Mystery Basket Cocktail Competition

Sunday February 28th we held a Mystery Basket Cocktail Competition on Foodie and the Beast, The Nycci Nellis Show, between four of our restaurants, Republic, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, BlackSalt and Black's Bar & Kitchen.

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Meet The Competitors

From Left: Brett Robison - Republic, Rich Willet - Pearl Dive, George Sault - BlackSalt, Joel Bailey- Black's Bar & Kitchen

The Mystery Basket


Fresh Ginger & Basil Mule
(Muddled Lime & Basil, House Made Basil Shrub, Ginger Beer & Bulleit Bourbon)


The Entire Cast

From Left: David Nellis, Brett Robison, Austin Ginsberg, Rich Willet, Catherine Ker, Jeff Black, Nycci Nellis, George Sault, Joel Bailey

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