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Rob Amen
| Thursday, April 12, 2007

As Bernadette Watton, of South Park, can attest, tending bar for nearly a quarter-century at one of Pittsburgh's finest hotels has its advantages. Her customers at the circular lobby bar at the Sheraton Station Square have come from all over the world, including a man a decade ago who wanted to teach her the Koran. Trib p.m. caught up with Watton in between her slinging drinks on a quiet Friday afternoon.

What kind of perks do you get for working at a large hotel chain• There's an 800 number we call. They give us more than 50 percent off for me and my immediate family when we travel.

Where have you gone• I've gone to Nova Scotia. My daughter stayed at a resort in Florida; they got (a room) for $65 a night. It was like a free vacation. I also used it once for Niagara Falls.

What's the clientele like• Our average guest is in his mid-40s with an income around $130,000. Same at the bar.

With high-class patrons, does anyone cause problems• Sure. That comes with the territory. You have to expect that.

Where's the best view here• The balcony. The outside seating. They'll order drinks and go up. ... A lot of people ask what the buildings are.

Do you know the buildings' names• You have to learn them. We used to have cards. They would list (the buildings) by number.

What is your drink of choice• I'm Mormon; I drink very little myself. I think you're better off not drinking. Additional Information:

Details

Sheraton Station Square

300 W. Station Square Drive (412) 261-2000

Chocolate martini

  • 1 1/4 oz. Stoli vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz. Godiva chocolate
  • 3/4 oz. of half-and-half cream

Shake in a martini mixer and serve in a martini glass. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.

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