Ryan Maybee is determined to do things is own way. Which is exactly why I’m highlighting him and his business today. Ryan’s blond hair and easy manner are very much the type of guy who will put you at ease. Not exactly the type of guy who you would think would be breaking the law. The definition of a speakeasy was a underground drinking establishment during prohibition in the 1920’s. He seems pretty humble yet determined which in my opinion is a winning combination. Ryan is HOT cause he is doing what others are not. He is choosing to be bold and innovative. He is challenging the status quo and thinking and living outside the box. This is exactly what the market is asking for and Ryan delivers. He recently opened Manifesto in the basement of 1924 Main, his most recent innovative concept and business venture.The speakeasy allure and experience starts by not having a sign and having to enter through the back alley. Push the button and you’ll be buzzed in to creep down the stairs and enter this forbidden establishment. During Prohibition you had to sneak around to drink so you didn’t get caught doing it. You were suppose to speak quietly so not to draw attention of the police, thus speak easy.Reservations are always a good thought but this is also a drop by kind of place, but with all Manifesto you kind of have to know where it is. There is no standing around waiting on a table. If they are full you will be placed on a wait list they will take your cell phone number and call you when your table is ready. In the mean time feel free to go someplace else and anticipate what is to come when it’s your turn. Ryan has a vision, one which many said wouldn’t work. But as those of you who know the secret of being passionate about your vision are aware, it is your belief that makes things happen.Ryan’s vision is about his customers having an experience from the very beginning. Thus the back door buzzer. You instantly feel like your doing something you shouldn’t be doing. Come on admit it we all like to be nauthy. Ryan includes in this experience over the top hospitality with a culinary approach to the art of mixology. Ryan has spent 9 months training his staff to make sure that quality is what drives this engine. Ryan’s work ethic and dedication to education are what sets him apart from every other bartender in town. He is currently working on a masters in mixology through a training program in New York which will place him in the top 20 individuals of his field in the country. Ryan has been quoted by The Boston Foodie as saying “I’ve always and will forever be fascinated by the high form, the skill level, the creative level of bartenders and mixology … my era is definitely pre-prohibition, 1850 to 1920, a really good time for bars. Every drink — or nearly every one we serve — is based on a classic cocktail.”Feel free to find Manifesto on Facebook or text him 816.536.1325 to make a reservation.Recently highlighted in the Kansas City Star you can read more about Manifesto here. Sipping with speakeasy style: Manifesto infuses classic cocktails with turn-of-the-century charmRyan is a native Kansas Citian who got his start at Pierpont’s at Union Station. He has won many bartending awards and competitions over his career so far. His personality and presence comes out from behind the bar in many ways some of which are his interest in writing but most notebly his personal style of interaction with his clientiel asking detailed questions. Not just your driveby “everything ok?” from Ryan. He engages his clients in order to get relevant feedback so he can constantly be on the top of his game and continue to provide quality product and service. He thinks many resturant and bar owners understimate their clientele. Not Ryan, he sees a future where all drinks are made with fresh ingredients from local growers which is how he makes his drinks now. Shatto Blanc is one of the drinks on the menu at Manifesto that includes Shatto Root Beer Milk as one of the ingredients. I just might have to try that one. And how cute is this little guy of the many calves you’ll find out at the Shatto farm.[img_assist|nid=204|title=Shatto calf|desc=|link=popup|align=center|width=380|height=294]
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