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Successful Wedding: Start to Finish

The key to a successful wedding is communication, communication coupled with a detailed schedule. Trust me, communication deserves to be addressed twice and has two distinct parts. The first is clear communication from the couple to the planner. What is … Continue reading

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Service or Food: Which One Drives Repeat Customers?

Ideally great restaurants would always offer the perfect combination of exceptional food and outstanding service. Realistically however, few establishments successfully achieve both on a regular basis. So that leads to the question, “What drives repeat customers more, food or service?” … Continue reading

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Micro-brewing: Add Craft Beer to Your Menu

Microbreweries, defined as regional breweries and brew pubs, were once sinuous with certain regions of the country, but are now appearing nationwide. Smaller brew batches and greater experimentation yield unique results that just are not possible for large commercial breweries. … Continue reading

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The Bar, an Integral Part of the Culinary Experience

Restaurant trends are not limited to what the kitchen produces. Two of the leading trends, culinary cocktails and liquor/food pairings, originate from the bar. Culinary cocktails have taken their cue from chefs sourcing and using the freshest local ingredients to … Continue reading

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The Cost of a Restaurant Buyout

As the holidays approach the holiday party season begins. Restaurants without private function space have only one option to accommodate a private event: A buyout. A buyout is when a restaurant offers to close their establishment to outside patrons for … Continue reading

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Bought an Existing Restaurant

When a restaurant is sold there is a great opportunity for the new owners. There are two common approaches to this opportunity both with the anticipated end result of success. The first option is a completely fresh start. Change everything, … Continue reading

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Does a Restaurant Get a Grace Period?

A new restaurant opened with much excitement and anticipation in the community. Great casual dining concept, ideal location and owners experienced in the industry; a perfect combination for success? My first impression of the restaurant is that the décor looked … Continue reading

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