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Strategies to increase foot traffic

Strategies to increase foot traffic

Amanda Lewis says there’s a better way for restaurants to pull in customers. And to make the patron experience so worthwhile they become devotees of the hospitality brand. She knows from which she speaks. Over the Christmas season Lewis transformed a restaurant into a North Pole wonderland so beautiful that a neighborhood Italian restaurant in Weymouth, Mass. was booked solid from Nov. 1 until the end of January. Reservations for The Venetian Restaurant became so hard to get that patrons…

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A restaurant truly ‘worth it’

A restaurant truly ‘worth it’

Chef Kurt Janowsky’s ultimate aspiration was to craft an experience so extraordinary that every guest departed his establishment with a resounding sense of fulfillment, echoing the sentiment, “It was truly worth it.” “We aim to transform a bad day into a good one and elevate a good day into an unforgettable memory,” says Ryne Wright, General Manager of Artisan in Elkhart, IN. This vision propelled Chef Janowsky, the visionary behind Navarre Hospitality Group, and his investors, to breathe new life…

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Upscale Mexican concept splashes down in Fla

Upscale Mexican concept splashes down in Fla

Two visionary businessmen, one with a successful chain of high-end barber shops, the other with an equally thriving pizzeria chain, joined forces this year to bring something completely different to Lakewood, Florida. The quest to build a high-end Mexican concept in the fastest growing Florida panhandle community was a strategic play to marry food trends seen in other parts of the country to a boutique community within 30 minutes of the coast. “The vision was to give Lakewood something they…

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‘What can’t you put on a deviled egg?’

‘What can’t you put on a deviled egg?’

Raechel van Buskirk’s bustling gastronomic venture started with a $35 budget and a mission to feed Sunday regulars at a dive bar in Omaha. “I was working behind the bar at a dive in Omaha one weekend when the owner said he wanted me to come up with something we could offer people to snack on as we tried to build up our Sunday business,” van Buskirk says. “We didn’t have a kitchen, and I had a tiny budget, but…

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Tech exec helms paddleship biz

Tech exec helms paddleship biz

A Maryland software entrepreneur has aimed her tech skills at a diesel-powered, 1800s paddleboat concept to pilot ship and crew into a whole new world of shipboard dining. Michelle Wyatt sold her Mid-Atlantic software business CadmiumCD, and Maryland home, to move with her family to set a new course in the Sunshine State. And six weeks ago, Wyatt’s ship came! On Sept. 7 she reopened St. Johns Rivership Company as its new owner. And on Sept. 8, the 1800s replica…

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A culinary oasis in food desert

A culinary oasis in food desert

In a food desert in Northwest Kansas, The Elephant Bistro & Bar has become a watering hole for foodies traveling 100 miles to enjoy the international flavors prepared with classical French methods of executive chef & owner Emily Campbell. When it opened in 2018, The Elephant was quite literally the third restaurant to open in the one-streetlight town of Hoxie, population 1,200, according to recent figures. But Emily and her husband Doug had “big dreams” to bring a foodie oasis…

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A Hobgoblin Comes To Boston

A Hobgoblin Comes To Boston

“A hobgoblin,” explains hospitality entrepreneur Jamme Chantler, “is a term that loosely translates into house elf.” According to Scottish lore of which Chantler is so fond, the house elf would work in a castle or cottage in exchange for food. The idea of it tickled the fancy of Chantler, who with his partner and son Nick, opened Hobgoblin Gastropub in Boston’s historic Downtown Crossing neighborhood in July. In a restaurant bedecked with gargoyles and commissioned artwork depicting 1400s paintings of…

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Latin-fusion fun in Idaho

Latin-fusion fun in Idaho

In the heart of potato country along the Spokane River a Latin American concept now flourishes. For its third season, the Terraza Waterfront Café has served unique, light Latin fare and creative cocktails in a sweeping, modern interior and exterior space along the river. Thirty year Coeur d’Alene resident Doug Johnson was inspired by his memories of his grandmother’s cooking, not to mention his Mexican genealogy, to introduce his upscale terrace restaurant, which was designed to feel like it’s in…

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‘We were pot committed’

‘We were pot committed’

In Autumn 2019, restaurateur BJ Lieberman and his wife Brownwyn Haines were bursting with excitement as they left the restaurant life they knew and struck out for Columbus, Ohio. Leaving Washington, D.C. and the fine-dining restaurant scene where Lieberman had worked after culinary school, the couple had a well-planned dream to build a comfort food concept with the help of chef friends who were all-in on the idea. “We moved from Washington, D.C. in September 2019, and at the same…

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