First & Hope Scores Barman Marcos Tello

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Score another point for First & Hope in the swelling war of cocktail craftsman. The forthcoming Downtown supper club reaches out through its reps today to tell us that superstar bartender Marcos Tello is coming to work at First & Hope and not to the bar manager position at The Tar Pit, as reported in The L.A. Times while announcing Audrey Saunders' departure. Tello might have been swayed by the recent recruitment of The Edison's Aidan Demarest, with whom he'd long worked, or maybe he just wanted to stay with a Downtown crowd. In any case, the news, swift on the heels of the hire of Joe Brooke at The Edison, bodes well for First & Hope becoming an epicenter of innovative bar-tending.

Update: Caroline on Crack reports on Squid Ink that Tello resigned from Tar Pit yesterday, having been offered the bar manager position after Audrey Saunders' departure "due to creative differences." He will be found at The Varnish until mid-March when First & Hope opens.