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Covid-19 has battered the restaurant  industry and its employees, leaving restaurant operators scrambling to find ..

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New features to help restaurants and bars be more profitable and no fees for six months on any Backbar subscription..

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Imagine that your bar's liquor inventory is perfectly managed:Your shelves are clear of overstocked liquor bottles..

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These are trying times for restaurants. With so much uncertainty surrounding the length of quarantine,..

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For bars and restaurants to survive they need to focus on cashflow. Here are 10 important recommendations and..

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Do your liquor costs keep creeping up and you don't know where the additional costs are coming from?  Chances are..

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The largest wine spill in over 20 years spilled 96,000 gallons of wine and the famous Spotted Pig restaurant has..

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Equipment will breakdown in a restaurant; it is a nearly unavoidable fact. However, implementing maintenance..

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Wine tariffs continues to affect millions and a French restaurant loses its long-held Michelin Star plus more!  

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Grubhub looks to partner up, Starbucks opens community-based stores and influential English beer styles. 

 

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If you're a new bar manager, you might be feeling overwhelmed with all the new responsibilities, so we're going to..

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"Come on in!  The price (can be) right!"  Customers don't want to come to your bar thinking they're playing The..

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Like any craft, bartending requires certain tools to do the job right. There are plenty of cool gadgets and delicate..

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McDonald's looks to change the "party culture" brought by old management and wine tariffs to increase prices 100%.

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Up and coming wine regions gain momentum and Uber and Postmates file suit against new "unconstitutional" California..

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With 2019 coming to a close, we look back at some of the developments that will lay the ground for 2020.

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As we get closer to 2020 we look back at the top stories in restaurants, wine and dining trends. 

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As we wrap up 2019 we take a look at the Eater Awards of the year in some of the hottest cities in the U.S.

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Broken refrigerator, money out.  Rent and utilities, money out.  Spending money on marketing to get people in the..

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Senate proposes legislation for shutdowns, and an underrated wine country outsells French wine in the U.S.

 

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2020 is coming. It's a year that doesn't quite sound real. 2020 sounds more like an abstract year used in sci-fi..

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McDonald's faces violence from customers, tips to increase holidays sales, and a romaine recall hits again. 

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Craft beer became a separate category years ago and has taken off with diverse and top-notch flavors sure to please..

 

The health movement has set the tone for cocktail trends as we head into 2020.  And while people might be looking..

Burger King beef with Impossible Whopper and third-party delivery apps charge more to cover taxes.

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Starbucks theme park in Chicago, Grubhub mischarges restaurants and McDonalds lets go of CEO for relationship. 

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50% sales growth, new beer styles, third-party delivery apps ruin profit margins and more. 

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Kincade Fire update, ghost kitchens, food trend predictions, and plant-based food dishes. 

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At Backbar, we decided to make the ultimate Chicago cocktail: We used an infusion technique for spirits called fat..

Unnecessary costs to your restaurant, menu hacks to increase profits, and drink trends for your menu.  

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Create a craft beer club, improved P.O.S. systems, and Gen Z shapes the future of the restaurant industry. 

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Third-party delivery vs self delivery, increasing labor prices means higher menu prices plus more.

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Who knew running a successful bar and restaurant would require so much math?

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Google for restaurants, technology to improve operations and restaurants go tip-free. 

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There are many costs that go into running a restaurant and while some are not controllable, others are, and taking..

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"I'm sorry we are out of that."  There is nothing worse than going to a bar and they are out of what you wanted.  Do..

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Restaurants increase CBD use in ingredients and Department of Labor declares new overtime pay rules. 

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Does the thought of sitting down and creating a purchasing budget stress you out to the point that you find..

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Crate & Barrel creates a restaurant, more chicken sandwich wars, and using technology to hire staff. 

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One of the most important elements of running a successful bar is to control and maintain a low liquor cost. 

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Inventory can be one of the most costly things when it comes to running a bar or restaurant so analyzing your data..

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Delivery prices increase, Wendy's competes with a breakfast menu, and Millennials are drinking more, why?    

