To celebrate #5yearsofcornershop, we wanted to introduce some of the awesome team members that make the place what it is. Say hi to them the next time you come in!
Name: Richie Cook
Job: Bartender at Fox
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
How long have you worked at the Cornershop? 1 year (before that I was at Death & Taxes)
Favorite team memory? One night, the entire staff of a bar in Winston Salem came down, and we spent the night talking with them about drinks and hospitality—it was cool to see this general interest in bettering the industry, and that other bartenders were using Fox as a model.
What do you like about your job? I love making cocktails that are unique, that offer a new experience. It’s always exciting coming in to work—being able to nerd out on cocktails with the other bartenders, bounce ideas off each other, learn new things.
When you’re not working, you’re probably...Reading cocktail books (right now I’m really into vermouth, so reading a bunch about that, how it’s changed over time, how it varies between cultures), or playing video games (Overwatch, currently).
What would you tell a visitor to do while in Raleigh? I'd tell them to stop by all the local cocktail joints, spots like Gallo Pelon and Foundation...we have lots of great bartenders and talent around Raleigh, and everyone has a different experience to offer.
What’s your favorite thing on the menu? My current favorite drink at Fox is the Grimm and Bear it—it's fruity, bitter, and boozy all at once, and hits so many aspects of your palate. Upstairs at Beasley's, I get what I like to call the Fatboy Bowl: I order the meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy, but sub in fried chicken for meatloaf and add shredded cheese. [Editor's note: DANG!]
Your secret talent is? I do graphic and web design on the side.
Want to work with us? Apply here.