If you’ve walked into Stratus Restaurant during lunch service at any point in the last three years, then you’ve likely seen Marty behind the bar. A Stratus staple and favourite amoungst Members, Marty joined the team back in 2013 when Stratus relaunched with a new design and an expanded footprint. From there, he swiftly moved up the ranks from Server to Bar Manager in short order.
Marty graduated from Western with a BA in History and aspirations for law school. Post-graduation, while finding his groove in Toronto, he awakened an interest in finance. Currently Marty is working towards his Canadian Securities Course, making his role at Stratus the perfect marriage of networking and mentorship given the professional set of restaurant guests.
Another perk of course is access to the Toronto Athletic Club after his shift, “the biggest benefit of working here is having the TAC at your disposal. Coming from an athletic background playing Junior Hockey, I’ve always been active. There is no better gym in Toronto.” In fact, he’s a budding IRONMAN. “I did a half IRONMAN this summer, plan to do 3 next summer, and the summer after that I want to do a full IRONMAN. First one I came 101 out of 1247 and 11th in my division group. The goal is Kona in Hawaii, it’s like the holy grail.”
Marty’s athletic objectives are well-suited for the Club’s atmosphere, “the trainers here are amazing, I’ll be in the gym doing something and they will offer advice and give me tips. I do the swim clinic with James Corocoran every Monday, he’s helped me a bunch. Swimming is probably my weakest discipline of the three, he’s helped me tremendously.”
Smart, savvy, and he knows how to make a killer cocktail. His favourite creation? ‘A room with a view’ which includes botanist gin, pomegranate and lime juices, simple syrup, with pomegranate and lime wedge for a garnish. Although he’s equally proud of his barista skills, “I can do the heart and the tree design” he boasts, despite not being a coffee drinker himself.
So next time you’re in Stratus, saddle up to the bar and be sure to say hello. In his own words. “…part of being a good bartender is making people feel comfortable. I don’t judge. I have a few members that I could be their therapist, not anything I can tell you about, you know, non-disclosure.”