An award-winning barman who has built a reputation on refined cocktails of a classic nature and by promoting a modest bar atmosphere, Robb Jones serves as head bartender at Spoon and Stable Minneapolis from Chef Gavin Kaysen “I want to familiarize people with classics,” Robb explains. “We’re doing variations that change not so much seasonally, but rather with what we want to showcase. Something familiar, but a bolder version.”
Robb ensures his staff pays the same attention to the details as he does, focusing on their craft and also the guests by adapting to requests. “Spoon and Stable is a place where we want to be known for saying ‘yes,’” he says. “I show my bartenders to take ownership of what they’re doing and be proud of it. We’re going to give guests great drinks, but we want them to be impressed with the service and have the best time they’ve ever had in a restaurant.”
The St. Paul native got his start in the industry in the kitchen, cooking in restaurants after graduating from the Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale. It was working the line at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix where Robb drew much of his current cocktail inspiration. “I learned to apply what I knew about food and how flavors work together in a culinary sense to making well-balanced drinks.”
Back home in the Twin Cities, Robb transitioned from the kitchen to the bar at Bradstreet Craftshouse, which was then the sister establishment to Chicago’s famed Violet Hour. “I’d work the bar a day a week, then two, then three, and then ended up managing the bar.” Prior to Spoon and Stable, Robb led the bar program at the critically-acclaimed Saffron. During his tenure, he earned the “Best Bartender in Minneapolis” title from City Pages</> in 2013 and recently received it again in 2015 while at Spoon and Stable.
Robb has recently completed a week of intense education at BAR 5 day in New York, and has taken part in Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans both as a CAP in 2014 and again as a CAP leader in 2016. He is President of the Minnesota chapter of the United States Bartender’s Guild which is actively partnered with Share Our Strength, regularly shaking and mixing behind the bar for charity events in the Twin Cities. “I’m looking forward to creating something special at Spoon and Stable and being a part of what we’re doing there, and continuing to watch the amazing bar culture we have in the Twin Cities grow.” says Robb.