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Nestled in iconic Downtown Naperville, Illinois, Vasili’s is located at 135 Water Street. The origin of Vasili’s restaurant pays homage to the warmth and charm of Papou Vasili, Founder and CEO, Scott Harris’ Father-in-Law (Papou is Greek for grandfather). Papou’s passion for flavorful cooking began at his mother’s table but blossomed at his father’s restaurant. Inspired by delicious family recipes cooked over a blazing hearth, surrounded by loved ones and friends, this passion remains true today. Each meal is celebrated with delicious food, laughter, music, and Ouzo!
Everything that comes to the table is cooked over an open fire-75% of all items to be exact. This is unique for most restaurants within
the US, but more importantly, it provides an authentic Greek-Mediterranean experience for their customers.
The centerpiece of the Vasili’s kitchen is the custom-built hearth that allows staff to cook and grill items over wood, the hearth-grilling technique uses white oak to enhance authentic flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. The seating allows people to get a glimpse of the hearth in action, providing an elevated dining experience.
“I think the flavors that you get from cooking over wood, cooking that way is just extraordinary. You can keep the food very simple, very rustic, but really get some nice elevated flavors,” said Jaysen Euler, a restaurant partner and its executive chef!
Vasili’s menu includes
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The James Beard Foundation announced its 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists in advance of the James Beard Awards presented by Capital One. The full list of 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists can be found on the James Beard Foundation website. Nominees will be announced on Wednesday, March 29, and winners will be celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 5, 2023, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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Only 34% of consumers aged 18-24 said inflation has them dining out less often, compared to 48% of all respondents to a recent Technomic survey. Instead of cutting back on restaurant visits, members of the younger generation say they’re choosing less-expensive menu items, and digital ordering tools make it easier to compare prices between restaurants.
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Increase in purchasing power of consumers in emerging regions, changes in lifestyle and food habits, and rise in numbers of female working population drive the global frozen food market Allied Market Research published a report, titled, “Frozen Food Market by Product Type (Frozen Ready Meals, Frozen Meat & Poultry, Frozen Seafood, Frozen Vegetables & Fruits, Frozen & Refrigerated Soups and Frozen Potatoes) and User (Food Service Industry and Retail Users): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2020-2027.”
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After nearly three years, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin re-opens one of its signature restaurant venues -Dream Dance Steakhouse. Guests can expect the same first-class dining featuring prime cuts sourced from the esteemed Allen Brothers of Chicago, more than 400 selections of wines from around the world including 20 available by the glass, attentive service and the warm ambience they’ve come to expect.
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Christian Hunter Appointed Atelier Executive Chef
Atelier, located in Lincoln Square in the former Elizabeth Restaurant space, announces the appointment of Christian Hunter. The restaurant recently opened for dinner service. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Hunter was most recently the Executive Chef at Community Table in Litchfield County, Connecticut. He holds a culinary degree from Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York and has cooked at Relais & Châteaux’s Lake Placid Lodge and The Weekapaug Inn in Rhode Island. He also spent four years in Charleston, South Carolina, cultivating relationships with local farmers along with his own culinary identity.
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Chili’s Grill & Bar has ended a test of the 1,600-squarefoot delivery-only unit it opened in Texas a few months ago, as part of a plan to refocus resources in other areas, including investing in digital efforts and the customer experience, according to a statement from parent company Brinker International. “We made some strategic decisions to accelerate some projects and to stop other projects,” Brinker CEO Kevin Hochman said.
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Taco John’s Unveils New Design
Taco John’s has revived its Drive Thru Olé concept as its newest store design, according to a press release. The store design is currently less than half the size of its traditional footprint, requiring only 0.35 to 0.5 acres of land. It’s quicker to build and costs significantly less than its traditional free-standing units of up to 2,200 square feet with 38 seats. The redesign sits at 900 to 1,100 square feet. The exterior structure arrives at the site ready-built, interior finished (FRP, floor tile, ceiling grid and tile), along with HVAC, electrical, plumbing, three comp sink and hood, and the kitchen equipment is installed on the spot. These modular buildings would then be shipped to towns across the upper Midwest for franchisees. “With rising construction costs, Taco John’s has an option that makes it economically feasible to build stores in smaller markets, our focus initially is in towns with a population less than 10,000, and some high-density areas where real estate is limited,” Brooks Speirs, vice president of franchise development, said in the release. – Source: qsrweb.com
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In collaboration with Chicago’s local artists, Vienna Beef ventures into the realm of art and design with the launch of the Vienna Beef Print Series. This diverse curation of works celebrates the culture and tradition surrounding the Chicago Style Hot Dog.
