Meet Bar Manager Justin Patrick - Pitcher Inn
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Meet Bar Manager Justin Patrick

The Pitcher Inn is only as good as our staff’s commitment to guest enjoyment and relaxation. One employee who exemplifies this commitment is Bar Manager Justin Patrick. We recently sat down with Justin to better understand what attracted him to Vermont and the inn and what keeps him here. Below is a lightly edited version of that conversation.

What’s your hospitality origin story?

My start in hospitality began in the Sunshine State of Florida upon my move from Gainesville to St. Petersburg. There I stumbled upon the historic Vinoy Hotel where I sought a job doing just about anything to get in the door (and free golf at the hotel course). Over the years, I immersed myself in various aspects of hotel operations, finding myself busiest behind the bar. Whether at the pool, the fine dining restaurant, the veranda, or the speakeasy, I thrived on creating memorable experiences for guests.

Why Vermont?

Eight years later, my wife and I decided to embark on a new adventure in the picturesque Green Mountains of Vermont. We discovered a charming old farmhouse in Rochester and made the big move in March 2023. With a background in hospitality and a deep appreciation for Vermont’s quaint inns, I explored the area and discovered The Pitcher Inn in Warren, just up the road from our new home in Rochester.

Why The Pitcher Inn?

I met Tunney (the inn’s beverage manager and sommelier) who was launching an exciting new cocktail and beverage program. In June 2023 I joined the team behind the bar, and after six months I took on the role of bar manager. Since then, I’ve been passionate about elevating our food and beverage program to new heights.

Every day, I drive through the scenic Granville Gulf, passing waterfalls and witnessing the changing seasons, eager to embrace new challenges at the inn.

What’s your favorite spring cocktail?

“Snap Out of It” – a snap pea play on a mezcal margarita with touch of Fino sherry from our new list.

You favorite room at the inn?

Mallard. I’ve gained a reputation as the bird man after taking on the inn’s egg-laying chickens. 

How do you spend your time when not behind the bar at Tracks?

On my days off, I enjoy tackling new projects on our 240-year-old farmhouse, taking our dogs to the river, and exploring Vermont’s charming small towns with my wife Carly.