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The Old Bartender Blues

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A Day in the Life of Maurice Amzallag is ultimately a story about a state of mind of being an octogenarian who is 84 years young and actively bartending.


From the moment you see Maurice Amzallag stride down the street on the way to his bartending job at Café Fino in Palo Alto, it becomes clear that the video producer, Jon Orlin of Orlin Media, wanted to introduce Maurice Amzallag's story by creating this video called "The Old Bartender Blues".

The documentary briskly moves the story with points about the fascinating career of a poetic bartender 84 years young.

It was by chance at Café Fino that Jon Orlin met Maurice Amzallag mixing a Pernod martini, Maurice's personal concoction, that triggered the idea of producing a story that would reveal this genial and engaging bartender.

Maurice Amzallag’s journey to America started in 1955 from the San Raphael Hotel in Paris, France to the Beverly Hills Hotel in California.

After moving to San Francisco, his life was shaped by becoming friends with Charles Robert of the well-known Fleur De Lys, also with the great chef Rene Verdon of the Trianon Restaurant.

These contacts were followed by a great friendship with Henri LaPuyade of La Bourgogne Restaurant and an amazing business advisor to Roland Gotti of Ernie's Restaurant.

Eventually Maurice decided to open his own restaurant called Rue Lepic at Pine & Mason in San Francsico, a block away from the Mark Hopkins and Fairmont hotels atop Nob Hill.

The time was perfect to bring his three young children still in Paris to come and live San Francisco . . . from that point on his story is worth viewing to capture a down to earth story of a poetically amazing person with over 60 years in the restaurant industry.


Editor’s Note: Recently Taste Publications learned of this video about a long-time hospitality professional still bartending in the San Francisco Bay Area. The preceding introduction to the brief preview of the video was penned by his daughter, Janine Lazarewicz.

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