He doesn’t sing, he doesn’t dance, but CBC’s new restaurant manager certainly tells a good story. And if you’re lucky, you’ll catch his act at the 170 Orange Avenue location.
Johnny “O” Oliphant brings more than 20 years of restaurant and brewing experience to the job. Formerly hailing from La Jolla, by way of Fresno, Texas and Colorado, Johnny O has developed a tradition of spontaneously jumping up on the bar and regaling his customers with stories.
Not just any stories, but stories steeped in history, and just a bit of blarney, about beer, in particular the Coronado Brewing Company beers. He uses the storytelling to enhance awareness of the CBC brewing process with customers and employees. He’s big on old-style customer service and he uses the stories as a way of educating while entertaining. Audience participation is all part of the show.
Johnny O is a marvelous storyteller, with a flair for the dramatic. “Did you know Cleopatra was the first brewmaster?” He’s not shy, and seems to have no shortage of stories to share. Drop by the Coronado Brewing Company almost any day and say hello.
–Joe Ditler, CBC Publicist/Model T Wrangler