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Kuehner in his Sambar days.

 Earlier this week I got to catch up with the inimitable Jess Voelker. And, since it was a Wednesday night, we were able to do it at Vessel, over drinks by the similarly inimitable Jay Kuehner

The barman who built a following at Sambar is busy with a few different projects now that Le Gourmand's cocktail sibling finally, sadly, closed in the fall. A few weeks ago he started appearing behind the bar at Vessel on Wednesay with a drink list speaks of sunshine and Mexico, but never in a spring break sort of way. There’s lots of mezcal. Kuehner is also a barman in the most classic sense—he just makes you feel so damn at ease. 

One of his other proejcts is helping Matt Dillon dial in the spirits side of things over at Bar Sajor. So if you stop in on a Thursday or Friday night in the coming weeks, you just may see him tending bar in Pioneer Square.