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Technology is driving change throughout the food supply chain and consumers are seeing the results of that innovation in everything from vertically grown produce at restaurants and retailers to cell-cultured alternatives, according to The Hartman Group’s Food & Technology 2022. “Consumers will continue to ask whether the ends justify the means and expect companies to make compelling and honest cases for new, tech-forward foods,” writes Hartman CEO Laurie Demeritt.
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The special guests for our March 7 Shmoozefest are Chef Tony Priolo (co-owner, Piccolo Sogno) and Chef Sarah Stegner (co-owner, Prairie Grass Cafe) who were instrumental in gaining the support of over 70 Chicago chefs, resulting in an event which raised over $680,000 to aid the crises in Ukraine. The event filled the massive Navy Pier Ballroom. Join us as we learn how Chefs Tony and Sarah pulled off this massive initiative and how it has helped their businesses and careers.
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Starbucks is expanding its delivery partnership with DoorDash, and the coffee giant expects the service to be available in every US state by March. Starbucks built its business on being a “third place,” but its offpremises sales have been growing significantly — drive-thru, delivery and mobile orders now generate 75% of total orders, the company says.
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Roger’s Park Pizzeria Participates in World’s Largest Pizza Party
Tony Troiano, owner of J.B. Alberto’s Pizza of Rogers Park traveled to Tulsa as part of World Pizza Champions in partnership with The University of Tulsa and achieved a Guinness Book of World Record for World’s Largest Pizza Party to benefit Make-A-Wish Oklahoma. The group set the record on Saturday, January 21 and had a total of 3,357 participants.
“This record attempt was logistically a challenge that took dozens if not hundreds of people to pull off,” said Tony Troiano, owner of J.B. Alberto’s Pizza “We are so proud of the way multiple entities came together for the sake of raising money for a well-deserving organization and in doing so put some serious funds in their corner and accomplished a huge title of World Record Holder of World’s Largest Pizza Party.” “Design
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The Greater Chicago Chapter of the Club Management Association of America recently held its annual trade show at the new location of the Rosemont Expo Center in Rosemont Illinois. The show attracted over 400 private and country club executives and chefs. Managing director Kathy Collins secured Rachel Sheerin, an award-winning, high-energy motivational keynote speaker and emcee, who spoke on burnout, happiness, and success for high performing hospitality organizations and businesses.
Greek and Mediterranean items like octopus, gyros, paidakia, lamb porterhouse, feta-brined chicken, souvlaki, Vasili’s chips and more. At Vasili’s, they share their hearth-inspired Mediterranean dishes that have been handed down through generations.
“Quality is most important to us at Scott Harris Hospitality. When customers come to one of our restaurants, they are our family. You only want to serve your family and loved ones the best possible items. We have found with Devanco Foods, that they have the highest quality standards in place to enhance a meal to make it memorable. Their quality gyro is something that our customers count on at Vasili’s and we’re proud to be in partnership with them. “said Chef Jason Euler.
Scott Harris Hospitality has been serving the Chicago area for more than 30 years, starting with Scott’s original location, Mia Francesca’s in Lakeview. From the day he opened his doors, he has seen great success throughout Chicago and in San Diego through a variety of culinary concepts. Most recently, Scott Harris Hospitality moved its Fat Rosie’s location to a larger location in Naperville in January. Up next is their newest concept SmokeShow, an all-American BBQ restaurant opening up in downtown Naperville, with Davanti Enoteca, an Italian Wine Bar, coming just weeks after the opening of SmokeShow across the street. The company has plans to open an additional Fat Rosie’s location this year in Lincolnwood, IL, Vinny’s Clam Bar in Tinley Park, IL and many exciting things upon the horizon in 2024! Scott Harris Hospitality is working around the clock to provide an excellent dining experience for all of their customers.
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US Foods Holding Corp, one of America’s largest foodservice distributors, announced the addition of two transformative technology offerings to its Check Business Tools program: Bear Robotics and 7shifts. US Foods Check Business Tools program provides foodservice operators with a growing suite of technology solutions designed to help drive traffic, simplifyt staffing and reduce waste. Bear Robotics and 7shifts were ultimately selected to join the US Foods Check Business Tools line-up after participating in the company’s Innovative Partnerships incubator program with more than 20 restaurant technology companies vying for the opportunity.
Hyatt to Rebrand Hyatt Regency Scottsdale
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Entering into a new partnership is exhilarating. You developed a winning concept, secured funding and found the perfect location. You and your new partner are in perfect harmony, and your future together looks bright. What could go wrong?
