Brooklyn HotDad Mike Welles!
We interviewed Brooklyn resident and HotDad Mike Welles today at the Way Station, a quirky bar where he manages and slings some one-of-a-kind cocktails. Peep the interview below!
BKHD: Has anyone ever called you a hot dad?
Mike: No, I’ve been called hot since being a dad but never the two together. You’re the first.
BKHD: How many kids do you have?
Mike: Two, a daughter 14, and a son, 10. Lindsay and Matthew.
BKHD: Walk me through a day in the life.
Mike: They’re very into sports. Lindsay plays soccer and cheerleads. Matthew just made his football team, he’s gonna be a wide receiver. I’m taking them to the Botanical Gardens soon.
BKHD: What neighborhood do you reside?
Mike. Brooklyn Heights
BKHD: How do you like it?
Mike: It’s great, not a lot of car traffic, and beautiful architecture. I actually live around the corner from Truman Capote’s house.
BKHD: Is Brooklyn Heights HotDad friendly?
Mike: I have no idea. I don’t usually notice. I don’t give the guys in my neighborhood that much attention.
BKHD: Okay, let’s just nix that question.
BKHD: Are you gonna call your mom and tell her about your new title?
Mike: No, but I am very honored and flattered.
BKHD: Are you single?
Mike: No. I am currently dating my best friend from my sophomore year of high school. We went out a limb and finally admitted that we liked each other a year ago, but we’ve known each other for 30…ish years. It’s great because we can call each other on each others bullshit with ease.
BKHD: What kind of music do you like?
Mike: Everything. I bartend so I listen to everything. The Beastie Boys are a go-to. R.I.P MCA. The memorial park for Adam Yauch is actually a few blocks from my apartment.
BKHD: That’s so rad. What was one of the first genres you really got into as a kid?
Mike: I always liked the ideals of punk and d.i.y, non-conformity. Now I just say I like intelligent music, though. I like anything smart. I like a big brain.
(This is the part of the interview where things started to heat up a bit, so I had to change questions to avoid any further blushing. For whatever reason.)
BKHD: We could talk about music all day, but moving away a bit, who is your favorite author?
Mike: Ahh, just one? Two. Cormac McCarthy and I really like Isaac Asimov.
(We then proceeded to discuss robots and the three rules of robots for the next 10 minutes. Think “giant Rumba’s”, according to Mike.)
BKHD: Crap. Back to the basics. Whaddayado?
Mike: Bartend and Manage at The Way Station in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. It’s steam-punky, sci-fi, nerdy, and I use all of those terms with the upmost respect.
BKHD: As you should! TWS has been doing great I hear, the Doctors have even made some guest appearances? (For those who are unfamiliar with the show Dr. Who, look it up because I don’t feel like explaining it. But it’s a very popular British sci-fi drama in which the Way Station is themes after.)
Mike: Yep, Matt Smith and Stephen Moffat and his wife, producer of Sherlock, came here to watch the finale. They got on the mic after to thank us.
BKHD: What were they drinking?
Mike: The couple was having Cabernet and Matt Smith was drinking Corona and lime.
BKHD: Clearly you don’t have Strongbow.
BKHD: To finalize this, what does being a HotDad mean to you?
Mike: I haven’t had to much time to explore the title, but being a good dad is very important to me and something I would rather be thought of. If it goes along with that, then I think that’s great but physicality is just the icing on top of what really makes a HotDad.
THANK YOU SO MUCH MIKE, you HotDad, you.