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Let’s meet up “IRL” at the NRA Show

Online pals, who will be at the NRA Show in Chicago May 16 – 19? ~ Send us a message and let’s meet up “In Real Life.”

NRA show 2015


Warm Up with some Mac N Cheese Donuts

~~ Restaurants and Bakeries should jump on new Savory Donut recipes.
~~ It’s cold and snowy in Chicago today and comfort food in donut form sounds good to me.  Hmmm, the Grilled Cheese Donut, Savory Cream Cheese Donuts, or Donut Monte Cristo Sliders… Decisions, Decisions.
~~ There’s some great ideas to jump start the Savory Donut food trend right here.

~~ Want to talk food trends and restaurant innovations?  Touch base with me on Twitter or Facebook and let’s make some money with new customer-pleasing ideas.  ~~ Tim

A Nasty Lawsuit at Chicago Hot Spot “The Purple Pig.”

One of the hazards of the cash-based and personality-driven restaurant and bar business are disputes over money, accounting, and partnership agreements. This scandal at the Purple Pig is a prime example to learn from, involving some of the biggest restaurant players in Chicago.

Opening or operating a bar or restaurant?  Got partners?  Want to set up partnerships, management companies or LLCs?  Leverage the expertise of A-List Marketing and you could save yourself problems like this in your future.  Contact us for a free strategy session …

Here’s the Purple Pig saga, thanks to Peter Frost of Crain’s Chicago Business.


#Chicago #Food #Business #Crains #Legal #News

Why Someone Needs to Put a GoPro Camera on a Shot Ski.

Because… GoPro and Shot Ski just belong together!

We have fun with “shot skis” at many of my clients’ locations. It’s a new twist on shots and makes celebrating even more of a group activity.
Someone needs to put a GoPro camera on a shot ski to get some great video “shots” – I might have to be the one to do that over the big TG holiday weekend!

Have a great Saturday Night and rest of your weekend — TimTheBarGuy

The League of Distinguished Shot Ski Gentlemen at one of my client bars, The Snuggery Schaumburg, Illinois.
shot ski whiskeyriver
Rockin’ the Shot Ski at Whiskey River, Mt. Prospect Illinois. One of my newest client bars that opened Fall 2014.

When you’re in the Chicago area, check out Whiskey River, The Snuggery, and my other Ala Carte Entertainment client bars and restaurants for fun, food and festivities!

#bars #promotions #shots #Saturday #nightclubs #GoPro

The Cool “Secret” Trend That’s Sure to Catch On.

Due to the long term trend in the drinking market toward exclusivity, mixology and catering to higher end clientele, I am convinced the Secret Cocktail Club concept will catch fire in multiple markets and be a leading edge trend in the year to come. There are many other possible permutations of the secret/private drinking theme; I am working with clients on some innovations right now!

Read about Chicago’s Liquor Lab Secret Cocktail Club here in Thrillist and get ready to see more of this.


#Events #Chicago #LiqourLab #CocktailCulture #Innovation #Trends #News #Bars #Mixology


#TBT :: The Oldest Restaurants in the USA.

What better way to #Throwback Thursday than to take a look at the oldest restaurant in each state of the union?  Courtesy of Thrillist, look and learn!

IL village inn
The oldest restaurant in my state, Illinois, is also the oldest bar, appropriately enough! The Village Tavern, Long Grove IL.

The Surprising Truth About Who Creates New Jobs

We often think of small business as the employment engine of the economy and in many ways that is true.  The restaurant/bar/hospitality business is a big mover in job creation.  But when it comes to job-creating power, new research indicates it is not the size of the business that matters as much as it is the age.

New and young companies are the primary source of job creation in the American economy. Not only that, but these firms also contribute to economic dynamism by injecting competition into markets and spurring innovation.

Representing 95 percent of all U.S. companies, businesses with fewer than fifty employees are undoubtedly important to overall economic strength. So too are the relatively few large companies, which employ millions of Americans.

Yet, neither group contributes to new job creation in the way young, entrepreneurial firms do. In fact, between 1988 and 2011, companies more than five years old destroyed more jobs than they created in all but eight of those years.

Read the research and conclusions here from the Kauffman Foundation, which shows how Start Ups are a prime job driver, how there’s a dangerous trend toward fewer new enterprises, and what can be done to encourage new businesses that drive more jobs.

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Here’s some more info on what’s needed to enable entrepreneurial firms to drive innovation and prosperity.

Please remember it is important to job growth and local economic health to support small businesses, local companies and start ups whenever possible!