The rhetorical answer is, of course, “a lot.”
Much like the beginning of a romantic courtship, it is natural to get swept up in excitement at the expense of planning to maintain a long-term partnership. A partnership is a marriage. You are commingling finances and making mutual promises to bind your lives together in ways that require a legal process to unbind. You may even spend more time with your partner than your actual spouse. For these reasons, treat your operating agreement with the same care you would a prenuptial agreement:
• Don’t rush. In the sprint to secure a lease, permits and licenses, many new partners assign the operating agreement a low priority. However, the negotiation process often reveals “deal breakers,” e.g., a partner’s unwillingness to commit to terms they orally agreed to, learning you made incorrect assumptions about a partner’s ability to run the business or fund additional capital, learning of a history of unflattering lawsuits in the due diligence process, etc. Resolving terms in writing before signing a lease with a personal guaranty is advisable.
• Pay attention to your partner’s negotiation style. Did your partner present written terms that are fair, or skewed heavily in their favor despite a 50-50 partnership? Is your partner willing to compromise, or are they engaging in strongarm tactics to get their way? Are they able to have difficult conversations and resolve conflict? Your partner is showing you the type of person you should expect to deal with for the duration of the partnership.
• Communicate about roles and expectations on a granular level. Do you expect your partner to be present every day to manage the business? Should they expect a management fee? If one partner owns other businesses, how do you handle potential conflicts of interest? Do you share the same outlook on expenses? How will you resolve a tie vote? Resolving important topics in advance may be uncomfortable but spares you resentment, conflict and attorney’s fees.
• Talk about the end. Death, withdrawal of a partner and bankruptcy must be considered and planned for. What are a partner’s bad acts that warrant terminating the partnership for “cause”? Should the wrongdoer incur a penalty?
Communicating with your new partner on these topics provides the partnership with stability and increases your odds of “happily ever after.”
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ACA celebrates its tenth year since incorporating. The American Cider Association is an organization of cider producers in the United States. Their mission is to grow a diverse and successful U.S. cider industry by providing valuable information, resources and services to their members. Campbell Soup Company plans to consolidate its Snacks offices in Charlotte, N.C. and Norwalk, Conn. into its headquarters in Camden. Over the next three years, the company plans to invest approximately $50 million to enhance its Camden facilities to drive greater creativity, collaboration and career development.
Coffee Fest New York 2023 will be held Mar 5-7, 2023 at the Javits Center. Three days of best-in-class educational content featuring the specialty beverage industry’s thought leaders and innovators. An Expo Hall featuring the latest food and beverage products, retail solutions and technologies. Hilton announced the launch of Spark by Hilton, the newest addition to its portfolio of world-class brands. Following extensive research, the introduction of Spark by Hilton fills an open space in the industry by creating a new premium economy lodging option to meet the needs of even more guests and owners seeking value, quality and consistency. Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, is back with new episodes of her multiplatform series Be My Guest with Ina Garten which premiers Mar. 5th on the Food Network. She welcomes friends old and new to her East Hampton home for in-depth conversations, great food and trips to her favorite local spots. In 2017, the cold brew coffee market was valued at USD 707.17 million. From a regional perspective, North America held the largest market share, valued at USD 388.03 million. The cold brew
coffee market size is estimated to grow by USD 439.93 million from 2022 to 2027 at a CAGR of 7.73% according to Technavio. Marriott International Marks Another Year of Strong Acceleration in Signings. The company signed an average of two deals a day, for a total of 726 management and franchise agreements, an increase of 21 percent over 2021 signings, representing nearly 108,000 rooms. Nestlé Health Science announced a $43 million investment to expand its manufacturing facility in Eau Claire, WisVconsin. The investment will add two new production lines to increase manufacturing of highdemand ready-to-drink consumer products. PLMA’s- Private Label Manufacturers AssociationAnnual Meeting & Leadership Conference will be held March 22-24, 2023, in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. The keynote speaker for the event will be April Rinne, who will discuss “Leadership, Relationships, and Partnerships in a World of Flux.” Star Expos along with the Kansas State Fair announce a brand-new expo coming to Hutchinson and the Kansas State Fairgrounds Mar 30-Apr. 1, 2023. Partnering with the Kansas State Fair and Visit Hutch gives the Kansas Ag Expo the opportunity to showcase a more diverse expo to include manufactures and a wide variety of products and services.
