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Chain Beverage Buzz: July 25, 2011

July 25, 2011 By: Alissa Ponchione


footballIt’s time to celebrate! As of this afternoon, the NFL lockout is officially over. The NFL players inked a final deal today that, once the majority of players ratify it, would officially end the lockout just in time for training camp. This has been a long time coming, especially for bars and restaurants that depend on the NFL season for weekly promotions and events. For example, Buffalo Wild Wings started its Save Our Season Facebook petition this summer to sway the NFL to end the lockout. The excitement about the saved NFL season is pervasive. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar response to the news, albeit succinct, seems to encompass everyone’s feelings with a mere “Cheers!” stated in the company's press release. What’s more, with the NFL season back on, so are many important promotions for bars and clubs throughout the country.


HMSHost Corporation has been awarded a 10-year agreement with Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to offer local LAXand regional food to travelers. Restaurants include Campanile, Cole’s, Real Food Daily, 8 Oz. Burger Bar, La Provence Patisserie & Café and the L.A. Gourmet Street Truck. These Los Angeles staples will debut at Terminal 4 at Angeleno’s Market, a theme created by HMSHost to show off the culinary diversity and inspired by L.A.’s iconic Grand Central Market.


Robert Furniss-Roe has been named President of Bacardi North America, succeeding John P. Esposito, who recently announced his planned retirement. Furniss-Roe most recently served as Regional President of Latin America and Vice President of Global Sales; he joined Bacardi in 1989. 


Portland craft distillery House Spirits Distillery's announced a new round of funding that will allow the company to expand into new markets and add to its line of artisanal spirits. With this new funding comes new changes to the House Spirits team. Founder Christian Krogstad will be joined by Thomas Mooney as the company's new Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder of Milagro Tequila, Arturo Litwak will be the company's Chief Financial Officer and Tom Wilen, formerly Chief Operating Officer of Jim Beam Brands Worldwide, Inc., and now adviser for Leblon and TY KU, has joined the board as adviser to the company.


McCormick & Schmick'sTilman Fertitta, owner of Landry’s Restaurants Inc., was required to terminate his $137 million offer for McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants Inc., as part of a confidentiality agreement with seafood operator. Fertitta announced he would begin due diligence with financial and other information provided by McCormick & Schmick’s in the hopes of participating in the concept’s announced future sale process.


In some cities, restaurant owners are banning young children. Recently, Mike Vuick, Owner of McDain’s Restaurant and Golf Center in Monroeville, Pa., banned children under the age of 6 because they disrupt other customers while they're eating. Seventy-four percent of Pittsburgh-area residents agreed with Vuick, and he’s not alone. Other restaurants across the United States have taken measures to ensure unruly children wouldn’t interrupt or interfere with other diners.


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