On Nov. 30, Blue Dragon's Ming Tsai will host an industry night to honor beloved Tavern Road bartender Ryan McGrale, who died unexpectedly last weekend.
The industry outpouring in the wake of McGrale's sudden death was immense.
"It is with heavy hearts that we share that our friend and colleague, Ryan McGrale, passed away following a tragic accident earlier this weekend. The entire Tavern Road family is crushed for our loss, as well as for the loss of Ryan's family, girlfriend, and friends," the restaurant wrote on Facebook. A slew of tributes followed.
McGrale was known for his vivacious personality and knack for authentic, unforced hospitality.
"Ryan's service and hospitality were impeccable. He was unfailingly polite, extremely gracious, respectful, and had a remarkable talent for consistently making me and whoever I was with know that we were in great hands," wrote industry veteran Patrick Maguire on his personal website, I'm Your Server Not Your Servant.
All are welcome at Blue Dragon (324 A St. at Melcher Street) at 10 p.m. for specialty snacks and cocktails to benefit McGrale's family.