The Inaugural Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival launches April 2023 with one-of-a-kind dining experiences, a chef showdown competition and an exclusive grand tasting event Apr. 12-15th, 2023. The four-day foodie festival will showcase the Tampa Bay area’s culinary genius, featuring the region’s most notable chefs and celebrated restaurants from Tampa, St. Petersburg, and more.
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The Best in Vegan Sweets From Around the World
The Very Vegan Sweet Shop, a brand new, curated, and 100% vegan sweet shop is now open online. The shop is a project from Nicole Sopko, a 25+ year vegan, food industry veteran, and all-around lover of sweets. Nicole has worked in the food industry for over 12 years, serving as the Vice President of vegan-owned meat alternative brand, Upton’s Naturals. She has also served as a Founding Board Member and is the current President of the Board of Directors for the industry trade group, the Plant Based Foods Association. Her time in the industry has given her exposure to many amazing products that she wanted to share, which led to the creation of her own mail order business, which she will pursue in addition to her current roles.
“There is something about a beautifully packaged and delicious sweet treat that can make even ordinary moments
special. By opening The Very Vegan Sweet Shop, it’s my hope that more people can bring those special moments home for themselves or others,” Sopko said. “The Very Vegan Sweet Shop is the answer to finding the perfect gift for holidays, special occasions, or corporate gift giving and we hope to work with our customers to contribute to more very special moments to come!”
The Very Vegan Sweet Shop is currently stocking over 100 vegan sweets from candy bars to gourmet chocolates to baked goods and other confectionary treats from the US and Europe. The business is currently shipping in the US with plans to add international shipping soon and will continue to add new products and assortments weekly, with a specific focus on special holiday items.
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The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group recently opened the doors of Kindling | Downtown Cookout & Cocktails, the newest addition and first full-service restaurant offering in Willis Tower’s Catalog, featuring a seasonally rotating menu from Chef Partner Jonathon Sawyer centered around wood-fired cuisine. Providing a gathering place in the heart of the city for all to enjoy, the 17,000 sq. ft. space seats 500 across both indoor and outdoor dining spaces. The 200-seat, second floor terrace overlooking Adams Street will open this summer. Kindling is open Monday through Saturday with lunch and dinner reservations available from 11:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. Kindling’s happy hour-Tower Hour, is available starting with the opening of lunch service from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. daily.
Kindling boasts a live fire show kitchen complete with one of the largest wood-fire grills in Chicago that acts as the “heart” of the restaurant space. Chef Sawyer draws inspiration from his international travels and extensive experience with live-fire cooking for Kindling’s menu, which features dishes such as Wood-Fired Oysters offered in four variations, Rotisserie Duck Rigatoni using freshly made pasta, Colorado Lamb Chops and Pastrami Spiced Short Ribs. Lunch service features a condensed menu of wood-fired starters, variations of grilled skewers, sandwiches, and lighter entrees whereas dinner service features a grander menu and large format dining options such as the 24 oz 50 Day Dry Aged Bone-in Ribeye prepared over open flame.
“The menu really showcases the versatility and depth of the wood-fire grill.” “We have created very unique flavor profiles and unexpected dishes for Kindling’s menu that the public will really enjoy,” said Chef Sawyer. “It has been our goal to bring elevated wood-fired dining to the heart of Chicago since we began developing Kindling’s concept in 2020, and this menu definitely achieves that.”
The contemporary space, designed by the Simone Deary Design Group, is sectioned into three zones to provide various atmospheres throughout the restaurant. The main dining area located on the ground level boasts a warm ambiance with cushioned booth seating and lush greenery that leads to an expansive bar setting complete with high top seating. Exclusive seating around the live fire show kitchen on the first floor where guests can witness live-fire cooking is offered for reservations in a limited capacity. Upstairs, the space opens to a secondary dining area that surrounds another full-service bar and overlooks the first floor. Guests can enjoy games such as foosball and shuffleboard in the back section of the second floor in the Jackson Park zone, which doubles as a semi-private event space that can accommodate up to 70 guests. The restaurant also features The Birch, a reservation-only, boardroom inspired private dining room that seats 10 and offers a pre-fixed menu, perfect for business meetings and special events. Kindling is the latest addition to Catalog, the new retail, dining and entertainment destination that was added to the base of Willis Tower as part of its recent $500 million redevelopment. Catalog now includes more than a dozen curated dining and retail options that serve building tenants, neighbors and visitors.
