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What I Learned From The 2016 Election

Over the last seven presidential elections I have shared my thoughts as to how the results could affect various segments of the business community...

Resolve To Manage Your Liquor Liability Exposures In the New Year

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 10,000 vehicle-related fatalities involve a drunk driver each year. Not only are these people...

A Perfect Base For An Energy Drink Rum Punch

Energy drinks... hmmm.  Maybe because I’m neither a millennial, nor “out of energy”, but quite honestly- I’ve never had one. The entire multi-billion-dollar energy...

Celeb Chefs To Judge C-CAP Recipe Contest For HS Chefs In...

High school students from underserved communities aspiring to become future celebrity chefs will face a challenge from the nationwide 2017 Careers through Culinary Arts...

Everything Old Is New Again

New Yorkers may think they can handle the cold, but the people of Chicago are just another species all together. We often complain about...

Restaurant Staff Training Session: $100 + 20 Minutes

After 20 years of running successful restaurants, I know that the absolute cornerstone of my guest experience was training… daily training. I’m talking about the importance of...

Benefits of Energy Deregulation

For those who don’t know, UEC stands for United Energy Consultants. Since 2007 UEC has been providing the Metro NYC area with viable utility...

What Are You Buying When You Buy A Restaurant Business?

When a restaurateur asks me to consider selling their restaurant, one of the first things I do is read their lease.  It should not...
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Some Afterthoughts On Tipping

It appears that the much discussed issue of either instituting mandatory tipping, adjusting menu prices...

The One Thing You Must Learn To Survive a Minimum Wage Increase

Because you cannot overcome a minimum wage increase with labor cuts alone! Let me start off...
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Comfort Food’s New Appearance On Fine Dinnerware

Who doesn’t love comfort food? It’s warm and delicious and usually cheesy. But as the...

Financial Crystal Ball for 2017

In my last article I told readers that regardless of who became president that little...

ACA Changes Ahead But Staying Course Remains Prudent

Article co-written with Dennis Fiszer, First Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for HUB International – East...

Respect And Admiration For The Industry We Work Hard To Serve And Represent

It was an incredible experience for the NYC Hospitality Alliance team to curate nine chef...

The Stars of the NYC Dining Scene

Star chefs abound in New York City. Indeed, there are more celebrity chefs here than...

A ‘Journee’ Toward Lifestyle Changes for 2017

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what...
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Cocktail Trends for 2017

As a tastemaker, I’m often called upon to read the tea leaves of the future...
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How To Negotiate A Restaurant Lease

Finding available commercial space in New York to lease for a foodservice business can be...

5 Fatal — Yet Avoidable — Service Errors

Here are the five service errors I have identified to be extremely harmful to independent...
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Is Your Restaurant On Fire?

All puns aside, I mean is your restaurant really rocking? Your place is "on fire"...
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Turkey and Wine — Perfect Together!

For people that love turkey and wine, Thanksgiving just might be the perfect holiday. It is the one time of year we assemble where it’s about dining and thankfully no major gift giving is involved.

Avoiding Injury When Starting a Running Program

The life of a chef equates to long hours on the job. The job consumes...
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How Much Rent is Too Much for Your Restaurant?

Rent is your largest fixed expense. Food costs are variable. If your food costs are...
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Changes In Tabletop Abound As Top Chefs Open Hotel Eateries

If you haven’t noticed high-end restaurants are now becoming a must have for hotels. It’s...

Cold Brew Remains Hot

Even though summer has turned to fall, and winter is (unfortunately) not far behind, cold...

4 Essential Qualities of Restaurant Managers

There are some qualities that restaurant owners and managers must possess to be successful. Not...
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5 Year-End Tax Tips For Restaurant Owner-Operators

While the end of the year may signal a coming return to warmer weather and...

Elections, Uncertainty And A Reality Check

No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on – everyone I know...

The Importance Of Third-Party Employment Practices Liability Insurance For Your Restaurant

Like most businesses, restaurant and food service companies of any size are vulnerable to claims...

The Independents Seem To Be Holding Their Own

For the record, one of my main objectives in writing these columns is to review...

Fall’s Divine Dining

This Fall, New York is a whirlwind of New Dining Options and Radical Revamps. It’s...

Providing What You Had Thought To Be Unrealistic

The original Shake Shack is situated in Madison Square Park, which happens to be in...
Warren Bobrow

The Peerless Temperament Of Martin Miller’s Gin

I was first introduced to Martin Miller’s Gin by the founder himself.  The cocktail in my hand...
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Square Feet, Seats and Rent – What is the Correlation?

Having conducted business with restaurateurs for over 20 years, and being a past New York...

The Financial Health of Your Restaurant

Is your restaurant in need of a financial check-up? Many restaurant owners we work with...
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When Your Food or Ambiance Overshadows Your Service

I’ve always believed the three most important attributes of any successful restaurant are Food, Service...
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The Pantry Pest You May Be Overlooking

By Hope Bowman, Technical Specialist, Western Pest Services Rodents, roaches and flies tend to be the...
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Move To Craft Beer Requires A New Approach To Glassware

I know this may come as a shock but I absolutely hate beer! I’ll admit...

Just What You Need: More Regulations

About a year ago I informed those of you who stop at this space that...

Ask Andrew From the NYC Hospitality Alliance – October 2016

Have a NYC restaurant or hospitality question that you’d like answered? Send your questions to

Fall Is Here. Are You Ready For The Worst Seasonal Cash Crunch?

When I was in the restaurant business in New York, I was always happy to...
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Fire Loss Prevention: Avoiding Flare-Ups In The Kitchen Begins With Safety

Fires are one of the leading causes of property insurance losses. In addition to physical...

Creative Culinary Concepts

New York City boasts a myriad of cuisines and great culture from around the world....

A Necessary Platform for the Food & Beverage Industry

The agricultural, farming and food processing sector is one of the largest growing globally. The reality...
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