A Club to drink is born
Smoky's Martini Club is set to have its first anniversary party in May, and with 718 members and a menu of 125 martinis, it promises to be a lively night.
The club ws started by "Martini Bob" Perry, who has worked at Smoky's restaurant for 23 years and now manages its bar. It began simply with "buy eight martinis (ideally, over many visits) and get a ninth free." (Smoky's offers free cab rides home on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.)
But Perry then began collecting recipes, expanding the menu, including some from the members, for whom they are named, selling T-shirst and polo shirts and sponsoring a coed volleyball team. He is now planning a series of tastings of both martinis and wine in upcoming months. "There's a lot of younger people in the club, and they're having a lot of fun with it," Perry said.