Whiskey Bravo takes it up a level with culinary collaboration

Published: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 02:54 PM.

723 Whiskey Bravo opened its doors about a year ago, and now it’s embarking on a new course.

Initially opening as a multi-level sports bar restaurant, the establishment has a new chef, menu, and has embarked on a new path under new direction.

Now known as 723 Whiskey Bravo Bistro & Bar, George Barnes, former owner of the successful Smiling Fish Cafe in Gulf Place has come onboard to lead the restaurant as director of operations.

One of Barnes' first orders of business was to hire a new executive chef. That chef is Alan Baltazar, formerly with Cuvee Bistro in Destin.

Barnes said the conversation with the restaurant's owners, Skip and Victoria Moore, started three months ago with a plan to increase the restaurant's efficiency.

Although at Smiling Fish Barnes could usually be found in the kitchen, he said at Whiskey Bravo, it's a culinary collaboration.

"I interviewed three or four potential candidates for the job, and I thought Alan's experience, passion, and youth brought a quality and energy that couldn't be matched," said Barnes. "He is very talented. He was a customer of mine at Smiling Fish, and we will work together to define a vision of the menu."

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