Jay Kuehner, straining at Sambar.

Jay Kuehner —the man behind the elegant drinks at Ballard’s Sambar —has a second gig on Capitol Hill.

He’s been manning the bar at chef Matt Dillon’s Bar Ferd’nand in the Melrose Market.

Kuehner says he and Dillon have wanted to collaborate for years and he even talked about building a bar in the attic of the Corson Building. (How cool would that be?)

Bar Ferd’nand, which you’ll find in the market’s main corridor between Marigold and Mint and Calf and Kid, is mostly a wine and small plates bar, though Kuehner says he recently invested in some amaros. In other words, you won’t be able to experience the full range of his drink-mixing talents like you would at a fully stocked bar, but who cares? Everyone likes Jay Kuehner, go talk to him about strega and semillon.

Look for him at Melrose Market on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. (Ferd’nand is closed on Mondays.)

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