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Nightcaps & Roadsters

Published:Thursday | November 11, 2010
Village Blues Bar bartender Rayon Obie pours the signature Village Cat which will be perfect to top off your night during Restaurant Week. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Upon presentation of your RW receipt, each diner will receive one specialty drink 'on the house' at these locations.

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Ryan Obie is the man behind the counter at Village Blues Bar in Orchid Village Plaza on Barbican Road.

Four years ago, Obie's bartending career began at Village. He did a stint on the north coast and then Truck Stop before returning to the Village about a year ago.

What drives him is his love for mixing drinks. He was a model and a certified mechanical engineer, but he has always loved mixing drinks so he decided to do something that he loves.

"I love pleasing my customers and I always thought of doing something that I love, something new." And the ingredient that he loves working with most is vodka. As he told Food, "It's very versatile and a lot of persons love to drink it."

Obie loves working around a theme. Sometimes his concoctions come from him just 'messing around', or the mood he's in or the taste that the customer is looking for.

He is currently in the process of building a very unique drink menu for Village. "It will be the case where you get that drink only at Village," he notes, adding, "Even our cosmopolitan is different."

So for this year's Gleaner-sponsored Restaurant Week, the perfect night-cap should be the Village Cat or try a Cotton Candy, which is a mixture of crème de menthe liqueur, triple sec, Appleton Genesis with lime juice and a splash of grenadine. Obie loves thinking out of the box, and though the Village is known for its frozen drinks like mudslides and daiquiris, you will never taste it made the way it's done at the Village.