It’s difficult to be a restaurant manager. The position requires long hours. A gumbo of personal, organizational, and strategic skills. And it is often considered thankless. But restaurant management can also be incredibly rewarding. Providing quality service and memorable experiences to your guests and employees can make the stress worth it. The leadership skills and […]
About Kyle Thacker
Kyle handles marketing and PR for Uncorkd. Aside from bartending and restaurant management, he's covered the Chicago dining scene as a freelance writer. He enjoys Miller High Life and getting yelled at by Chicagoans for supporting Boston sport's teams.
Entries by Kyle Thacker
The flavors of fall are comforting and familiar, like an old sweater pulled from storage or the back of your closet. But fall cocktail flavors also give bartenders a chance to get creative. If you’re turning the page with your cocktail menu this fall, then think of flavors that are warming and ripe with nostalgia. […]
Here’s an experiment: Find a frozen caveman. Thaw the caveman out. When they are conscious and alert, offer the caveman a Coors Light or a local IPA. He”ll choose the IPA. Studies show that 9 out of 10 recently-frozen-cavemen prefer IPAs to domestic lagers.
73% of people are intimidated by restaurant wine lists. This statistic comes from a recent study put together by mega wine-producer E&J Gallo’s Dark Horse brand, who polled over 2,000 Brits about their relationship with wine. The study also found that 58% of responders “feel they don’t have enough wine knowledge to order with confidence.” This […]
You see it all the time. Restaurant flyers crammed in mailboxes. Facebook and instagram posts promoting daily specials. Restaurants are constantly chasing down customers, spinning their wheels on ways to bring in more guests to drive up sales. But what happens if all that effort spent on attracting new customers doesn’t work? You can double […]
Springtime is like the impatient little kid, buckled in the back seat during a long drive, pulling fruitlessly at the seat belt strap while their feet kick air, repeatedly asking, “Are we there yet?” It’s an anxious season. People are anxious to feel the sun and refill their stock of Vitamin D. Buried seedlings are anxious […]
Valentine’s Day dinner service is all about creating a special and romantic experience for the couples dining with you. With a restaurant full of candle lit two-tops, VDay service will also be a bit different than your everyday service. One perfect way to create a unique experience for the hallmark holiday is to create a […]
Margins in the restaurant industry are thinner than the blade of sushi knife. Every day you read about restaurants that are closing. Here in Chicago, even restaurants that boast Michelin stars, great customer reviews, and a celebrity chef, are closing their doors. So how can restaurant operators make sure their restaurants find the type of […]
For many restaurants, January is a slow business month. Whether it’s cold weather persuading people to bundle up indoors, bank accounts depleted by holiday spending, or resolutions of new dieting goals, many of your customers are probably eating in this month. But! This means you can take advantage of a less hectic schedule and check […]
The most stressful day I spent managing a restaurant started with an electrical fire. The culprit was a frayed power cord on one of my ancient beer coolers. The cord sent sparks flying which set fire to the duct tape that was previously applied to the cord by a well-intentioned Macgyver in a failed-attempt to […]