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What's an ideal ratio of guests to security staff?   June 7, 2010

Is there a ratio of guests to security people for a dance club that creates an ideal situation of good, safe fun? Find out here.More>>

Q: What is the average management fee for a bar/restaurant consultant?   September 28, 2009

Typically, management fees contain up to four components: initiation fee, management fee, bonus profit incentive and accounting fee.More>>

What is a typical cash/credit transaction mix for a bar/nightclub?    September 11, 2009

It’s quite possible, even likely, that the cash/credit mix could be at or around the 50/50 mark – or even higher.More>>

Q: Do patrons calling police on their cell phones from inside a club pose a problem for the club owner?    August 27, 2009

A. The short answer to your questions is no. I have not seen, nor have my clients seen an increase in 911 calls made by guests who see something happen and feel the need to call police.More>>

Ask the Expert Archive   August 27, 2009

An archive of the pressing questions from nightclub, bar and restaurant operators, owners and employees.More>>

Q: How can I convince our owner it’s time to update or change the concept of our club?    August 14, 2009

In a major metro city, a long lifespan is about eight years max. Smaller towns/cities can allow a club to have an extended lifespan, as competition is almost non-existent and patrons have no choice.More>>

What percent of general dine-in sales should be generated by alcohol?   July 27, 2009

In a single-unit Italian restaurant in a college town with 15,000 students and 15,000 locals, what percent of general dine-in sales should be generated by alcohol?More>>

Have states tightened up regulations or are club operators more vigilant?   June 26, 2009

In the past five years, there have been fewer club disasters such as those in Rhode Island and Chicago that made headlines some years back. Is this just coincidence?More>>

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How do alternative sweeteners stack up?   June 5, 2009

I have had a lot of interest from guests in alternative sweeteners in cocktails. How do they stack up?More>>

Ask the Expert: Bios   June 5, 2009

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