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Think you’re too cool to smile a lot? … Then you’re saying you’re cooler than Richard Branson.

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Great advice from Sir Richard Branson:

“If you’re looking for the next big investment for your business, but don’t have much money to spend, start by looking at yourself in the mirror. A smile won’t cost you anything, and the returns to your business will start right away.”

Or as I like to say regarding the food and beverage service business, “SMILE, AND MAKE MONEY!”

Read the inspiring short…

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When one door closes another opens. But sometimes those hallways are a bitch!

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Don’t say anything on Facebook, Twitter or other social media you would not say in person is a good rule. If my Mom was on Facebook I’m sure she would have come up with that one. I am channeling her.

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It’s a fine line between skeptical and negative.

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Let your past make you BETTER not BITTER.

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Restau/Bar Inventory Reality Check, courtesy of Bevinco.

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I just read an enthusiastic testimonial from bar owners who saved over $2,000 per week in product loss and wanted to share their story.

Fischman Liquors & Tavern is a very cool establishment in Chicago, named one of the Top 100 Best Bars in Chicago by Chicago Magazine.

Read the details from this bar owner below or check this out on Facebook.

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To all our fellow bar &…

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When does a restaurant group become “A Chain?”

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A posting on Boston.com October 15 discusses the objections of Boston’s Legal Seafood Group to being described as a Restaurant Chain.  Many groups especially higher end concepts, don’t like the image of being called a “chain restaurant,” even if they have over a dozen locations.  So what makes a restaurant a “chain restaurant?”

While there are some legal definitions from various government…

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Jimmy John’s Non-Compete Employee Agreements – Fair or Unfair?

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A variety of recent articles report Jimmy John’s Subs requires all employees, even line workers and drivers, to sign an agreement not to work for any competing sandwich shop for 2 years after working for Jimmy John’s.  I have been getting some questions on email and social media looking for my take on this as a F&B business person.

The reality is that in most states a non-compete for workers…

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WHAT DJS HAD TO WORRY ABOUT BACK IN THE DAY WHAT DJS HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT TODAY 1. Manager firing you for stealing his girlfriend. 1. Manager firing you and giving his girlfriend your job, cause now with auto sync anyone be a “laptop DJ.” 2. Competing with Jukeboxes. 2. Competing with iPods. 3. Spending a fortune buying records. 3. Being fined a fortune for illegally downloading digital music or…

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When YELP stands for “You Entitled Little Pricks.”

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I want to drive to Kansas City just to go to Voltaire restaurant, have some great food and shake this owner’s hand.

Read the owner’s awesome response to a whining Yelper asking for special treatment and threatening the owner’s livelihood here on the always awesome Eater site.

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Motivation and thoughts as we start the week.

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A friend sent this and I thought it was worth sharing:

Make a Commitment to Succeed
HARVEY MACKAY

If you want to excel at anything in life, you need to be committed. If you only want to be good enough to get by, then a commitment to excellence is not necessary. If you are committed to a cause, you don’t need to tell anyone. They can tell from your actions.

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A recent study published by the Journal of The American Medical Assocation disputes the idea that consumption of red wine leads to longer healthier lives.

So it’s back to just drinking to have fun!

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Weekend Quick Shots

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TRUTH FOR BARS, RESTAURANTS OR ANY BUSINESS:

“People do what you INS-pect not what you EX-pect” – TimTheBarGuy

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“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining!” – John F. Kennedy

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“Predicting the future is far more valuable than explaining the past.” – Seth Godin

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“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down” – Charlie Chaplin

Have a great weekend!  TTBG

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