Strategies For Inspiring A Hospitality Team

With the on-premise industry reeling from temporary closures, layoffs and furloughs to slow the spread of COVID-19, many restaurant teams have been disbanded for the short term. Here are some tips for inspiring the staff when it’s time to regroup and rebuild. These suggestions come courtesy of Cliff Dragonetti, general manager of Rare650 Prime Steak and Sushi by Anthony Scotto in Syosset, NY. He presented them in a seminar at the International Restaurant & Food…

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Thirst For Tequila Keeps Up

Tequila remains red hot, with U.S. sales of the agave-based spirit projected to increase about 7% for 2019, according to the Beverage Information and Insights Group. That growth rate beat nearly every other spirit category.  Interest in tequila has prompted many consumers to expand into mezcal, as more people seek out authentic, quality products with a history.  As with several spirit categories today, premiumization has been driving tequila sales. Top-shelf expressions have become best sellers.…

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NY Restaurants Allowed To Offer Takeout Alcohol

Bars and restaurants in New York can no longer serve guests inside the establishment, according to regulations that took effect Monday to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. But businesses with liquor licenses in the state are now allowed to sell alcohol for consumption at home. The State Liquor Authority has relaxed rules to allowing restaurants, bars, wineries and distilleries to sell their alcoholic products to patrons who order takeout during the temporary…

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10 Drinks For St. Patrick’s Day 2020

St. Patrick’s Day cocktails don’t need to be green to be good, though it never hurts to have a few emerald-hued beverages in your arsenal for that me-too order and Instagram feed. Here are 10 drink recipes to shake up your celebration leading up to the March 17 holiday, from fresh and vegetal to creamy and decadent. Laying Boots(shown atop)2 oz. Blue Clover vodka¾ oz. Fresh pineapple juice½ oz. Orange liqueur½ oz. House-made agave liqueur½…

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Boston’s Raises The Beverage Bar

The largest casual-dining restaurant chain in Canada, ironically named for a city in New England, has been substantially increasing its footprint in the U.S. Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar now operates 22 locations in the U.S. and plans to double that in the next four years, says its vice president of marketing Katie Borger.  The gourmet pizza franchise’s adult beverage program will play a key role in growing the U.S. business. Boston’s this past…

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