On Tap: How did you get into bartending?
Jon Burdette: I started out doing private events like bar mitzvahs and weddings. Hard Times was my watering hole actually. I kinda got to know everyone and one thing led to another.
OT: Did it take some time to get used to being both the bartender and the cook?
JB: No. It didn’t. Maybe the first month or so.
OT: What bars or food spots do you hit when you get off of work?
JB: I go to Rock bottom and Harp & Fiddle here in Bethesda a lot.
OT: We’ve heard good things about the wings here. Which is your favorite?
JB: I have to go with the Original Texas. I also like mixing the BBQ and the Texas sauces. After eating the same stuff all the time, you need to start getting creative.
OT: Which sports team draws the biggest crowd?
JB: The NFL doesn’t draw as many people as I would have hoped. It’s a big College Football spot and the Caps by far draw the biggest crowd.
OT: What is your favorite shift?
JB: The busy shifts– Fridays or Saturdays, or wings night on Wednesdays. Time flies and we have a lot of fun. Superbowl Sunday was great last year – we cooked 7,000 wings. There was a blizzard outside but people still wanted their wings!
Catch Jon behind the bar of Hard Times Café in Bethesda Wednesday and Friday nights.
Hard Times Café Bethesda: 4920 Del Ray Ave, Bethesda, MD; 301-951-3300; www.hardtimes.com