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  • Banned at One Bar? You Could Be Banned from Them All

    We all know that people can get a little carried away in bars, that’s a given anytime you mix nightlife and alcohol. How many people expect that a particularly rowdy night might end up with their name on “a nightlife equivalent of a no fly list”, accessible by bars across the world? Well technology has brought us there! According to a post on OneZero Medium by Susie Cagle, A product called PatronScan allows bars and establishments to scan guests’ IDs to verify the authenticity, but it also provides businesses with a bit of security. The software attached to the scanners allows bars to tag patrons who are rowdy, and share their blacklisted status with every other bar that uses the service. 

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  • How to Make Your Restaurant's Outdoor Patio More Appealing This Winter

    Our office is on the coast of California, so winter is basically fall but with the occasional bit of morning frost (I own an ice scraper but it’s for cleaning my hiking boots). For the rest of the country, the cold weather has been around for awhile now. With the shorter days, lack of sun, abundance of clouds and cold temperatures, it’s natural for most of us to want to retreat inside! With just a few modifications to our outdoor spaces though, many of us can enjoy time outside year round and still be comfortable. Check out these tips below, inspired by a recent Houzz article, on how to get the most out of your outdoor spaces this winter.

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  • What Restaurant Trends Should Stay Behind in 2019?

    It is that time of year again, the end of the calendar and time to reflect on all the frantic highs, lows and trends of the year. 2019 was a year of change for restaurants. Delivery options expanded dramatically, with consumers across the nation adopting GrubHub, Uber Eats, DoorDash and all the other tech players. Seemingly every new restaurant was named after the owner's grandmother. Marketing efforts have gone high tech; with smartphones now in the pockets of almost every American adult, restaurants are going digital to find new customers. But what are the worst trends of the year? GrubStreet put together their list of the 10 worst restaurant trends, and we have some thoughts as well!

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  • The Best Option for Heating your Outdoor Patio this Winter

    Winter is here! Well, for most of the country at least. Our office is in California, so we are just starting to see temperatures dip. In a lot of the country, cold weather has been around for a few weeks now. While most of us retreat inside during the colder months, adding warmth to your outdoor spaces can mean comfortable access to fresh air, al fresco dinners, and back yard parties even through the colder months! But what is the best option for creating a warm environment on your patio? In our office, we are split between propane fire pits, wood fire pits, and portable propane heaters, as they each have advantages and disadvantages depending on your preference.  Continue reading

  • Tips for Hosting a Stress Free & Successful Thanksgiving Dinner


    The holidays are fast approaching (feels like they really surprised us this year), so if you haven’t already started preparing to host Thanksgiving, it isn’t too late! While November and December holidays are all about giving thanks, spending time with loved ones, and staying warm in the colder months, they are also inevitably filled with that holiday stress. Family time can be healing, or it can really try your patience. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some tips to help make you minimize stress this Thanksgiving! Stick to what you know, plan ahead, and keep it simple. Focus on the company, and save the party tricks for Easter.  Continue reading

  • Nostalgic Restaurant Concept: The Supper Club

    “Supper” is a word that evokes a different time in American history, a distinctly old-world term that implies something more formal, more serious than “dinner”. Supper, generally, has fallen out of favor with most urban Americans and is more common in the south and midwest, in more rural areas, and with older generations. Even in the UK, where one might think older traditions and phrases might have a stronger hold, the word supper comes in a distant third place behind dinner and “tea” (which is definitely a drink and not a meal). Supper” seems to imply something more that just a meal at days end. In fact, there is a whole category of restaurants that cater to this idea, the supper club. Continue reading

  • What do Changing Age Demographics Mean for Hotels & Restaurants?

    It's no great secret, the average age of people in the United States is rising. In 2020, for the first time, there will be more people age 65 and over than children under the age of 5. And according to some estimates, seniors over 65 will make up nearly 22% of the U.S. population by 2040 ("up from 14.9% in 2015"). While younger populations are still a huge market, it's going to be increasingly important for hospitality businesses to also appeal to older demographics. Continue reading

  • Should Restaurants Get Rid of Single-Use Plastic Straws?

    The plastic straw debate really heated up in 2018, and a year later, conscious consumers on social media are still clamoring for more Eco-friendly options to single-use straws. There are many facets to this debate, including implications for people with disabilities, the viability of alternative options, and the larger debate around consumption in the first place. So what can a restaurant do to keep all of their customers happy? A little compromise is all it takes.

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  • Beautiful Custom Clocks Decorate this Cafe's Walls

    We came for the table bases, but stayed for the awesome DIY clock idea! ⠀

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  • B Series Bases in a Bright Juice Bar

    We love the fun pops of color in this juice bar! What's your favorite bright color to use for accents? ⠀


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