Cocktail Times Exclusive Interview|
Saturday, September 22, 2001
Windows on the World Bar, 107th Floor, World Trade Center
More than a week has passed after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, where George Delgado worked as a head bartender for 5 years at the Windows on the World Bar. Delgado shared his memory of working on top of the building and explained how he struggles in his recovering process since the attack.
On September 11th, the first attack hit the north tower of the World Trade Center, followed by another plane into the second tower. The twin towers collapsed shortly after the attack. More than 70 percent of the bar employees are missing. He was not at the scene on the Tuesday morning. "I was working late on Monday night so that I didnŐt have to come in until 3 PM in the afternoon on Tuesday," said Delgado.
Windows on the World
"On my last day at the World Trade Center, I taught a class about spirits. The class was for everybody from bartenders to media people, restaurant owners to the people who had interests in spirits and cocktails."
More than 120,000 people visited the World Trade Center on an average weekday. Windows on the World Bar was one of the attractions to the visitors.
"The wonderful thing about the World Trade Center was that we had everything. We had tourists, we had brokers and traders who worked in the building. We had people from the Bronx and Brooklyn. And we had a band every night."
"I am still in shock. If you ask me, every 10 minutes I am feeling something else."
Delgado is now going to countless funeral services and volunteering to help rescue workers and victims. "I haven't even considered going back to work this week. I am still trying to get pass this senseless attack before I get on with life. "
He shared his hopes in the nation's recovery. "I would like to see downtown New York rebuilt, maybe not the twin towers, but just as wonderful and accessible."
"Part of my anger tells me that I want to see terrorism just extinguished and terminated."
He is a native of New York City. Before coming to work at the World Trade Center, he was a UPS truck driver in Brooklyn.
"A friend of mine inherited his uncle's restaurant in upstate New York. On the weekends we'd go up there to spend some time. When he needed to get out of the bar, he'd ask me to look over the bar because he wouldn't trust anybody but me. So I started to learn a few drinks and enjoyed it. After a while I kind of got a kick out of it and next thing you know, I was doing that for several months on the weekends."
"...One job grew from another and 6 years went by. And finally I got the job at the Windows. I've dreamed to work there. For 5 years I never felt that it was work. It was something that I've almost done for nothing. Windows on the World set the
industry's standard for all restaurants."
(Cocktail Times) Are you going to keep bartending after this?
"I can't think of doing anything else."
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