Whether opening your own restaurant has been a lifelong dream or an inspiration from the culinary delights you have sampled, running this type of business can be rewarding and challenging. Most restaurants fail within the first few years , so you need to do things right from the beginning. Here are four tips for how to open your own restaurant and set yourself up for success.

A restaurant is more than good food. People want an experience, which means that you need to have a clear vision of every aspect of your restaurant. Take some time to imagine how your…

There’s no question the restaurant industry took a massive hit in 2020, with approximately 17% of restaurants closing nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s not over yet. 2021 isn’t starting much better with widespread restrictions on indoor dining and wary consumers still limiting restaurant operations. As a result, primary industry trends continue to be based on digital technology, reflecting consumer demand for mobile-enabled engagement and contactless delivery. Here are some of the top restaurant industry trends analysts expect to see in 2021.

For restaurants without drive-thrus, curbside pickup is a relatively low-cost option that benefits both the restaurant…

A nice glass of wine can accompany almost any meal, and for many, it’s become not just part of a fancy meal out or a celebratory toast, but a hobby. A burgeoning industry has cropped up around wine tourism in recent years. Winery tours, wine festivals and tasting events, and even classes, fermenting kits, and recipes for making your own wine at home have become quite common. Many people enjoy these types of activities for entertainment and recreation. …

A year full of good luck and fortune tops many people’s lists of desires for the new year. Many cultures around the world bring in a new year with traditional foods in hopes of doing just this. Start the new year off right with some of these food traditions.

Many people eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s day to bring prosperity into their homes during the year ahead. Several stories surround this tradition. One legend says that during the Civil War, Union soldiers once raided the Confederate’s food supplies. They left only black-eyed peas behind for the Confederates to eat…

Most people start a journal and give up on it after a short period. However, if you start a journal this year and stick with it long enough for it to become a habit, you’ll be able to benefit from the daily practice of writing down your thoughts. Here are a few ways it can benefit your personal and professional lives.

A journal is a great place to record your innermost thoughts , including the doubts and negative thoughts you have about yourself. As you put these thoughts down in written form, you’ll give yourself an opportunity to reassess them…

Running a bar can be fun, but it can also be a nightmare if things aren’t organized correctly. Bartending can be a fast-paced job if you’re working in a busy location, and your bartenders and barbacks need to be able to find what they need and serve customers as quickly as possible. Here are some tips that should help you with that.

Make a Map of Your Space By far, the easiest way to keep your bar space organized is to make a map of where everything goes . Keep a diagram of where your various liquor bottles and tools…

The day of warm family gatherings and turkey eating is coming up, and it may mean a few things. In this pandemic, Thanksgiving might be a little bit different. For vegetarians, it might just be like any other — wondering what innovative meals you can cook up that even non-vegetarian family members will love.

We gathered 5 of our favorite vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes for you to replace the classic turkey.

Looking for an Asian-style meal to spice up your Thanksgiving? Healthy, sweet, and spicy, this dish combines power foods like caramelized Brussel sprouts and tamari or soy sauce flavored crispy…

Thanksgiving dinner is all about variety. The holiday is a time to socialize as much as it is a time to indulge in tasty foods. These seasonal drinks are ideal before and after the big meal.

Thanks Given
Vodka, Cointreau, lemon juice, and cranberry sauce are shaken with ice, strained into glasses, and topped with sparkling wine. A Thanks Given can also be garnished with a sage leaf and orange wheel.

Just Beet It
This drink is shaken beet juice, lemon juice, ginger juice, simple syrup, Mezcal, and Pimms. …

When a person owns a bar, one of the most important aspects of making it successful is training the bartenders . Certain things need to be done to ensure the training is effective.

The first rule of training is always to use an employee handbook. Anyone that works as a bartender needs to have a copy of the handbook for him or herself. This employee manual should clearly explain company policy as well as the company’s culture. It also needs to explain to employees how to best deal with any conflicts with customers. …

Seasonal cocktails can make a fun addition to any autumn menu. Incorporating into cocktails can be a great way to celebrate the season. That may sound unusual. Traditionally, the most popular cocktails tend to either have a refreshing, astringent taste or a sweet, fruity one. But squash has a sweet, mellow flavor. Squash-based cocktails also pair very well with seasonal autumn dishes.

One tasty cocktail for the autumn season is the Smashing Pumpkin. This is made with roasted pumpkin and spiced rum. This cocktail has a distinctive taste, with hints of both citrus notes and allspice. This drink requires a…

Jonathan Cepelak

Jonathan Cepelak lives in Long Island, New York where he works as Assistant Manager at Greenport Harbor Brewery. Check him out online at jonathancepelak.net/!

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