The Porthole debuts at Bristol Seafood Grill on May 20, exclusive to the Kansas City cocktail scene

Kansas City is only the second market to introduce the Kickstarter-funded invention

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 20, 2015) – A new, trendsetting cocktail invention is now available exclusively in Kansas City at Bristol Seafood Grill. The Porthole, a cocktail infusion vessel created by a Chicago entrepreneurial designer, will debut today, Wednesday, May 20 at Bristol Seafood Grill’s downtown Kansas City location, as well as at its sister location in Chicago, Devon Seafood Grill. The launch at these two restaurants is the first time The Porthole will be available outside of Chicago’s The Aviary, a wildly popular cocktail lounge that served as the testing facility for The Porthole during its design and production stages.

A Kickstarter success story, The Porthole is the invention of Martin Kastner of Crucial Detail, a Chicago-based design agency. Inspired by the 1958 movie “The Fabulous World of Jules Verne,” Kastner created The Porthole as a way for the bar chefs to create “fast infusions” – cocktails that evolve during the brief course of time it takes to serve them. The Porthole holds up to 13 fluid ounces, measures six inches in diameter and is held together by a single screw. Since its public debut last year, The Porthole has been featured in many prominent media outlets, including on the cover of Food Arts magazine.

Bristol Seafood Grill will introduce a different Porthole infusion each week featuring various herbs, fruits and libations. The Portholes serve two guests and will be served tableside for $23. 

Unique infusions include:

  • Can’t Stop Thyme Grey Goose Le Citron, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, fresh thyme, lemon
  • Citrus PearGrey Goose, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Tea Forté Ginger Pear Tea, lemon
  • Orange SageGrey Goose, lime, freshly squeezed citrus, fresh sage, housemade ginger syrup

About Bristol Seafood Grill
Bristol Seafood Grill has been an icon in the city since 1980, offering the area’s freshest premium seafood & steaks, an impressive selection of wines and handcrafted signature cocktails.

Located Downtown in Kansas City Power & Light District, Bristol Seafood Grill works with quality fishmongers, water men, ranchers & artisan producers to create dishes that are excellent from the start, using fine ingredients that separate the good from the great. Enjoy their seamless service in a classic, upscale atmosphere that truly sets them apart from other local restaurants.    

About Martin Kastner
Martin Kastner is the founder and principal of Crucial Detail. Kastner, born in the Czech Republic, trained as a blacksmith and spent some time restoring historical metalwork at a castle in Western Bohemia before moving onto natural materials design and sculpture. He founded Crucial Detail in Chicago in 1998 shortly after his arrival in the United States.

He is best known for his Alinea serviceware concepts, which landed him on The Future Laboratory's list of 100 most influential individuals in contemporary design. Alinea book, which he designed in collaboration with Naissance Inc., was one of the winners in 2009 Communication Arts Design Annual for Best Book Design and is included in Altitude's The Best of Cover Design. His work has been featured in numerous publications running the gamut from Gourmet to Fast Company.