A room from the building’s past as Borden Dairy Depot, Janitor’s Closet has been furnished with relics from abandoned schools, flea markets and thrift shops. Visitors walk through the lobby and step down into the lower level and through a door marked “Employees Only.”
Break time for the janitor
Jef Tate, who oversees the bar program, designed the cocktail menu to evoke a sense of anything-could-happen, with drinks like the Café Con Leche Flip, with rum, coffee, heavy cream, simple syrup and egg yolk.
The booths at Janitor’s Closet are made to look like seats on an old school bus. Guests should definitely buckle up for Tate’s stash of cocktail ingredients, from okra-infused vermouth to black garlic kombucha and aloe liqueur.
Sop it up
Local restaurant 5411 Empanadas supplies bar snacks to go with all the high-octane and high-flavor cocktails.
Bitters and tinctures are tools of the trade at Janitor’s Closet. Tate created two new cocktails for the winter season: Groundskeeper Willie (cognac, amaro, banana liqueur, cinnamon tincture, walnut bitters) and Janitor’s Daiq, a beefed-up daiquiri playing with the strong flavors of Islay scotch and Sichuan Baijiu.