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CHARLOTTE, NC – March 31, 2017 -- National award-winning mixologist Bob Peters, creator and director of the acclaimed beverage experience at The Punch Room, is taking on new responsibilities for The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. In his unprecedented new role as Creative Director of Bar Operations, Peters will continue to man the bar at The Punch Room, while also overseeing the recently-introduced cocktail scene at Kinship Lounge, located on the lobby level of the hotel.

Bob Peters and The Punch Room have helped raise the bar for spirits and upscale nightlife in the city -- with Peters’ lively personality, creativity, technical expertise and Instagram prowess all contributing to the accolades garnered by The Punch Room since its 2015 opening.

With a dramatically different beverage offering now also available at Kinship Lounge, Peters will lend his talents to that equally sophisticated location, with a focus on shared libations, flask service, and smoked and artisanal cocktails.

“We are delighted to announce the promotion of Bob Peters,” said David Rothwell, General Manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. “Kinship and The Punch Room are innovative and yet distinctly different – and no one can take advantage of this as expertly and creatively as Bob Peters. He represents the next generation in professional mixologists, able to conceptualize multiple different lounge experiences, and to do so with flair, personality, and a passionate commitment to engaging with every guest. We look forward to showcasing Bob’s inimitable vision and talent both in The Punch Room and, now, in Kinship as well.”

In addition to overseeing cocktail and spirits menus, beverage presentation and the overall vibe of both Kinship and The Punch Room, Peters will maintain his current commitments to the local consumer and food and beverage communities, with a sustained focus on the local sourcing of ingredients and environmentally mindful vendor/partners. He will also launch a new series of cocktail classes for the public this summer.

About The Punch Room

Nestled on the hotel’s 15th floor, The Punch Room is a modern reincarnation of a sultry, sophisticated drinking den. Offering sophisticated residential-style seating for just 37 guests, The Punch Room presents spectacular city views and serves renowned punches and cocktails created by head mixologist Bob Peters. It has been ranked the #1 bar/night spot in Charlotte since opening in early 2015.

About Kinship Lounge
Located on the lobby level of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, Kinship is an elegant and distinctly different craft cocktail lounge, providing interactive beverage options, flask service, smoked beverages and authentic Latin and international small bites. Kinship’s contemporary combination of beverage creativity, intimate seating and standout menu items make it ideally suited to sophisticated guests and travelers.