2020 Boston Rising Star Bartender Will Piquette of Alcove

2020 Boston Rising Star Bartender Will Piquette of Alcove
June 2020

50 Lovejoy Wharf
Boston, MA 02114



Will Piquette grew up playing the violin. His passion led him to attend the Boston Conservatory, in pursuit of a professional career as a violinist. Piquette picked up a job as a barista to supplement his stringed-instrument income. Finding a new love in coffee, he dove in head first, learning about coffee sourcing and managing wholesale accounts. Piquette then began plotting his next course—directly behind a deep well of spirits—leaving those romantic nights playing his violin behind to follow his fervor for beverages. 

His first foray into the restaurant business was as a barback at Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore Square where he worked alongside Rising Stars alum Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli. Piquette mixed his way through the rigorous program to become a lead bartender. He then joined fellow musician-turned-bartender, Nicole Lebedevitch at Yvonne’s, refining his cocktail skill sets in a high-volume environment. In an effort to gain broader experience, Piquette worked for a number of new restaurants including Tracy Chang’s PAGU, tropical-themed bar Tiki Rock and casual American spot Backyard Betty’s (which sadly closed due to the pandemic in June). In 2018, Piquette reconnected with Schlesinger-Guidelli, who shared a blueprint for a new restaurant, Alcove, where Piquette would serve as principal bartender. Piquette helped Alcove open in late 2018, leading the hospitality charge from behind the bar.