The tender: Tammy Hartman
The bar: TEXAZ Grill (6003 N. 16th St., 602-248-7827)
The pedigree: Hartman has been bartending in places throughout the Valley for 30 years. She got her start working alongside her sister at The Monastery, a venerable neighborhood bar that's now closed, and jumped around several more places before settling in at TEXAZ, where she's been for more than 15 years.
Here? It's really close to my home. When I started, I had a girlfriend call me up and say that Lone Star [the restaurant's former name] was hiring, so I said sure. I interviewed with the one owner, Jim, for an hour and 45 minutes. Great guy. He wanted to know everything about me. He told me to come in the next day and meet the other owner, so I did, talked with him for about two minutes, and he told me to come into work the next day.
What's your favorite part of the job?
The customers. We have a lot of regulars. When the economy is down, like it is now, a lot of places' business tends to drop off, but I don't think ours has as much because we have so many loyal customers.
Having worked in Phoenix for more than thirty years, what changes have you seen in the city?
When I first moved up to my ranch, there was nothing else up there. The 17 was a two-lane road. I had a friend who used to go to Tucson a lot, and he'd always say the day would soon come when Phoenix and Tucson touched. It's been getting closer every year.
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