Photo by David Minsky
Bourbon Street is a wild and crazy place. Equally as crazy is show business and that’s what has been keeping us on our toes for the entire summer here at Spirits on Bourbon. Here is a quick recap on what the summer has brought us so far.
It began in April with the return of Bar Rescue host and our friend Jon Taffer. It was just over a year since the debut of Spirits, so he came to check on us and see how we were doing. Taffer just released his new book titled Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method For Maximum Customer Reactions. Of all places, he chose to do a book signing at Spirits on April 18. There is a reason why: because Spirits has been one of his most successful “bar rescues” since the show began.
Taffer’s return did not go unnoticed, but then again it wasn’t like he was trying to be incognito. During the book signing, almost the entire 600 block of Bourbon Street was swarmed with fans and passersby who wanted to catch a glimpse of the man himself. The media took notice and the news was widely circulated. From that event alone, we made the Broward Palm Beach New Times, The Gambit, The Times-Picayune and WGNO. It was a blow-out night and Taffer was pleased to see how far we have come in one year.
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Shortly after Taffer’s return, Wrestlemania 30 came to town and we hosted a live podcast of the Chair Shot Reality Show with special guest and WWE star Matt Striker on April 24. We were honored to have both CSR and Striker choose us to host their show.
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Things got a little weird for a minute when WGSO AM radio hosts David and Mark Laville did a live broadcast of their show, The Paranormal Talk Show, from the Spirits courtyard on May 10. In a surveillance video recording an incident in the kitchen during the broadcast, some unseen force can be seen knocking a bottle of soda off the counter. Needless to say Ryan, our kitchen manager who is seen in the video, was a bit spooked.
Later that month, we had a brief visit from TLC’s Gypsy Sisters who wanted to film an episode at Turtle Bay, our sister bar on Decatur Street. They got word of our delicious crawfish boil and decided to pay us a visit. We can’t say much about what happened while they were here, but take it from us that things got a little crazy.
And speaking of crawfish, we are just about done with them. The season has been over for awhile but because we’re such ballers, we’ve had been able to extend the season–at least here at our bar–for an additional month and then some. Check out the mention we got from Vanessa Bolano’s piece she produced for WGNO.
We are also honored have a group from Entrepreneur’s Organization who were in town and decided to visit the bar in late May. The organization is composed of members across the globe who earn more than one million dollars in annual revenue. Members are not easily accepted. To become a member of such a prestigious group, one must be voted in. But we were nonetheless humbled when they came to see us. We want to thank John Macdonald, who runs a digital marketing firm thegood.com; Robb Crocker from Funnelbox Production Studios; Kevin Keljo from Security Signs; John Watt from Stout Tanks and Kettles; and Augusto Carneiro from Nossa Familia Coffee for dropping us a line.
Taffer dropped us a line incognito in mid-June. A couple of weeks later, we made number four in his “Taffer’s Top 10: Toughest Rescues” episode. “Turtle Bay was transformed into Spirits on Bourbon and is one of Bar Rescues greatest success stories with sales $1 million ahead of last year,” writes Kristen Santoro in her article for Bar and Nightclub Magazine.
Gambit listed us as one of their top 100 bars in New Orleans. “There are dueling pianos, motorboating shot girls, Cajun eats and a signature drink, Resurrection, served in a flashing, skull-shaped goblet at this rowdy hotspot of Bar Rescue fame. It bears traces of its former life as a barbershop: a light-up barber’s pole and chair.”
In late July, we received a visit from the Discovery Channel, which sent producers to film an episode of Next Round at Spirits. Check out some slow-motion footage of the show posted by Robbie Flair on Facebook.
And most recently, Taffer named us as his top achievement in his business of rescuing bars in an interview published in DList Magazine. We could not be more humbled, but the thanks goes to Jon for giving us this opportunity.
To top it all off, we were featured in Wynn Varbles’ music video for his song “Freakshow“.
The summer has been good to us in 2014 and so far there is no end in sight. Thanks to everyone who makes Spirits on Bourbon an amazing experience. Let the good times roll.
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David and Mark Laville
An Interview With WWE Wrestler Matt Striker: “If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.” – See more at: http://spiritsonbourbon.com/blog/?p=389#sthash.ZigdtfY8.dpuf
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