By Michael Benninger / Photo by Kristina Yamamoto
If a werewolf bite can leave you hairy and howling, then Werewolf American Pub bartender Teddy Fantastico (born Theodore Kyffin) has been chewed up and spit out... seemingly by a Cookie Monster with a crew-cut.
PacificSD: How'd you get your nickname?
TEDDY FANTASTICO: Years back, I started playing music and hosting open-mic night at the Soda Bar in North Park. The booking agent at the time asked for my stage name. When I told him I didn't have one, he replied, "Just wondering, I've been calling you Teddy Fantastico for the past few months." I just ran with it.
Where have you worked in the past?
Karl Strauss, Analog, some spots in my hometown and a few bars not worth mentioning. Before that, I used to run a valet company, coach water polo, lifeguard, was a mail-order prostitute and delivered pizzas. In middle school, I bought Airheads candy in bulk and sold that sh!t bootleg on the playground for a 500-percent markup. It was the '90s, and business was booming.
What makes Werewolf awesome?
I'm there, duh. Plus, the food is incredible. We're partnered with the Waterfront, Harbortown Pub and Eastbound, so you'll find the same amazing burgers on our menu. And our chicken wings are some of the best - if not the best - you'll ever eat. Our chefs, Maja and Jake, are f---ing thugs. On top of that, you can come to Werewolf and get an inexpensive drink in the Gaslamp without having to hang out in a sh!t dive that smells like piss and dead flies. Come in Mondays after 8 p.m. to play me in Rock, Paper, Scissors. Win, and your drink is half off. We do that for every drink sold on Mondays, so you could potentially get all of your drinks for half off. Good luck, though. I will crush you, Bitch.
Favorite bit of werewolf trivia?
In the original Teen Wolf, if you pause the movie at just the right moment - right after they win the big basketball game - one of the kids in the bleachers totally pulls his junk out. They didn't catch it for like 10 years. What a badass.
Do you have a signature drink?
Elderflower Gimlet with St. Germain. I hear a lot of people say they don't like gin, then I tell them that I used to not like gin, either... until I started drinking it every day. Everyone likes gin. Some folks just don't know it yet.
What do you do when the moon is full and you're not working?
I party and play acoustic music around town - Old School punk, '90s alternative, pop, indie, gangster rap... all acoustic. Basically, I get drunk and talk sh!t to people. It's fun.
Werewolf American Pub
627 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp