Carlson will start as Bastille's bar manager early next year, although the exact date hasn't yet been finalized. The restaurant's current bar manager, Charles Veitch, is moving to New York.
Bastille's publicist, Kirsten Graham, refused to say whether the restaurant plans to expand its bar program, but hinted at a related announcement in 2012. "Super exciting stuff," she promises.
A native of Seattle, Carlson returned to the city after 11 years in San Francisco to help his childhood friend Kevin Erickson open Ballard's Moshi Moshi in 2009. Carlson tended bar at the famed The Slanted Door, developing a different set of cocktail instincts than many Seattle-trained barkeeps possess. His current cocktail list includes a punch made with Trinidad rum, black tea infused Batavia arrack, lime, tawny port, pineapple gum, orange and orgeat, and a Hell's Wind cocktail made with apple-infused bourbon, cachaca, green Chartreuse, Demerara, Peychaud's bitters and lime zest.
Erikson could not be reached to comment on who will replace Carlson behind Moshi Moshi's bar.