Entries by Josh Saunders

Using Technology to Improve Wait Staff Training

Training your wait staff on your beverage menu can be difficult.  With frequent turnover among servers, new wines, beers, spirits and cocktails to learn and so much else to do, we hear frequently that staff training if one of biggest challenges for restaurant owners and managers.  Most of your staff already has smartphones and tablets, […]

Three New Restaurants in Milwaukee Switch to Uncorkd iPad Wine Menus

Three well-known restaurants in Milwaukee have started using Uncorkd digital beverage menus in July.  The restaurants include: Mason Street Grill (425 E Mason St) inside the Pfister Hotel Kil@wat (139 E Kilbourn Ave) inside the InterContinental Hotel Milwaukee ChopHouse (633 N 5th St) inside the Hilton City Center Hotel All three restaurants feature an extensive […]

Attract More Patrons with Absinthe

Absinthe. Just breathe the name of this notorious, strong-tasting liquor, and many connotations come immediately to mind: It’s bright green. It’s illegal. It’s hallucinogenic. It can make you insane. While all of these statements are actually false, the long-running rumors about absinthe certainly make it intriguing. Why not capitalize on that intrigue? Here are some […]

Keep Cafe Patrons Interested: Add Alcohol to Your Menu

 Years ago, I had a New York City teacher friend who knew the perfect East Village bar for grading papers at 3:30 in the afternoon. As soon as she put her red pen away, she could reward herself right on the spot with something cold and refreshing. Teachers, freelancers, and aspiring novelists often have an […]

Bring in More Bar Customers by Hosting these Activities

Your great drink selection speaks for itself, and your bartenders are top-notch. You also have an awesome bar menu, if you don’t say so yourself. So where are all the customers? People come to bars to have fun, so between the alcohol and the company, one would think that patrons would be able to entertain […]

What Kind of Bar is this, Anyway?

What’s the oddest thing that any of your bar patrons have ever done? Some customers have strong opinions about whether a bar is an appropriate place to, say, bring small children or read a book; however, not everyone agrees on these matters. The basic definition of a bar is really just a place where one […]

Happier (More Profitable) Happy Hours

Happy hour specials are a time-honored strategy for drawing patrons in on weekday evenings, when bars might not otherwise see too much of a crowd. However, you obviously don’t just offer bargain beer, wine, and well drink specials for the mere sake of giving your profits away; you want to make sure that the draw […]