Veronika Groth, behind the stick once again at Poppy.

Veronika Groth, the esteemed bartender who briefly took the reins at Chino’s before departing for Artusi, is back behind the bar where she made her name.

Yes, Groth is once again mixing drinks at Poppy. Tuesday marked her official return to the North Broadway institution, though before she was filling in here and there. She’ll man the bar solo on Monday and Tuesday nights, a task she doesn’t find daunting. "It’s full circle for me. It’s kind of like going home." After all, it was Groth who helped steer Poppy toward cocktail greatness, and many of her herbaceous creations are still on the menu.

Expect some new ones to surface soon. Groth will continue to clock in at Artusi on Saturdays and Sundays but is also busy building a fresh drinks list for Poppy. She anticipates those libations to appear on the happy hour menu by the end of June.

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