Bartender joins Aberdeen restaurant to lead on ‘innovative’ drinks


Dominic Willox

Beetroot Restaurants is planning to offer new, innovative drinks at its latest venture in Aberdeen after appointing a leading bartender as bar manager.

Dominic Willox (pictured) has joined the team at Southern American and soul food restaurant Cue which is due to open in February in the site of The Courtyard which will close after January 1’s Hogmanay celebration.

In his role at Cue, he will be responsible for a team of three bartenders, training them and pushing them to experiment with flavours and ingredients for drinks in new and exciting ways. The bar will specialise in south American and Southern US-themed drinks.

Dominic, aged 25, has worked his way up at a number of Scotland’s top bars including The Tippling House in Aberdeen and was named runner-up in Aberdeen-based 10 Dollar Shake’s 2014 Bartender of the Year award.

Chris Tonner, managing director and head chef of Beetroot Restaurants, said: “Dominic has a wealth of great experience and knowledge of the industry, and I am delighted to have him join Cue. He will definitely bring a whole new flurry of inspiration to the team.

“Dominic is well-known for his inventive cocktails and attention to detail, and I have faith in him that we will push the boundaries with food and drink whilst managing his team effectively. It is a very exciting time for us and his appointment will raise the bar with Cue’s drinks offering,”

Dominic added: “I am delighted to be joining the team and cannot wait to get stuck into creating a new, innovative drinks menu for the people of Aberdeen to indulge in once the restaurant opens in February.

“At present we are experimenting with a number of exciting ingredients and flavours, and I am really looking forward to showcasing our creations in the coming months. I’ve already persuaded Chris to buy new, state-of-the-art equipment which will allow us to really get inventive in the lab.”

Beetroot Restaurants, which also includes “dirty cooking style” restaurant The Adelphi Kitchen and outside catering company Eat Beetroot, will partner with emerging hot sauce producers Angus & Oink for Cue. Food will be “non-fuss” high-quality and traditional barbecue cuisine. As well as a bar, it will have an area for live music acts.

Chris added: “The recent popular barbecue trend has taken the UK by storm, so we have decided to be one of the first establishments to bring this new dining experience to the city, diversifying the market with our unique ideology.

“We want the new business to be one of the leading eating destinations in the city so we have decided to pull away from the fine-dining aspect and offer customers an authentic barbecue experience.

“I am delighted to be partnering with Angus & Oink for this venture and I am looking forward to showing Aberdeen a totally new style of cooking.

Malissa Fraser of Angus & Oink added: “We have grown from strength to strength this year throughout the north-east and now, having launched our online store, we are seeing expansion throughout the UK.

“Our unique sauces and seasonings were inspired by our journey throughout the Southern US and South America, where we discovered tremendous barbecue cuisine.

“We are delighted to be a partner in Cue, a new exciting culinary adventure that will bring authentic barbecue food to the people of Aberdeen.”

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