Bartender Buddha: Rob Fralick of Blackbird Tavern in Middlefield
Rob Fralick of Blackbird Tavern in Middletown (Melissa Byron photo)
found at: Blackbird Tavern (Middlefield)
What's the most unfriendly bar topic?
Religitics: religion and politics, because people get very emotional about these topics. Politics are so polarized at the moment and when you combine it with alcohol, it's a disaster.
“Beer before liquor, never been sicker,” true or false?
I am a believer in moderation. I also know everyone reacts differently to what they consume. You can give one person one drink and they get sick, while someone else can have three drinks and still be sober. Then there's the full-moon effect and that's when patrons get weird and start making threats. All bets are off when it's a full moon.
Has the bar scene been affected by the economy?
My partner and I opened this place in 2008, six months before the economy crashed, and our business has grown every year. It's a bit like classic rock. We serve good food at reasonable prices, we have a relaxing and charming bar where people feel comfortable coming. Also being in Middlefield we don't have a lot of competition. Our outdoor patio is next to a waterfall, and indoors we have lots of rock 'n' roll memorabilia on the walls.