Bryan Smith wasn't gay, he just liked having sex with men. Then, he walked into a gay bar and found himself at home.
From the event: Stories Behind the Kitchen and Bar
A farm boy from southwest Iowa, Bryan Smith is a longtime resident of Des Moines. He has worked in the East Village for more than 20 years and is one of the owners of the Blazing Saddle. Bryan has been involved with the community through volunteering, fundraising and event planning with organizations like Capital City Pride, Historic East Village and AIDS Project of Central Iowa. Known for his side-eye and smart remarks, he was voted Cityview’s Best Bartender in 2014.