The ABC gives bar owners two weeks to shut down and make repairs;
longer than that, and they have to surrender their liquor license and
go through another inspection. So from January 1 to 15, Amber's 10 working
partners worked morning to night to remove everything that smelled like
smoke -- in short, everything -- and then strip the paint and repaint, install
the wood paneling that leading partner Peter Garcia had been staining
in his garage, build a bar in the back, and rebrand as The Residence. The newly smokeless bar opened to the public Saturday night.
Inspired by Campbell Apartment
in New York's Grand Central Station, The Residence is meant to look
like someone's apartment -- albeit the apartment of no one you know. The partner-bartenders have created a Charlie to their Angels, a "Mister
Goodbarr," a world traveler who leads the cocktail menu with a note to
his "guests" and returns from his "travels" every couple of months with
"souvenirs" and drink specials -- i.e., when Mister Goodbarr returns
from Chile, Garcia will design pisco drinks to pimp. "It
keeps us from being stagnant, and as bartenders, from being bored,"
says Maldonado. Here's hoping Mister Goodbarr will treat his guests
slightly better than another fictional Mister Goodbar did Diane Keaton.
The Residence 718 14th St. (at Church), 797-8866