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At Backbar we know that taking liquor inventory can be a headache, so we created a free bar inventory app to help..

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At Backbar we know purchasing liquor from your vendors takes time and various communication platforms.  So we made..

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The life of a bar manager is filled with long shifts and heavy workloads. A traditional 40-hour work week would feel..

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Since the mid-2000s, life has changed for bartenders. The cocktail revival kicked off in the mid aughts wasn't a..

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Here's a quick question: What is the most important part of the restaurant business?

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We talk to dozens of restaurants every day and they often tell us one of their top challenges is training their wait..

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Who hasn't had sushi? Well, maybe a few of you. But the Japanese food has become extremely popular in the U.S. as..

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If you're a restaurant manager looking for bigger opportunities, or a non-management level restaurant employee..

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I recently wrote about Bar Inventory Accounting and while that post and many others in our Backbar Academy discuss..

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Running a successful bar relies on a team of people that must all be in sync and aware of their duties and..

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The first World Rum Day is being celebrated this month on July 11th, 2019. It's a day for bars, cocktail and spirit..

For most restaurant and bar owners and managers, the enjoyable part of the job revolves around delighting customers..

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One of the fastest growing careers in restaurants and hospitality is the sommelier track. In the past few years the..

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Doing regular inventory of your bar is critical to running a successful beverage operation. And there are many ways..

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People don’t go to restaurants just for the food. They go for the experience of having a relaxing time while having..

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Taking bar inventory can be time consuming and frustrating. It’s a lot of work to count hundreds of bottles, move..

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We know that normally, business owners have enough questions of their own and aren’t looking to add any more to..

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Losing a restaurant manager can be really devastating. It can upend employee relationships, diminish a positive work..

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Some managers have intangible qualities that make them effective leaders and impactful mentors. If you're lucky,..

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The explosive growth of restaurants has increased the cooking opportunities for cooks and chefs and this has left..

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Every year Earth Day is a time when everyone makes the extra effort to volunteer and be more environmentally..

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Creativity is taking center stage and that is apparent in the 2019 cocktail trends. From garnishes to a twist on..

No one likes to blend in and thats especially true for craft beers. Once a trend themselves, craft beer has expanded..

With 2019 in full effect lets take a look at some of the biggest wine trends that are going to take the industry by..

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The allure of the restaurant industry is easy to understand. The money can be good and comes fast. The obligation is..

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What makes a good restaurant staff? Is it that they smile? Can double-stir cocktails? Sure, hospitality and talent..

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The world of wine can be intimidating. From full bodied red wines to crisp dry white wines. The options are truly..

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Whether its the freezing winter, the holiday season, or healthy new year's resolutions, a slow business season is..

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Does your restaurant's menu change seasonally? It should. And not just your food menu. Your wine, beer, and cocktail..

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A consistent flow of new beers, breweries, and bars are feeding the beer loving public each day. If you're at a bar..

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A restaurant is only as good its staff. The bartender, servers, and help staff are the heart and soul of a..

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Par levels are a phrase you'll hear often when working at a bar or restaurant. But it's more than an industry term...

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Ah, the sacred wine by the glass list... In many restaurants the glass list is responsible for up to 75% of all wine..

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Everywhere we look, it seems like a new, high-level cocktail program is being offered at bars both new and old. More..

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Once, during a busy Friday night a bar in Chicago, a recently hired server returned a glass of White Zinfandel to..

# Wine Knowledge

Pricing drinks can be a tricky part of the bar business, but it doesn’t have to be. Pricing your drinks properly..

# Liquor Cost

Taking liquor inventory at your bar or restaurant can be a pain. But the best way to minimize the pain is to create..

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A well run bar should have an alcohol cost between 18-20% of sales. It's the golden range for bar managers and..

# Liquor Cost

If you hang out in bars long enough, you'll eventually start to hear all sorts of unusual and interesting phrases..

# Bartender Training

What wine pairs well with fish? What is the difference between a red and white wine glass? What does a dry wine..

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