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Jon Taffer Brings Rescue Tour to New Orleans July 17

Jon Taffer (center) with Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith (left) and Brad Bohannan (right).

Jon Taffer (center) with Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith (left) and Brad Bohannan (right).

Anyone who studied Jon Taffer’s bar rescues knows there is a method to the madness. If numbers are any indicator of success, 77 of 128 bars (including four that were sold to other owners) Taffer rescued are still open, including Spirits on Bourbon.

See: Spirits on Bourbon is Wildly Successful (Video)

And that’s just for the Spike TV show, “Bar Rescue.” His experience goes far beyond the statistics, though. In reality, Taffer has “opened, operated, and conceived” of more than 800 bars in 30 countries. Complies sucha s Hyatt Hotels, Hilton Hotels, TGI Fridays, Subway, Wolfgang Puck Express, Anheuser-Busch, and others have utilized Taffer’s know-how.

“This is what I do,” Taffer says.

Now Taffer is taking his expertise on the road with his Rescue Tour. Starting on July 10 in San Jose and concluding in Long Island, New York on August 24, Taffer will take his tour across America with a series of four-hour keynote seminars on how to be successful in the hospitality industry, particularly in the bar business.

The seminars will cover a range of topics within Taffer’s “bar science” philosophy, enhancing bar food, developing beverage programs, and perfecting guest experiences.

Jon Taffer at Spirits on Bourbon in 2014.

Jon Taffer at Spirits on Bourbon in 2014. Picture by Brad Bohannan.

The tour is intended for anyone who either owns, operates or manages a small business within the hospitality industry. Businesses don’t just include bars, but also restaurants (quick service, casual dining, etc.) and any small business that wants to increase revenues and gain more customers. New entrepreneurs and hospitality business students are also welcome.

Specifically, Taffer will teach his “sales trifecta”, which includes growing new customer traffic, increasing guest frequency, and building guest spend (basically getting people to buy more of your stuff). Also, he’ll give some advice on hiring the right people for your business.

Taffer’s Rescue Tour will be in New Orleans on July 17 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside located 2 Poydras Street. Tickets are still available at several price and access levels. Go to www.rescue-tour.com for details. 
10:30 a.m. – VIP Ticket holder check-In begins at Registration Area
11:00 a.m. – VIP Ticket holder Meet & Greet with Jon Taffer promptly begins
11:15 a.m. – General Admission ticket holder’s check-in begins at Registration Area
12:00 p.m. – Rescue Tour Starts
1:30 p.m. – 30 Minute Break
2:00 p.m. – Rescue Tour resumes
3:30 p.m. – Rescue Tour ends

More information about the events and future tour dates can be found at rescuetour.com. Here’s a video of Taffer’s upcoming Rescue Tour:

Jon Taffer’s Rescue Tour from Bjorn Wallman on Vimeo.

And be sure to stop by 615 Bourbon St. before and after the seminar.  You might be able to catch Jon hanging out at Spirits on Bourbon. In any case, at least drop by and hang out for awhile.

Spirits on Bourbon is located at 615 Bourbon Street in New Orleans and is open 24 hours. Follow Spirits on Bourbon on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

-Written by David Minsky-

2017 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Krewe City Time

Driftwood Kenner, La. 1:00 PM

Cub Scouts Metairie, La. 10:00 AM

Krewe du Vieux New Orleans, La. 6:30 PM

Delusion New Orleans, La. 7:15 PM

Bilge Slidell, La. 12:00 PM

Poseidon Slidell, La. 1:00 PM

Mona Lisa and MoonPie Slidell, La. 7:00 PM

Orion Baton Rouge, La. 6:00 PM

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Krewe City Time

Little Rascals Metairie, La. 12:00 PM

Lions Pearl River, La. 12:30 PM

Slidellians Slidell, La. 1:00 PM

Perseus Slidell, La. 1:30 PM

Friday, February 17, 2017

Krewe City Time

Artemis Baton Rouge, La. 7:00 PM

Eve Mandeville, La. 7:00 PM

Excalibur Metairie, La. 7:00 PM

Athena Metairie, La. 7:30 PM

Cork New Orleans, La. 3:00 PM

Cleopatra New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

Oshun New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Krewe City Time

Push Mow Abita Springs, La. 11:00 AM

Adonis Algiers, La. 11:45 AM

Mystique Baton Rouge, La. 2:00 PM

Nemesis Chalmette, La. 1:00 PM

Olympia Covington, La. 6:00 PM

Caesar Metairie, La. 6:00 PM

Pontchartrain New Orleans, La. 1:00 PM

Choctaw New Orleans, La. 2:00 PM

Freret New Orleans, La. 2:30 PM

tit R@x St.Roch/Marigny, La. 5:00 PM

Chewbacchus Bywater/Marigny, La. 6:00 PM

Sparta New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

Pygmalion New Orleans, La. 6:15 PM

Krewe de Paws Slidell, La. 10:00 AM

Titans Slidell, La. 6:30 PM

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Krewe City Time

Mutts Baton Rouge, La. 1:30 PM

Hyacinthians Houma, La. 12:00 PM

Titans (H) Houma, La. 1:00 PM

Tchefuncte Madisonville, La. 2:00 PM

Femme Fatale New Orleans, La. 11:45 AM

Carrollton New Orleans, La. 12:00 PM

King Arthur New Orleans, La. 1:00 PM

Alla New Orleans, La. 2:00 PM

Barkus French Quarter, La. 2:00 PM

Dionysus Slidell, La. 1:00 PM

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Krewe City Time

Druids New Orleans, La. 6:30 PM

Nyx New Orleans, La. 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Krewe City Time

