A few months ago, we highlighted our Master Mixologist, Ethan Plumb who has not only been a wonderful addition to the Bentley’s Grill team, his new craft cocktail menu has completely elevated how downtown Salem does Happy Hour! This month, we’re shining the spotlight on Ethan’s right-hand man, Ryan Johnston.
Ryan, pictured below, joined the Bentley’s family nearly six years ago and has been a valuable member of our Bartending Team, for four of those years. An expert in his own right, he has helped to create an innovative bar scene filled with energy and excitement at Bentley’s.
After the addition of Ethan to the team and the introduction to the world of Kentucky bourbons and craft cocktails, Ryan found a passion for it. “The last six months Ethan and I have worked our butts off to create a bar program like no other in Salem.” As a result, Bentley’s has seen a significant increase in bar traffic, especially with people wanting to come in and test out the new drinks along with the new dinner menu.
This dynamic duo has developed an effective and balanced performance, with Ethan staying in the ice-well and making drinks, while Ryan greets guests and takes care of the bar rail. Working behind the biggest bar in Salem, they utilize that space as much as possible to mix drinks faster and reduce the wait for guests. Bentley’s recently switched to all fresh-squeezed juices, adding more potent flavors to classic favorites.
The two have also created an atmosphere of camaraderie, enhancing the affable service to guests and providing an incomparable dining experience for everyone at the bar. Similar to Chef Hans coming out to check on the tables about the food once the restaurant slows down, Ethan is able to go around and talk to the guests about their drinks to make it a great experience all around.
Ethan’s aspirations combined with Ryan’s tenacious curiosity for creating new drinks is changing Salem’s bar scene, introducing a new level of imagination and passion. All in all, Bentley’s offers a quality drink for a great price, wrapped up in an enjoyable night out. Come on by one afternoon or evening and say to hello to Ryan, Ethan and the rest of the outstanding Bentley’s bartending team and experience our lounge bar scene along with daily drink and appetizer specials for yourself!