Franklin Restaurant Group

Joy Richard is an award-winning local bartender with over 20 years of industry experience. Richard fell in love with the pace and camaraderie of the restaurant business with her very first job at just 15 years old. She got her start as a busser at a gourmet natural foods restaurant and folk music venue, The Folkway, in Peterborough, NH, quickly moving up to host, then server. By age 17, she and a friend started a successful Monday night Coffee Shop and Open Mic Night, as a way to utilize the space during off hours.

Richard continued to work in restaurants while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Hampshire College, stepping behind the bar occasionally to mix up Old Fashioned’s and Rob Roy’s. She moved to Boston in 1997 and began to tend bar full-time, thrilled by the instant gratification of serving well-constructed cocktails to appreciative guests. Richard spent over 9 years behind the bar at Boston area hotspots, and built a solid following that earned her accolades as one of Boston’s Beloved Bartenders by The Improper Bostonian and Top-Shelf Bartender by @Stuff Boston. She moved into restaurant management in 2004, and continued to create cocktail lists at restaurants around town while pursuing education of the history of the craft.

Richard’s original creations have earned her local and national attention, including mentions in The Improper Bostonian, @Stuff Boston, Boston Magazine, and Imbibe Magazine. In 2008 she won the Hendrick’s Gin Beantown Bartender Battle and was flown to Los Angeles to compete in a national mix-off competition. In 2009, her “Glass Eye” Cocktail won the local Rain Vodka Bartender Mix Off, earning her a trip to Tales of the Cocktail 2009, where she competed for the national title. In 2009 she completed the BAR Smarts Advanced program, a condensed version of the rigorous Beverage Alcohol Resource 5-day course, the spirits and mixology equivalent of a Masters of Wine or Master Sommelier program.

In 2007, Richard and several friends founded the Boston Chapter of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC), a classic cocktail society dedicated to the “raising, breeding, and releasing of nearly extinct cocktails into the wild”. More than a social networking organization, LUPEC Boston is committed to enhancing and improving the lives of Boston-area women and has raised over $40,000 for local women’s charities since inception. For more information about LUPEC Boston visit

Most recently, Richard took her passion for great cocktails, spirits, and especially whiskey, to a new level at the Franklin Restaurant Group’s, The Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. Opened in October 2010, The Citizen boasts a listof over 200 whiskeys from around the globe, with 7 hand selected single barrel whiskies, draft wines kegged exclusively for the restaurant byrenowned Napa wineries, a cocktail list designed to highlight each of the four different types of ice offered, as well as Richard’s favorite spirit, Fernet Branca, and favorite cocktail, the 1794, both offered on Draft.

Joy’s passion also extends to beer, and she’s been able to take her knowledge in a fun direction at the ever-expanding Tasty Burger, the Groups Burger & Shake joint. Tasty Burger’s bar offers terrific wines, draft beer, and over 40 different beers in cans, a growing trend for craft breweries, enabling Richard to bring in several new canned beer varieties each month!


  • Beantown vs. Barbary Coast Cocktail Competition winner, 2012
  • Featured on the Cover of The Improper Bostonian Magazine “Cocktail War” Issue, April/May 2012
  • Best Classic Cocktail, Best of Boston 2011, Boston Magazine July 2011
  • Boston’s Best Mixologist, The Improper Bostonian, 2011
  • Jameson Summer Cocktail Competition winner, 2011
  • Rain Vodka Bartender Boston Mix Off winner, 2009
  • Hendrick’s Gin Beantown Bartender Battle winner, 2008
  • Boston’s Beloved Bartender, The Improper Bostonian, 2002
  • The List: Boston’s Top-Shelf Bartenders, Stuff @ Night, 2001
  • Boston’s Beloved Bartender, The Improper Bostonian, 2000