Well, that didn't take long. Only two weeks after her sudden departure from the Treadsack Group's cocktail bar Canard, popular bartender Leslie Krockenberger (formerly Ross) has a found a new home at acclaimed downtown cocktail bar Moving Sidewalk. The move unites Krockenberger with one of her fellow Tastemaker Awards Bartender of the Year nominees, Moving Sidewalk owner Alex Gregg.
"We couldn't be happier to have her join the team," said Gregg in a statement. "Her creativity, her intensity, attention to detail, ability to think outside of the box—hell, even her tattoos!— fits right in. We all have so much to learn from each other. We've always joked about how cool it would be to get to work together and now we finally have the chance. The Moving Sidewalk team is stoked!"
Indeed, Krockenberg brings an impressive resume to her new role. In addition to developing menus for five Treadsack properties over the course of a year — Johnny's Gold Brick, Hunky Dory, Bernadine's, Foreign Correspondents, and Canard — Krockenberg also reached the finals of the prestigious United States Bartenders' Guild's Most Imaginative Bartender competition in 2014. One of her proteges, Canard's Rebecca Burkhart, reached the finals this year.
"Ever since his earlier days at Anvil, I've always wanted to work with Alex," Krockenberger adds. "I have great admiration for the well-oiled machine that is Moving Sidewalk. I’m working with a superstar staff, creating exciting cocktails and have access to the best ice in the business. I can't wait to show Houston what we have in store."
Gregg, Krockenberger, and the other Moving Sidewalk bartenders are currently developing the bar's fall/winter menu. With previous efforts inspired by the cult classic movie Point Break, iconic Houston amusement park AstroWorld, and others, the bar has to work pretty hard to top itself. Now that Krockenberger is on board, that shouldn't be a problem.