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Restaurant Exit Strategies: Can You Walk Away?

I just returned from an idyllic few weeks on the Island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas where I was thinking about restaurant exit strategies. Several...

New for You in Food – NYC 2017

Our city’s ever-changing restaurant scene promises openings, big and small, formal and casual, and yummy concepts you never saw coming. So far, 2017 is...

To Be Or Not To Be… An Inc. Or An LLC?

Did you ever find out that you did something years ago that turned out to cause you big headaches later on? This is one...

How Many Restaurants Are Enough?

While concerns haven’t reached the level of a stadium roar, I’m starting to hear more and more of them within the industry, that there...

How Much Will An Interruption In Business Operations Cost You?

Picture this: your restaurant is underwater — literally. And so is every other business in your entire area, after an unprecedented flood. If there...

Navigating The Tech Side Of Permits, Licenses, And Inspections

As a restaurant or nightlife operator, how do you keep track of renewing all your permits and licenses on time? How do you earn...

Five Tips To Simplify The Daily Grind Of A Bartender

If you're a bartender looking to simplify your daily grind, it's time to get back to the old fashioned basics. Here are five simple...

The Mount Everest of Cuisine

As we made our final descent in to Salt Lake City, the Olympic rings appeared and I felt every hair on my body stand...
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Secrets To Successful Site Selection For Restaurant Tenants

Whether you are planning to open your first restaurant or expand your operation, one of...
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Make Your Tabletop Lucky For 2017

We did it, 2016 is finally over and we’re in the beginning of what everyone...
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The Crescendo Of Labor Relations

The vote, do we vote yes or no? With music it’s called the crescendo which...
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Booming Boroughs and the Role Dining Plays in Retail Development

New York City is recognized for its innovative shopping complexes. Each borough develops diverse and...
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What Is The Value Of A Restaurant?

You may not be thinking of selling your restaurant right now, but at some future...

The Sound And The Noise – Where To Get Financing In 2017

It’s a new year and as expected the usual flurry of predictions, reports and prognostications...

What I Learned From The 2016 Election

Over the last seven presidential elections I have shared my thoughts as to how the...

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

High school students from underserved communities aspiring to become future celebrity chefs will face a...
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Everything Old Is New Again

New Yorkers may think they can handle the cold, but the people of Chicago are...
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Restaurant Staff Training Session: $100 + 20 Minutes

After 20 years of running successful restaurants, I know that the absolute cornerstone of my guest experience...
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Benefits of Energy Deregulation

For those who don’t know, UEC stands for United Energy Consultants. Since 2007 UEC has...
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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...

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...
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The Stars of the NYC Dining Scene

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

A ‘Journee’ Toward Lifestyle Changes for 2017

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what...
Warren Bobrow

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.
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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...
Year-End Tax Tips

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...
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