Babylon New Orleans, La. 5:30 PM

Chaos New Orleans, La. 6:15 PM

Muses New Orleans, La. 6:30 PM

Friday, February 24, 2017

Krewe City Time

Southdowns Baton Rouge, La. 7:00 PM

Aphrodite Houma, La. 6:30 PM

Orpheus (M) Mandeville, La. 7:00 PM

Centurions Metairie, La. 7:30 PM

Hermes New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

D’Etat New Orleans, La. 6:30 PM

Morpheus New Orleans, La. 7:00 PM

Selene Slidell, La. 6:30 PM

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Krewe City Time

NOMTOC Algiers, La. 10:45 AM

Spanish Town Baton Rouge, La. 12:00 PM

MCCA Bogalusa, La. 1:00 PM

Bush Bush, La. 9:00 AM

Lul Luling, La. 12:00 PM

Mardi Gras Houma, La. 6:30 PM

Isis Metairie, La. 6:30 PM

Iris New Orleans, La. 11:00 AM

Tucks New Orleans, La. 12:00 PM

Lafcadio New Orleans, La. 2:00 PM

Endymion New Orleans, La. 4:30 PM

Tohwahpahsah Reserve, La. 12:00 PM

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Krewe City Time

Des Allemands Des Allemands, La. 1:00 PM

Terreanians Houma, La. 12:30 PM

Montegut Houma, La. 2:00 PM

Du Monde LaPlace, La. 11:00 AM

Napoleon Metairie, La. 5:00 PM

Okeanos New Orleans, La. 11:00 AM

Mid-City New Orleans, La. 11:45 AM

Thoth New Orleans, La. 12:00 PM

Bacchus New Orleans, La. 5:15 PM

Monday, February 27, 2017

(Lundi Gras)

Krewe City Time

Cleopatra (H) Houma, La. 6:30 PM

Proteus New Orleans, La. 5:15 PM

Orpheus (O) New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

(Mardi Gras)

Krewe City Time

Covington Lions Covington, La. 10:00 AM

Covington Covington, La. 10:15 AM

Folsom Folsom, La. 1:30 PM

Houmas Houma, La. 11:00 AM

Kajuns Houma, La. 12:00 PM

Bonne Terre Houma, La. 4:00 PM

Chahta Lacombe, Miss. 1:00 PM

Argus Metairie, La. 10:00 AM

Elks Jefferson Metairie, La. 10:15 AM

Jefferson Trucks Metairie, La. 10:20 AM

Zulu New Orleans, La. 8:00 AM

Saint Anne New Orleans, La. 10:00 AM

Rex New Orleans, La. 10:00 AM

Elks Orleans New Orleans, La. 10:15 AM

Crescent City New Orleans, La.

The Very Bad Santa Crawl hits the French Quarter

If you were wandering the French quarter this weekend, you might’ve seen some Santa’s that looked like they should be on the naughty list! Turtle Bay and Spirits  on Bourbon has become a staple in the Very Bad Santa Crawl. The Bad Santa’s enjoyed a stop at Turtle Bay,  

 overflowing Decatur Street with a sea of red!!
The party eventually made its way to Spirits on Bourbon where they enjoyed Apple Pie shots. 

  “I thought I was prepared but the Santa’s were taking the shots as fast as I could put them out!” Steve Smith.  
Turtle Bay and Spirits on Bourbon are already looking forward to the Very Bad Santa Crawl next year! Happy holidays to all of you, both the good and the very bad!

5th Annual Alzheimer’s  Raffle Raised $3700

In an effort to give back, Spirits on Bourbon  hosted a raffle at Turtle Bay’s , Spirits sister bar on Decatur Street. This is the 5th Annual Turtle Bay Raffle organized by Mardi Johnson as part of the Walk to End Alzheimers.   
The fund raiser consisted of individual raffles every hour, on the hour. Great prizes were donated from friends and local business, as well as some national organizations.  
“Mardi does an incredible job getting donations and selling the raffle tickets. She outdoes herself each year! We feel lucky to work with her on this,” said Turtle Bays Brad Bohannan
The event continues to grow and it’s 5th year was no exception. This year the event raised $3,700 for the charity bringing a five year total to over $13,000.    
“Alzheimer’s has effected me personally and I look forward to one day ending Alzheimer’s. I will continue to do my part,” Steve Smith. 
“Thanks to everyone who helped in any way with our Alzheimers event. I’m amazed at the outpouring of love! The day flew by because of the laughter and caring from all of the Turtle Bay community. It really does take a village and we have a great one. See ya next year!” added Johnson.