Founded in 2008,The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group is a fun-loving group of individuals responsible for creating several diverse restaurant and bar concepts across Chicago. Through hard work and innovation by the principals and partners, the group either owns or manages 14 establishments since its inception. The founding of The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group was the result of the partnership between Scott Weiner and Greg Mohr, who became great friends and coworkers in 2003 when they began working together with Lettuce Entertain You. With the opening of The Fifty/50 in Wicker Park, they found themselves at the forefront of Chicago’s growing restaurant and bar movement and have yet to slow down opening Chicago fixtures such as Roots Handmade Pizza, West Town Bakery, Utopian Tailgate, and the Berkshire Room.
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Favorite Food to Prepare: Scallops
Most Humorous Kitchen Mishap: When I was a line cook I cut the tip of my finger off, and glued it back on with meat glue.
What part of the job gives the most pleasure: Making people happy, customers/employees all the same
If you couldn’t be a chef, what would you be: I actually had a health scare a few years ago. I didn’t know if I would be able to go back to cooking. I became very interested in the milk and cheese making business. So I would do either that or I did go to school for Audio Engineering, and had I not fallen in love with cooking I probably would be in that field today.
Best advice you ever got was...When a chef asks you something. You have two options. “Yes Chef” and “No Chef,” and you never say “No Chef”. Figure it out. Where do you like to vacation? Depends on the time of year, and the reasoning. I try to visit my two best friends for a few days once a year in California and Florida. My daughter is in college in Louisville, and I go visit her for her birthday every year. Then a staycation is nice sometimes.
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Dr Pepper Adds Strawberries and Cream
Dr Pepper debuted the newest flavor innovation to become part of the brand’s permanent portfolio as Dr Pepper Strawberries & Cream hits shelves nationwide. The new beverage treat is the original 23 flavors of Dr Pepper swirled with layers of refreshing strawberry flavor and a smooth, creamy finish. This latest flavor innovation from Dr Pepper will be the only strawberry and cream-flavored dark soda in the market today.
Aldi Adds Distribution Center to Support Gulf Region Growth
Aldi unveiled its completed regional headquarters and distribution center in Loxley, Alabama, which will ultimately serve as many as 100 stores across the Gulf Coast as the 26th regional headquarters and distribution center for Aldi, and its sixth to be opened in the southern United States, Loxley will support the grocer’s rapid expansion in the region. Aldi is now operating 30 stores in the Gulf Coast, having opened 20 stores in the area last year alone. It plans to add another 13 stores in 2023.
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Amtrak operates a nationwide rail network, serving more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, on more than 21,400 miles of routes. The name “Amtrak” results from the blending of the words “America” and “track.”
The railroad is officially known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. David’s Bridal, the nation’s leading bridal and special occasion authority, unveils its latest Spring 2023 collection, The New Luxury. The collection is intentionally curated to celebrate brides redefining what luxury means to them with styles for every bride and budget. Girl Scouts of the USA kicks off the 2023 Girl Scout Cookie season nationally as girls and their troops rally their communities to support the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls.
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Walmart Raising Wages, Expanding Benefits
Walmart is increasing starting hourly wages to $14 nationwide to better compete for workers as many retailers face staffing shortages. The company has also expanded benefits for its subsidized college degree initiative and truck driver training program.
– The Wall Street Journal
US Foods Names New CEO
There’s a new chief at US Foods. The foodservice distributor announced that Dave Flitman has taken on the role of CEO since January 2023. Flitman fills an open top spot that was temporarily held by interim CEO Andrew Iacobucci following the May departure of former CEO Pietro Satriano. He joins the Rosemont, lll.-based US Foods from Builders FirstSource, a $23 billion building product and services provider where he was president and CEO.
As part of his leadership at US Foods, Flitman will serve as a member of the company’s board of directors. He is currently a director at packaging distribution company Veritiv Corp., where he holds a spot on the audit and finance committee and chairs the compensation and leadership development committee.
– Food Marketing Solutions & Progressive Grocer
In-Store Restaurants Gain Favor
In-store restaurants are gaining traction with grocers, including Wahlburgers, which is in 61 Hy-Vee stores and plans to add over 20 additional locations this year. Kroger has been investing in Kitchen United Mix Food Halls, while H.E. Butt Grocery opened more own-brand instore restaurants such as South Flo Pizza and True Texas BBQ. – Supermarket News
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LIQUOR LICENSE TIPS
By Francis Ostian, Esq., Law Office of Francis Ostian
Five Little-Known Tips to Getting Your Liquor License in Illinois — While Avoiding Costly Mistakes
Imagine investing your hard-earned money on a buildout for your dream restaurant—only to later find out you can't get a liquor license.
Do you want to avoid that costly disaster? Here are five little-known tips to dramatically improve your odds of getting your liquor license.
