Colin Shearn, noted bartender from The Franklin Mortgage Investment Co. in Philadelphia, has moved to Louisville to become bar manager position at sister its establishment, St. Charles Exchange.

According to a news release, while general manager at The Franklin, the bar was recognized as one of the country’s best by Esquire, GQ, and Bon Appétit. In July, it was featured in Playboy as one of “America’s Best Bars.”

“I’m coming to Louisville at a fortuitous time. It’s quickly becoming one of the major players on a national level in the world of cocktails,” Shearn said. “I’m excited for this opportunity and thrilled to be a part of it all.”

A native of Princeton, N.J., Shearn is a self-taught barman who got his start slinging beers and shots at his neighborhood bar, The Alchemist & Barrister.

Come see him in action and sip his creations. St. Charles Exchange is open lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and seven days a week for dinner and drinks from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, call (502) 618-1917, visit www.stcharlesexchange.com, Facebook.com/StCharlesExchange, or Twitter.com/stchrlesxchange.

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Steve Coomes
Steve Coomes is a restaurant veteran turned award-winning food, spirits and travel writer. In his 24-year career, he has edited and written for multiple national trade and consumer publications including Nation's Restaurant News and Southern Living. He is a feature writer for Louisville magazine, Edible Louisville & The Bluegrass and Food & Dining Magazine. The author of two books, "Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke," and the "Home Distiller's Guide to Spirits," he also serves as a ghostwriter for multiple clients.

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