New Lead Bartender for Five Crowns & SideDoor


Lawry’s Restaurants Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Thom as Lead Bartender of Five Crowns and SideDoor in Corona del Mar.

Peter joins the Five Crowns & SideDoor team carrying an array of bartending experience including his most recent role as Bartender and Beer Manager at Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens where he designed the entire beer program. As a certified cicerone, beer lover and cocktail enthusiast, Thom is thrilled to have found the perfect blend of fine dining and craft gastropub at Five Crowns & Side Door.

“We are delighted to welcome Peter Thom to our growing team of talented staff,” says Ryan Wilson, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer for Lawry’s Restaurants Inc. “As SideDoor nears its tenth anniversary in January of 2020, Peter will certainly be a valuable asset as we continue to develop our bar program to be enjoyed by generations to come.”

As a young teen, Peter began working in the hospitality industry washing dishes at a local restaurant in his hometown of Snohomish, a small farming town in Washington. Though he became a licensed contractor in his home state, Thom’s admiration for the freedom that the hospitality and culinary industry presented eventually led him to his career path today.

When it comes to serving his guests, Peter truly enjoys the social aspect of bartending and the opportunity it provides to creatively satisfy each unique taste. While Peter’s beverage of choice is a bright and refreshing gin cocktail, his favorite drink to make is a creative spin on the classic Old Fashioned. When it comes to garnishes, Thom never misses an opportunity to utilize fresh herbs and fruits picked from the restaurants’ culinary garden, Hazel Street Farm.

Peter has already been hard at work behind the Five Crowns and SideDoor bar developing a new menu of seasonal sips including Smoke on the Horizon with Dulce Vida reposado, Siembra mezcal and fresh lemon, and will soon introduce a number of decadent barrel-aged cocktails.

“I’m grateful to the Lawry’s family for welcoming me to the Five Crowns and SideDoor team,” says Thom. “It’s important to me to never stop learning, and to be a part of an organization with a proven commitment to developing their staff to in turn provide a better experience for their guests. It’s the creative environment that I’ve been looking for.”

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