First: Make sure you have the correct zoning designation for your address. Depending on what city your location is in, your restaurant must be located in a business or commercially zoned district. So, check with the local zoning department for the correct zoning sub-classification.
Second: Especially in Chicago, confirm that your address is not in a “Dry” area. See, there are certain areas in almost every municipality where it’s dry in the entire precinct. This means that no liquor licenses are allowed anywhere in that precinct.
Third: You'll want to check with the Alderman's office to make sure your address is not located in a moratorium district. A moratorium is a local ordinance. One that prohibits you from getting a new liquor license on a particular street.
Fourth: Your address must be located at least 100-feet from any church, school, daycare center, senior or veterans’ home, and local library branch. Although, we got an Outdoor Patio liquor license for a restaurant within 100-feet of a church! How did our firm achieve this remarkable outcome? Simply read next month’s issue.
Fifth: In some municipalities, if you want to operate a tavern versus a restaurant, your address—depending on the zoning— may have to be a certain distance away from any other tavern. As you can see, many obstacles can block you from getting a liquor license.
But, here’s the good news: For every obstacle described above—there’s usually a loophole that can get you over it.
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Restaurants’ food costs are also known as Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) and food costs are a percentage of the restaurant’s percentage of sales. The establishment’s COGS can be both actual and theoretical, based on forecasting and seasonal menu changes.
For eateries to maintain an accurate COGS forecast; recipe costing is key. This process is when a restaurant breaks down menu items with the correct cost for portion sizes and individual ingredients (cost out menu). The restaurant should have up-to-date information on vendor pricing for ingredients and supply costs which combined with standardized recipes, owners can properly forecast the COGS for a 12-month period, maintaining all menu items are consistent. A signifticant benefit with recipe costing is ensuring employees are responsible managing food and ingredients with minimal waste, spoilage, shrinkage, and improper portioning. Owners and opterators should ensure all employees are properly trained on menu portioning and enact internal controls to ensure consistency throughout.
Another best practice for restaurant operators is understanding the difference between actual inventory and recipe costs. This practice reveals the source of unexpected costs and could create opportunities for savings. The first step is identifying the theoretical food costs as a percentage of total sales. Theoretical food costs are calculated assuming all menu items are made in perfect portion sizes, including no waste, mistakes, or theft. Establishing the menu’s theoretical food cost will provide a blueprint for actual inventory and recipe costs; the theoretical food cost acts as a baseline for production and added costs will cover assumed waste, mistakes, theft, and going over in set portion size.
Once the restaurant’s food prices are understood and tracked accordingly, the next step is ensuring menu pricing is aligned with food costs in mind. For healthy margins, restaurants should aim to keep food cost percentage around 28 –32%. Percentages will differ between the type of restaurant, such as quick service or fine dining, as well as location and hours of operation (i.e.: only open for breakfast and lunch, etc.).
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Chicago Cake Decorator Wins Amazon Baking Contest
Bittersweet Pastry’s Kerrie Breuer Wins Amazon Prime’s Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge. Kerrie (pictured on the left), along with her teammate battled through eight episodes and nine teams of America’s best bakers to take home the grand prize of $50,000. Kerrie was born in Seoul and at 6 years old, was adopted into a family of 11. She was born with one hand, but that never stopped her from fulfilling her goals. After attending The French Pastry School, she has worked her way up the ranks to become the Lead Cake Decorator at Bittersweet Pastry Shop in Chicago
Subway Considers Sale
Subway is considering a sale of its business, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The privately owned brand is in the early stages of attracting corporate buyers and private equity firms, according to sources. The brand is estimated at more than $10 billion. “As a privately held company, we don’t comment on ownership structure and business plans,” Reuters said a company spokesperson told it in an emailed statement. Subway has more than 37,000 units in more than 100 countries. It’s currently owned by its two founding families.
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Cary Miller Presents: PEOPLE SELLING THE FOOD INDUSTRY
This month I am very proud to be pictured with Carmella Muhammad, a gifted chef and owner of Let’s Eat To Live Restaurant located 621 E. 67th St., in Chicago. The restaurant is adorned with artwork created by local artists which enhances the dining experience. Carmella’s goal is to serve healthy food to the community at reasonable prices, and she achieves this every day. Be sure to visit her restaurant and be sure to try their signature Turkey Burger!
