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Here’s a Restaurant Reality Show I can love

“Restaurant Startup” on CNBC – very cool story and interview with the stars of the show – Joe and Tim – who put their own money behind start-ups who can convince them to invest.

Now that’s reality.

So is this:

“So, listen, this is what you need to know about the restaurant business: Thirty percent of your cost is your food. Thirty percent is your labor. Twenty percent is miscellaneous shit like…

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Join me this Friday for my client’s new restaurant / bar opening!

The latest great joint from my friends and clients the Hoffmanns opens this Friday (8/22) – Whiskey River BBQ and Honky Tonk on River Road near the Des Plaines Casino (near O’Hare Airport).  If you’re in the Chicago area join me for some great food, Bears Pre-Season football on the big screens and a couple whiskeys maybe?

The Hoffmanns have 22 places and growing fast – 3 more coming in the next…

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5 ways to tweak your food and drink menu to turbocharge your social media

Looking for some original ideas to help your restaurant or tavern social media?  Here’s a few I came up with:

(1) Have 1 extreme item on your food menu and one on your drink menu.  I swear this “bloody mary with a whole chicken” picture showed up dozens of times in my social media feeds.

(2) Have at least 1 item customers can customize and take a photo of.  Example: dessert sundae that can top…

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Two decisions that change the rules for the restaurant biz

Two big recent developments reshaping business rules for franchise operators and brands:

(1)  California State Assembly Thursday (8/14/14) passed a bill strengthening the rights of business people who operate franchises against the companies such as Subway and McDonalds who issue the franchise licenses.  It will now be harder for these big brands to revoke a franchisee’s license, and easier for…

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A few random thoughts before we are off the Chicago Air Show…

Forgiveness does not change the past. But it does enlarge the future.
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“Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.” – George Carlin
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“It’s always the mistakes. Most things begin as a mistake. Most breakthroughs in music come out of a revolution of the form. Someone revolted, and was probably…

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Join me for my Client’s grand opening – next Friday Aug 22

The latest great joint from my friends and clients the Hoffmanns opens a week from today – Whiskey River BBQ and Honky Tonk on River Road near the Des Plaines Casino (near O’Hare Airport).  If you’re in the Chicago area join me Friday Aug 22 for some great food, Bears Pre-Season football on the big screens and a couple whiskeys maybe?

The Hoffmanns have 22 places and growing fast – 3 more coming…

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Free Original Bar / Nightclub Idea

Someone please do this in a club or bar – it would work!  I’ll help! Could be a package that would move from venue to venue, or a permanent theme element of a bar or club.

It’s the Live Human Version of a video game.

There’s something like this in New York City, but it’s not in a bar or club.  Has also been used from time to time in corporate team building.

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The Rags to Riches Story of the Lobster

From pauper to prince of your plate. Read the story here.

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#TBT :: 7 sales driving activities you are blowing off to work on your social media

My thoughts on the blog from a while back, Throw Back Thursday is a good time for this old school advice, that’s still true as ever.

For help working on effective ways to grow sales and profits in bars and restaurants, reach out to A-List Marketing – we can help!

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Local Search App AroundMe Trumps Yelp’s Mobile Apps With 6M Monthly Users

Wow - never heard of this app and it’s beating Yelp in mobile users!