Bartender Alejandro Silva left and emcee Phil Wills a former World Bartender Championship competitor

Bartender Alejandro Silva, left, and emcee Phil Wills, a former World Bartender Championship competitor.

TGI Fridays event celebrates the bar

Cyprus bartender tops 24th annual World Bartender Championship

With a growing emphasis on craft cocktails and fresh beverage ingredients, TGI Fridays celebrated its 50-year history in the space with its 24th annual World Bartender Championship on Thursday night in Dallas.

Before a cheering crowd of more than a thousand attendees, Stavros Loumis of Larnaca, Cyprus, was named Fridays’ “Greatest Bartender in the World,” culminating the yearlong competition among hundreds of the Carrollton, Texas-based casual-dining brand&rsqu

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