WineGirls Wines lifts a glass to strong women

WineGirls Wines lifts a glass to strong women

Were it possible to gather strong female figures like Amelia Earhart, Susan B. Anthony or Annie Oakley in one place at one time—there is a wine bar dedicated to strong women determined to “change the world and have a hell of a good time.” WineGirl Wines, with two locations in Washington —Lake Chelan and Leavenworth— is a winery and wine club founded by Angela Jacobs, a woman on a mission to honor strong women; all women. But of course, guys…

Read More Read More

Barstool Sports celeb saves The Pizza Dude in heroic act

Barstool Sports celeb saves The Pizza Dude in heroic act

Just 9 days before The Pizza Dude/Holly Lanes of Fenton, Mich. was to go out of business — joining the ranks of establishments decimated by pandemic lockdown measures—Barstool Sports frontman Dave Portnoy swooped in for the save. The outspoken sports figure, whose podcasts and popular digital media company had typically focused its discussions on sports and pop culture, went all-in to create a national fundraiser for the nation’s struggling restaurants. And by chance, Brian Aubuchon, owner of The Pizza Dude…

Read More Read More

The restaurant farmer

The restaurant farmer

When Boxerbrand’s blog catches up with Blaze Restaurant Group owner Matty Haskell, the visionary farm-to-table entrepreneur, he’s clad in work boots and surveying the land and animals on one of his working farms. So busy visiting his cattle and hog farms in Maine, Haskell misses a couple of phone interviews before sending a quick text: “I’m so sorry! I’m at the farm. Can we talk at 10 a.m., for real this time?” The Mainer is about as real as it…

Read More Read More

Life is a cabaret at Hotel Carmichael

Life is a cabaret at Hotel Carmichael

The vision to create a grand, luxury-boutique hotel to nurture Carmel, Ind.’s vibrant performing arts and American music scene, was first glimpsed 25 years ago through the long lens of official planning. The goal was to help anchor the community’s future as an important arts and cultural destination. No detail to luxury or ties with the rich musical tradition went unfulfilled in the planning of Hotel Carmichael’s 114 guest rooms, eight suites, meeting rooms named and decorated for legendary artists…

Read More Read More

New customers up 70 percent at Hilton Head bistro

New customers up 70 percent at Hilton Head bistro

A Hilton Head brother-sister team who took over their father’s French-American concept four years ago, managed to increase new-customer traffic this year by 70 percent. Utilizing communication tools such as Constant Contact, as well as all the social media channels, and benefitting from the “game changing” spotlight of Open Table, business at Charlie’s L’etoile Verte in Hilton Head, N.C. has been terrific, says Charlie Golson’s daughter Margaret Pearman. “Open Table was a huge game-changer for us,” says Pearman, a certified…

Read More Read More

Rocking Miami scene without missing a beat

Rocking Miami scene without missing a beat

As the Minister of Culture for Miami’s hotel hotspot Urbanica at the Euclid Hotel, Sexton Garcia has developed a reputation for attracting and retaining customers with his gregarious charisma.  Featured in a lengthy Q&A with Portray magazine prior to the pandemic measures, Garcia was cited in a “best of” series on the Miami scene. Most specifically noted for being “the most gregarious guy in Miami.” So, when Sexton paired up with renowned Argentine chef Fernando Trocca to open new concept…

Read More Read More

Established restaurant pivots to wine club biz

Established restaurant pivots to wine club biz

Domaćin Restaurant of Stillwater, MN was doing a strong business for over a decade when it was shut down by pandemic  regulations. And it roared back to life as a new and popular wine club with delivery service. In this week’s Q&A with Boxerbrand blog Recipe for Success, Domaćin’s brand ambassador Chris Kohtz discusses how the restaurant made lemonade from the proverbial lemons.  BB: How did covid inspire the creators of Domaćin? CK: It has “grounded” us in the best sense of…

Read More Read More

‘They said to dance, so we danced’

‘They said to dance, so we danced’

Three months after opening their Latin-Mediterranean bistro Piripi, named for the Spanish word for “tipsy,” Victoria and Hugo Meyer were dizzy with mandates and pivots. Servers became delivery drivers; a parking lot became the dining room; and suddenly they were packing up high-end scallop dinners with free champagne in to go containers—something they never wanted to do. “They wanted us to dance, so we danced,” says Victoria Meyer, co-owner of the 4,000 square foot concept in Erie, Colo. Along with…

Read More Read More

Soldiering on at the beaches of Maryland

Soldiering on at the beaches of Maryland

The darkest hours washed over an Ocean City waterfront craft-beer and unique dining concept, as pandemic closures overtook the nation. “Those first couple of weeks were the hardest,” says Zev Sibony, owner, 45th Street Taphouse Bar & Grille. The Taphouse is a high-end craft beer and scratch-made dining concept, the absolute jewel of a five-restaurant chain built near the beaches of Ocean City, Md.  “But once we figured out the best deals to entice people to come and eat with…

Read More Read More

Idaho Falls ‘crazy chef’ sees light at end of tunnel

Idaho Falls ‘crazy chef’ sees light at end of tunnel

When asked how he survived the past year in the restaurant biz, Idaho Falls restauranteur Jay Drahota, owner of 11-year-old concept D’Railed, chuckles and begins: “Gather round, for I have a story to tell.” The self-taught chef/owner of a thriving concept, serving A-5 Japanese Wagyu steak, Hungarian pork Mangalista, and 26-ounce Maine lobster could not have dreamed up bigger battles to wage.  And he does it all from an 1800s Union Pacific railroad building; purchased and converted. Adding to the…

Read More Read More