Montgomery Restaurants Receive Industry Awards for Outstanding Work

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WSFA) – Two Montgomery restaurants have won top awards for their outstanding work at the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association’s annual industry award winners dinner.

Lower Lounge head bartender Nick Ware was named 2021 Bartender of the Year and Vintage Hospitality Group owner Jud Blount was named restaurateur of the year. The Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association awarded both at its Stars of the Industry Awards, which honor the Alabama accommodation, tourism and foodservice industry.

Ware’s cocktail “A Streetcar Called Equality” helped him win the title. The cocktail would have a flavor inspired by Montgomery’s rich history, connecting Ware’s choice of whiskey, liquors, syrups and garnishes to specific historical events, cultural influences and the city’s landscape. It’s currently on the Lower Lounge menu, along with other creations from Ware.

Vintage Hospitality Group operates Vintage Year, its flagship fine-dining restaurant, and Vintage Cafe, a coffee shop, daytime restaurant, and retail store. The company also owns the MGM Greens hydroponic farm.

In 2022, the group will open City Fed, a new downtown venue that will feature private event spaces and an authentic Italian restaurant called Ravello.

Executive Chef Eric Rivera, also of Vintage Hospitality Group, was a finalist in the Chef of the Year category. Britany Bohlen of Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center was a finalist in the Back of House Restaurant Employee of the Year category.

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