In this week’s review of Yusho, the new yakitori joint from ex-Trotter’s chef Matthias Merges, I couldn’t spill enough ink on barkeep Alex Bachman, whose evolving cocktail program promises to fill a void in Logan Square/Avondale when Paul McGee leaves the Whistler next week.
Bachman grew up on the Gold Coast, and landed his first restaurant job as a runner during Merges’s tenure at Charlie Trotter’s, beginning in 2003. After five years he’d worked his way up to assistant sommelier before he left and spent six month working under Christopher Donovan at the House of Glunz. It was there that he began to immerse himself in the study of artisanal spirits. “There was a lot to learn from,” he says. “He has stuff in the inventory going back to 1880.”