Lesley Young-Klein chats about motherhood and Jägerbombs
EVERYONE knows Ryan’s Pub. For many of us who live in downtown West Chester, it’s like a second living room. This month we got to know one of Ryan’s longest-serving bartenders. Lesley Young-Klein stood up on her tippy toes so she could see over the bar to have her picture taken, then chatted with us about what it’s like working in a family-owned pub.
Name: Lesley Young-Klein
Hometown: West Chester
Born and raised? Yup
How long have you been bartending? Let me see… about 15 years?
How flattered are you to be bartender of the month? I’ll be even more flattered if you don’t tell people my age.
Sorry, no can do. Well, then I’ll at least say that it is exciting. Any publicity for Ryan’s is good publicity.
How upset is your fellow bartender JB that owner Pat Ryan picked you as Bartender of the Month? Ummm. I’d say he is pretty perturbed. He is like one of those six-year-old beauty queens from Toddlers & Tiaras.
What separates Ryan’s from other bars in town? We have a great staff, fast service and easonable prices. We’ve had the same regulars since day one, which helps with the fact that whenever anyone walks in, they feel at home.
And what separates you from other bartenders? The fact that I’m not just here to pay my car insurance. I have a mortgage, a family, real issues, so I make sure that whenever anyone comes in here, they’re happy. I treat them –no matter their age – like they’re one of my kids. I guess I bring a real adult attitude to it.
What’s the most common drink at Ryan’s? Bombs. Thursday nights we have $5 bombs – vodka, Jäger, car bombs, all of it. But they’re also popular on other nights. Bud Light drafts are popular because they’re always $2.75.
What’s a drink people often order that you hate? Absolut Lemon Drop Martini. It’s just one liquor, so you’d think it was easy. But in the end, you’ve got sugar packets and lemon rinds all over the bar. It’s just not standard.
If you’re not at Ryan’s, what are you doing? I’m taking care of my eight-year-old daughter Jackson, or cleaning up around the house.
Do you have any hobbies? I’d like to say my hobbies are going to the gym and doing outdoor sports, but the truth is my only real hobby is sleeping any chance I get.
When you’re not at Ryan’s, where would you go for a drink? Jitters, Kooma, Sidebar – anywhere that I know has good, experienced bartenders.
Okay, anything coming up at Ryan’s you want to mention? The Eighth Annual Ryan’s Pub Golf Outing – it supports the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia, a cause close to our hearts. You can sponsor a hole, or you can just play for $125. If you want to know more or want to register, you can come into the bar or email email@example.com