Dean Depaoli is the director of Sales & Marketing for Pastorelli Food Products, one of the shining stars of Chicago’s food industry. The Pastorelli family of all natural foodservice and retail products include their famous Pizza Sauce, tomato products, oils, vinegars and pizza crusts. The company’s heritage reaches back to mid-1800’s, when Amedeo Pastorelli founded a food distribution business near Rome Italy. Continuing that tradition, the family then became partners in one of the first tomato canning operations in California, facilitated North America’s first crushing of olives to make olive oil, and became the first company to create and introduce fully prepared pizza sauce in 1952. Five generations later, the Pastorelli family fosters innovation in the heart of downtown Chicago, where they’ve been manufacturing high-quality foods for more than 70 years. You can see their ad on page 27 of this issue.
Thomas Sadowski and Tony Herman are with Smithfield, a company that studies local and global trends to help their customers to prosper. From the bacon or sausage sizzling on your stove, to your favorite ham, ribs, or lunchmeat, chances are good you already love and use some of their leading brands. All Smithfield’s brands include a few simple, high-quality ingredients in every bite – great taste, reasonable prices, and a trustworthy reputation. It’s why millions of chefs and buyers all over the world use and enjoy them every day. You can find Smithfield in our directory under “Meat Products”.
Ted Costianis is one of the important family members owning and operating Chicago based Tec Coffee & Foods, which is one of our country’s leading manufacturer and distributor of Pancake Mix , spices, bases, dressings, syrups, sauces and small batch fresh roasted coffee. Founded in 1973, the company has gained a loyal following of chefs, upscale operations and family restaurants who know that quality and value is what matters most. The company operates two distribution warehouses in Chicago and Milwaukee, and provides direct route sales and service to their accounts. Tec’s products are also sold in over 20 states, and in Canada through broad line distributors. You can see the Tec Coffee & Foods ad on page 28 of this issue.
Business partners Marylou Linares, and Christian Ortiz are Certified Public Accountants at Linares & Associates, a local accounting firm specializing in serving small businesses and individuals with their accounting and income tax needs. The firm can act as a sound advisor to assist in business decisionts as well as financial accounting and income tax preparation. The team also has experience in assisting troubled businesses and their counsel before or after bankruptcy, offering management advice to increase accounting efficiencies and review of internal control procedures. The company is based in North Riverside, Illinois.
Jeff Yosowitz and Bob Windy are partners in Star Union Spirits. Established in 2016 in Peru, Illinois and operating out of the historic Westclox factory, Star Union Spirits is inventive in that “can-do” Midwestern way, reinvigorating the art of specialty craft spirits. Star Union Spirits is excited to offer hand-crafted artisan spirits that are locally made. As consumer spending habits shift away from the white spirits to dark flavored liquids like whiskey and cognac, Star Union Spirits is providing the American answer to the French staple in the form of New American Brandy and other spirits. Be sure to consider placing some of their product behind your bar.
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Restaurants Must Now Identify Sesame
Following the enactment of the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education and Research (FASTER) Act in April 2021, the Food and Drug Administration added sesame to its list of major food allergens. Effective Jan. 1 of this year, packaged foods in the United States must label the presence of sesame “in plain language,” according to FARE, a consumer advocacy group that raises awareness and expands education on food allergies. The plant, which is turned into seeds, oils, and pastes is commonly found in bakery
items, Asian cuisine, snack foods, and marinades, to name a few. The FASTER Act changed how food allergens were defined in the previous Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and sesame now joins milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. While allergens found in restaurant foods are regulated at state level, the FDA enforces regulations that mandate companies to list ingredients on packaged foods and beverages.
Pepsi’s Starry Soda to Replace Sierra Mist
PepsiCo is shaking things up with the launch of Starry, a great-tasting soda bursting with lemon lime flavor that delivers the crisp, refreshing bite consumers have been longing for in the lemon lime flavored soda category. Starry in Regular and Zero Sugar versions is now available at U.S. retailers and foodservice outlets nationwide. Starry is caffeine-free and is available in a variety of sizes to provide a refreshing burst of lemon lime flavor for every occasion.
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Lou Malnati’s to Ship Nationally
Lou Malnati’s, the beloved Chicago pizza institution long known for its iconic deep dish recently announced that it will begin shipping its popular alternative – Chicago Thin Crust, exclusively through its Tastes of Chicago platform, giving the rest of the nation access to this other quintessentially Windy City staple. Available only in restaurants for the past 30 years, Lou’s Chicago Thin Crust features its signature buttery flaky crust, edge-to-edge toppings under melty Wisconsin cheese, and importantly, square cut pieces that have fed decades of debates between the virtues of topping-forward “Innie” pieces vs. crusty “Outie” pieces.
