Food & Drink
March 28, 2014 • 01:55:02 p.m.

Meet Your Bartender: Carrie Granatelli of Firewood Restaurant & Sports Lounge in McHenry (VIDEO)


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Carrie Granatelli

Carrie Granatelli

BAR OR CLUB: Firewood Restaurant & Sports Lounge in McHenry

HOMETOWN: Spring Grove


Carrie Granatelli of Spring Grove started bartending because of the flexibility it offered while she attended college.

The job stuck. 

At 34, Granatelli has bartended for Firewood Restaurant & Sports Lounge in McHenry for about four and a half years and other places before that.

She studied commercial recreation management and worked as a restaurant manager for awhile, but returned to bartending. 

“There’s no plan on leaving any time in the near future,” she said. “There’s a lot more flexibility and I like the people. It’s something different every day. You always meet new people.”

Let’s meet Granatelli. 

FIREWOOD IS ... a fun sports bar and a nice upscale restaurant as well. So there’s something for everybody.

OUR MOST POPULAR DRINK IS ... I would say our craft beers right now.

MY FAVORITE DRINK TO MAKE IS ... I would go with Layered Bomb Pops. 

A CUSTOMER SAYS, ‘SURPRISE ME,’ YOU GIVE THEM ... I always ask if there’s anything they really don’t like first, and then it depends on the season. Margaritas of different flavors are always fun for the summer. And, for the winter, more of the Chocolate Martinis, something a little heavier. 

YOU CAN GET ON MY GOOD SIDE ... by just being nice and smiling.

THE WORST PICKUP LINE I’VE HEARD BEHIND THE BAR IS ... I don’t know that I’ve heard a really terrible line. It’s more just           seeing people who have had too many drinks and are not capable of coming up with a good line.

THE WORST THING I’VE EVER SEEN SOMEONE DO IN A BAR IS ... I’ve seen a few really bad fights, and a few people getting sick at or around the bar which also ranks right up there.

THE STRANGEST THING I’VE EVER BEEN ASKED IS ... I don’t know. Nothing’s really coming to mind. I’d have to think about that one.


WHEN I’M NOT WORKING .... I’m swimming, hanging out at home with my husband and two dogs, hanging out with family and friends.

YOU CAN FIND ME BEHIND THE BAR ... on Monday nights and every other Wednesday night and every other Sunday.

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