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From the Outside In   January 18, 2012

The life of a traveling design consultant and renovation expert is not an easy one. During Season One of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue,” I saw plenty of bars on hard times, and it was my responsibility to create some cost-effective, easily implemented and fast solutions that would turn the owners’...More>>

Robert Plotkin
Do You Know Your Mixology Trivia?   January 17, 2012

What's your link to mixology's past? The most famous concoctions of the modern era are so delicious, their origins deserve to be known. Bone up on the classics, because here’s our best shot:More>>

Donna Hood Crecca
Is Made-Just-for-Me Good for Your Bar?   January 13, 2012

We Americans want just about everything we buy, download, eat or drink to be special, unique, made just for us or only available here. But is customization always good for business?More>>

Jack Robertiello
Simple Syrups are as Easy as One, Two, Three   January 10, 2012

Housemade simple syrups can make a bar stand out, especially when using different sugars and infusing fruits, spices and even vegetables into the mix. Here's why you should consider rolling your own:More>>

Robert Plotkin
Don't "No Problem" Me   January 3, 2012

At the risk of sounding like a surly curmudgeon, I hereby declare war on the phrase, “No problem.” And so should you. This particularly horrid phrase has absolutely no place in on-premise vernacular. So, what’s the problem, you ask?More>>

Sean Evans
Photoblocker Bucket Doesn’t Get the Big Picture   December 22, 2011

Argentinean beer manufacturer Norte announced an invention called the Photoblocker, a novel enough concept for protecting patrons from being photographed. However, it has a number of basic flaws, both in physical execution and in the basis for the idea.More>>

Robert Plotkin
What’s in a Water?   December 20, 2011

Water is integral to almost everything we do in the food and beverage business. The importance of water is universal, and yet some establishments have integrated water programs while others fail to see its potential.More>>

Jack Robertiello
Wishes for 2012: A Little More, A Little Less   December 13, 2011

For his last blog post of 2011, a busybody boozehound shares his thoughts on what this business needs more — and less — of in 2012.More>>

Criticize
10 Ways to Criticize Staff Effectively   December 6, 2011

Criticism needn’t leave the recipient permanently scarred and you emotionally disturbed. Put down your scalpel and cat-o’-nine tails, here’s our top 10 list of ways to criticize your staff effectively, and hopefully, more humanely.More>>

Donna Hood Crecca
Toast Repeal But...   December 5, 2011

Repeal Day is worth celebrating, so long as bar pros also acknowledge that threats to the business exist today.More>>



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