On February 8th 2023 the Illinois Restaurant Association held its annual meeting and installation of officers at Chicago’s Union League Club. The incoming IRA chairman is Kevin Vaughn of Vaughn Hospitality Group. The keynote speaker was Michelle Korsmo, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. The meeting was the largest ever, with over 400 members and guests in attendance.
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Chicago Beverage Director Showcased Black-Owned Wines
Chicago’s Esme has a carefully curated wine list dedicated to promoting wines made by women and people of color, as well as wineries attached to philanthropic projects. To celebrate Black History Month, beverage director Tia Barrett shared some of her top recommendations from Black-owned wineries, including Wade Cellars’ Three by Wade Chenin Blanc 2021, Michael Lavelle Iris Zinfandel 2018 and Lapin Rouille's nonvintage brut Champagne, which Barrett notes “was produced by the first Black female producer in Reims, France.”
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Pairing Wine with Tempura
Tempura pairs well with dry, high-alcohol sherries with crispy, nutty flavors such as fino, manzanilla, amontillado and dry oloroso, wine educator Hayato Kojima writes. Sparkling wines are also a good choice for pairing with tempura, since they can balance the richness of the fried coating, while unoaked, dry white wines like muscadet pair well with salty seafood tempura, Kojima writes.
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Espresso martinis have cracked the top 10 cocktails for on-premise sales in the US, according to CGA’s Cocktail Sales Tracker by Nielsen IQ. The drink, popular in the 1990s and early aughts, has risen on nostalgia and booted the Manhattan from the top 10.
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Chef Anthony Mangieri developed his particular pizza style over 27 years of trial and error, and now serves up crowd-pleasing pies at Una Pizza Napoletana in New York City. Mangieri borrows from a classic French bread baking technique, adding more water to the dough toward the end of the mixing to keep it hydrated.
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DESTINATION: COASTAL MISSISSIPPI
Travelers searching for new experiences should look no further than Coastal Mississippi: The Secret Coast. With an array of new developments and offerings in 2023, the 62-mile coastline offers visitors everything from luxury boutique hotels and upscale dining options to upgraded waterparks and ziplining experiences. Additionally, with the launch of the “One More Day of Play” campaign, visitors are encouraged to extend their trip one more day with seasonal itineraries, exclusive discounts and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the area’s top locales.
Experiences for the Entire Family:
• Opening in 2023, Paradise Pier Fun Park at Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi is a highly anticipated addition to this already popular Gulf Coast destination, featuring many fun new amenities for all ages to enjoy!
• Karting, located in Biloxi, added the city’s only zipline experience. The 40-foot high zipline offers a tandem experience that can be easily paired with an adrenalinepumping karting session by purchasing the location’s “Xperience” package.
• Big Play Entertainment Center, has taken family fun to the next level with the addition of a go-kart race track named Big Play Raceway and an Omni Virtual Reality Area. In addition to the newest offerings above, the location offers laser tag, bowling, and bumper cars.
• Visitors to Coastal Mississippi can uncover the history and wildlife of the region with a Pearl River Boat Tour, which transports guests to the edge of Lake Borgne, where the mouth of the river flows into the Mississippi Sound.
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• The Bay Town Inn, located in Bay St. Louis, has recently opened two new vacation rental options for guests, adding to their list of dog-friendly accommodations. The Residence is a two-bedroom, two-bath home with a large living space and full
kitchen featuring breathtaking views of the bay. The Villas at Ruella, located two blocks from the beach and four blocks from the heart of Old Town.
• Opening in the spring of 2023, the former Wells Fargo Bank in Biloxi, has been reimagined as The Bella, a 14-room luxury boutique hotel in the heart of downtown. The location is walkable to restaurants, casinos, shopping, and the beach, making this boutique hotel the perfect getaway spot on The Secret Coast.
The historic Gulf Hills Hotel & Resort in Ocean Springs, holds a unique place in Coastal Mississippi history. Gulf Hills will reopen with many new upgrades and restorations. The renovations include a remodeled indoor ballroom, the Pink Pony Lounge – a favorite spot where Elvis Presley played piano and the addition of an outdoor chapel for wedding parties.
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• Recently opened at Harrah’s Gulf Coast Resort & Casino in Biloxi, the Purple Zebra Daiquiri Bar and Deck offers a refreshing escape located at the heart of the resort.
• With the multi-million-dollar reveal taking place before the new year, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino now offers 147 Stay Well rooms designed to create a holistic guest experience, as well as a $55 million room remodel for each of the resort’s 1,645 guest rooms. The premier resort with stunning views, award-winning dining and dynamic gaming, Scarlet Pearl has recently finished a new renovation refreshing their Under the Oak Café.
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