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Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay giving Supplies to help Flood Victims.

With all the flooding roaring through Louisiana, Spirits on Bourbon  and Turtle Bay has joined the New Orleans  convention and visitors bureau  to help the victims of this natural Disaster.  
Spirits on Bourbon  has donated two truck loads of water and some clothing to help  

  their fellow louisianiansto get through this time of need.  
They looking for Non-Perishable Food Items. Needed food items include: canned vegetables, fruit, and meats (tuna and chicken), soups, stews, beans and chili. Peanut butter, pasta, rice, breakfast cereal, shelf-stable milk. Highly nutritious items such as protein bars, Ensure and PediaSure are also needed.  

  They are asking for Bottled Water and prefer in palettes of twenty four. Personal Toiletries and Cleaning Supplies are especially important. The loading dock at the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau  

 is accepting donations from anyone beginning at 4:00 pm Monday, August, 15th, 2016. Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay  hope to continue to help out. If you would like to make a donation drop it off and we will deliver it for you!

Fifth Annual End Alzheimer’s Event is October 9th

Spirits on Bourbon  and Turtle Bay is looking forward to the fifth annual ‘End Alzheimer’s’ event planned for October 9th from noon until five at Turtle Bay 1119 Decatur.

  “The event has grown every year and we are hoping to beat Last years total of over $3800 raised to fight Alzheimer’s,” said Brad Bohannan.  

 “I have seen Alzheimer do its work devastating lives, and would like nothing more to see the end of Alzheimer’s,” added Steve Smith. This years event will feature many raffle items with 100% of every dollar going to Alzheimer’s research. We hope you can help us to beat last years total and continue to grow this annual event!

UFC 200 Was A Huge Success At Spirits On Bourbon

Spirits on Bourbon  had a packed house for the UFC 200 pay per view event!  

  Not only does Spirits on Bourbon provide great entertainment with its dueling pianos, but with original New Orleans cuisine it is a great place to watch sporting events.  

  The visitors where excited to watch the UFC premier event UFC 200 as it featured stacked card. Spirits on Bourbon also raffled a Spirits on Bourbon Guitar raising over $400 for its annual Alzheimer event held at Turtle Bay.

 We look forward to seeing you for Sunday football games and future sporting events!

Brad was featured in the Chateau de Vie Magazine

Spirits on Bourbon  is known for its World Famous Resurrection drink, great food, Dueling Pianos and a notorious barber chair which has become a must-do for anyone visting the French Quarter! It’s also known as a great place to watch sports. With a beautiful courtyard in the rear, one can host a party, get away talk or have your own private crawfish boil! In fact, you may have seen the Spirits Courtyard many times on television without even knowing it! Spirits has been feature numerous times on television on networks such as E, Esquire, Spike, and VH1 not to mention several local and National news spots!    
Turtle Bay on Decatur Street is known for its great pizza and quaint atmosphere! In fact, PMQ magazine named Turtle Bay and Brad Bohannan as the king of New Orleans Pizza . Turtle Bay is visited nightly by the haunted history tour which highlights it’s interesting and checkered past! Touted as one of the Quarters best local hangouts, it’s probably most popular for its full late-night menu! So come on down to Turtle Bay which USA today voted best late night eats in New Orleans and grab a Beer and Pizza and see if you can have your own Turtle Bay ghost Story! 
Both locations are owned by Chateau resident, Brad Bohannan, who is a true entrepreneur! He is a self employed Restaurateur, owner of a music publishing company, real estate developer and motivational speaker!

Very Bad Santa Halfway To Christmas Pub Crawl

It was the Very Bad Santa…Halfway to Christmas Pub Crawl! Every December you will see the French Quarter filled with Very Bad Santa’s and his very naughty helpers!   

   The event has grown so much, in fact, that droves of people who couldn’t wait until December for the annual event, decided to create the Half Way to Christmas Pub Crawl! The lively group stopped at Turtle Bay  and had some great drinks shots of fireball along some great food.  
We look forward to the Very Bad Santa Pub Crawl in December and are excited to have them in June now also,” said Steve Smith. So we hope you stay on the naughty list this year and come join the Pub Crawl this December! You will have so much fun you may never be good boy or girl again! 

 

Come watch PPV UFC 200 at Spirits on Bourbon

     Spirits on Bourbon is known for its great drinks, food and Dueling Pianos. It’s also known as a great place to watch sports!   We are excited to announce we will be showing the pay-per-view, UFC 200, at Spirits on Bourbon!  So make plans to see the great fights and reserve some tables to get the best seats in the house!

 UFC 200 PPV Main Event:
205 lbs.: UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier vs. UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones

UFC 200 PPV Co-Main Event:

265 lbs.: Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt  
Other Scheduled UFC 200 Matches:
135 lbs.: Women’s Bantamweight Champion Meisha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes 

 145 lbs.: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for interim featherweight title

265 lbs.: Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne

135 lbs.: Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena

170 lbs.: Johnny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum

135 lbs.: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao

155 lbs.: Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin

185 lbs.: Derek Brunson vs. Gegard Mousasi

155 lbs.: Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez