Martini tips from a Musso and Frank’s veteran

Musso and Frank's has been giving patrons an experience of classic Hollywood since opening its doors in 1919. Bartender Ruben Rueda has been there for nearly fifty of those years.

Ruben Rueda is the longest tenured bartender at Musso & Frank Grill, one of the fabled watering holes mentioned by writer Andrea Richards on this week’s cocktails show. Musso’s is Hollywood’s oldest restaurant, and Rueda has been working the bar there for nearly fifty years. He recently spoke with Richard Parks III about his career, including how he makes a proper Musso’s martini and what it was like to kick Steve McQueen out of his bar. This interview is a sneak preview of an upcoming episode of Parks’ sound-rich, playful “gastrocomedy” food show, “Richard’s Famous Food Podcast.”

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Ruben Rueda has been working the bar in some capacity at Musso and Frank Grill in Hollywood for nearly fifty years. Photo credit: Richard Parks III