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New York’s PDT Wins First-Ever James Beard Foundation “Outstanding Bar Program Award” Sponsored by Campari


Jim Meehan

PDT’s Jim Meehan. Photo by Kent Miller

New York City’s highly acclaimed PDT (Please Don’t Tell) won the first ever James Beard Award for “Outstanding Bar Program”, sponsored by Campari. The award, a first for the James Beard Foundation, recognizes restaurants that display and encourage excellence in cocktail, spirit, and/or beer service through a well-presented drink list, a knowledgeable staff, and efforts to educate customers about beverages. Clearly, PDT, led by industry veteran Jim Meehan fits the bill.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit PDT, you must. To get in, you first enter a noisy hot dog eatery, then walk through a vintage phone booth which will lead you into PDT, a Prohibition-era speakeasy style bar. Shh..

Also nominated for the award were Chicago’s The Aviary, San Francisco’s Bar Agricole, NYC’s Pegu Club and Chicago’s The Violet Hour.

Congratulations to Jim Meehan and PDT, and all those nominated.


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