Coffee Director/Partner, Penny Quarter;
Director of Operations, The Pastry War, Tongue-Cut Sparrow, The Nightingale Room, Houston
Barista turned bartender
Within Bobby Heugel’s expanding Houston bar empire, Negranza’s role spans both the coffee and cocktail worlds. He oversees bar operations at a trio of hotspots that range from formal (Tongue-Cut Sparrow) to raucous (dance club Nightingale Room) and agave-rific (mezcaleria The Pastry War). Negranza, a coffee connoisseur and former Seattle barista, has returned to his roots with Penny Quarter, an all-day coffee and wine bar that opened this summer. He’s well-known as a SoulCycle devotee and fitness advocate for the bartending community and is vocal about promoting visibility for L.G.B.T.Q. bartenders.