Q39 creating competition level bar with addition of Jenn Tosatto
Starting July 5, there will be a new face behind the bar at Q39
Kansas City, Mo. (June 21, 2016) – Rob Magee is pleased to announce that the extremely talented and well-known Kansas City bartender, Jenn Tosatto, is taking over as bar manager at Q39 starting July 5. Tosatto will build a competition level bar to match its award-winning competition BBQ, as it prepares to expand the bar and restaurant at its original 39th Street location in September and open a second location in Overland Park in early 2017.
Tosatto is up for the challenge to elevate the Q39 bar experience. She will build the program by working with Chef Rob to coordinate cocktails, wine and beer with the flavors of Q39. The first step for Tosatto will be learning the menu, getting to know the bar staff and immersing herself in the high energy of Q39. She is starting to assemble and build the bar team now. She says she plans to have the new bar program in place soon for smooth execution when the additional bar and restaurant space opens this fall.
Tosatto’s bar program and the kitchen will go hand-in-hand, complementing each other and using house-made ingredients in the cocktails. Tosatto says she is playing with classic cocktails with classic techniques so all flavor profiles will pair well with barbeque.
Tosatto is well-known among the Kansas City bar scene. Her bartending experience in Kansas City began when she wanted to blend her passion for bartending with her passion for performing with a job at Bar Natasha. The only opening available was a bar back position and she took it, along with the stage, until she placed second in a bartending competition and Missy Koonce kicked her up to bartender. Tosatto worked with Ryan Maybee at Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange and most recently, Dempsey’s Burger Pub. Tosatto now brings her bartending talent, competition level skills and passion to Q39.
Tosatto’s passion for cocktail culture extends beyond the bar. She is actively involved and has competed in the Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival in recent years. Though Tosatto isn’t competing this year, she is on the board of Paris of the Plains, as well as coordinating her own bartending contest, Midwest Melee, where bartenders from four different cities come to compete. Her experience with bartending competition doesn’t stop there. Tosatto has competed in many bartending contests around the nation, receiving many awards and distinctions.
Awards and Distinctions:
- 2015 Vinos De Jerez Sherry Competition, National Finalist
- Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition
- 2nd place, 2014
- 2nd place, 2012
- 3rd place, 2008
- Gaz Regan’s “101 Best New Cocktails” book
- 2014 Pitch Best of Kansas City- Best Bartender
- 2013 Midwest Regional Speed Rack Competition, 2nd Place
- 2013 435 Magazine Best Bartender
- 2012 Barsmarts Graduate
- 2012 Diagio World Class Competition, National Finalist
- 2012 KC Magazine Best Bartender
- 2011 Auchentoshan Switch Competition, National Finalist
Q39 is fast earning its reputation as one of the best new restaurants in Kansas City. The restaurant is a unique hybrid of a wood-fired grill with award-winning barbecue in a full-service, sit-down restaurant, serving creative cocktails in a traditional bar. Q39 is chef-driven by Rob Magee, blending his national championship with the Munchin’ Hogs barbecue team and his training from the Culinary Institute of America. Thrillist featured Q39 in its “The Best BBQ Across America, According to Experts” as one of the “Best Burnt Ends”restaurants and The Huffington Post includes it as part of “5 of the Hottest Barbecue Trends for 2015.” Yahoo Travel includes Q39 in its “50 States: The Best BBQ Across America” as the best barbeque in Missouri. The Pitch stamped Q39 as “one of the best new barbecue joints to open” and The Kansas City Star says ”when the best of both worlds collide — as they have with Q39 — everyone wins.”
Located between the Country Club Plaza and downtown Kansas City, near the Westport entertainment district, Q39 is in the heart of the barbecue capitol. Q39 is located at 1000 West 39th Street, Kansas City, Mo., 64111. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday. For more information or reservations, call 816-255-3753 or visit Q39kc.com.