“At the beginning of last week The Lobo removed ‘Plantation’ from our name in solidarity with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) in the Caribbean rum industry and around the world,” said owner, Jared Merlino.
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The venue is named for Merlino’s great-grandfather, Bartolo, who emigrated to Australia from Sicily in 1910, and it’s his experience Di Franco has sought to imagine as the core idea behind the list.
The cocktails at Caffe Bartolo are courtesy of bar manager (and Mancino vermouth ambassador) Grazia Di Franco, and each drink has a story to tell, like this here Summer Love.
Not content with being the co-owner of Sydney bars The Lobo Plantation, Kittyhawk, and Big Poppa’s, award-winning operator Jared Merlino has recently opened his first solo project, Caffe Bartolo.
“Maybe you don’t need to have six shots to be good at your job.” A look at sober bartenders and wellness in the grueling hospitality industry.
After opening The Lobo Plantation, Jared Merlino and has since opened Kittyhawk and Big Poppa’s — and now has three Sydney venues kicking goals despite the doom and gloom of the lockout era.
Sam Bygrave sat down with him to talk about how he got to be where he is today.