Evan Ackers, Bar Manager · Avenue Club
Evan Ackers got his first part-time restaurant job while he was going to school, and quickly fell in love with the industry. The Oregon, Wisconsin, native tended bar at the Ivory Room Piano Bar for a year and a half before starting as a host at Bluephies. There he eventually moved to serving and, later, bartending...which was his foot in the door for becoming a Bar Manager. So what does Evan value most about restaurant life? "The relationships with patrons and coworkers," he says. "There is never a dull moment." Not that Evan tolerates many dull moments in his active life; as a guy who would rather participate than watch, he loves to play basketball, rock climb, and just be outside!