Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to own a bar? What about a bar in the famous French Quarter, New Orleans? Better yet, a Bourbon St bar that was featured on SpikeTVs hit series Bar Rescue? We know you have. Here is your chance to get a behind the scenes look at the daily operations of Spirits on Bourbon and its sister bar, Turtle Bay on Decatur St. Maybe you are thinking of buying a bar and want to see what it’s like. Maybe you already own, operate, or work at a bar/grill and need some tips, advice, or feedback. You’ve come to the right place. We want this to be interactive.
We will do this for a little while as a trial run. We are open to all questions, suggestions, and input you may have. Who knows? Maybe this blog will turn into a leading industry resource or maybe we will write it two more times and give up. At least, maybe we can make it a somewhat entertaining look behind the scenes of a Bourbon St bar.
I’ll get you up to speed real quick on the last week or so and we’ll start from there. Woodard Events put on a convention for Intuit Quickbooks professionals. Jon Taffer was one of the keynote speakers, along with “Catch me if you can” Frank Abignale. The convention had a corporate happy hour and rented out the bar on Monday Night. On Tuesday, Taffer spoke solo and Brad and I followed on stage with a panel discussion about small business and our experience on Bar Rescue. There were a couple thousand people in attendance. I never thought I’d be speaking in front of a couple thousand accountants so it was a real thrill. Brad is always reaching for the stars so this may have been his plan for us all along, not really sure.
After our panel discussion we got to take pics and talk to some of the folks at the convention. It was a lot of fun. Meanwhile, Tuesday Night we had another party in the Spirits courtyard. This time it was for Edtrainingcenter, a teacher training website. The parties Monday and Tuesday went off without a hitch and we had a ton of great feedback from both.
With all the special events in New Orleans: Super Bowls, New Years, Sugar Bowls, Mardi Gras, etc, I hadn’t been as nervous about a party as I was on Monday Night in a long time. I knew I’d be speaking in from of all the attendees the next day and with Jon Taffer there as well. Talk about pressure. Those few days went over great and I was real proud of our staff. I think they did a great job at the events. Trust me, if we continue this blog you won’t hear praise about the staff all the time but for these events they did great! Then, over the weekend, we had the Very Bad Santa Half Way to Christmas Pub Crawl.
This weekend coming up is of course the 4th of July. There will be fireworks on the river Saturday. Also, beginning Thursday Night and going through Sunday Night is the Essence Festival. Headlining this year’s Essence Fest is comedian Kevin Hart and singer, Usher. So we have to get geared up for the events this weekend.
We are in the process of really tightening up our inventory and ordering processes. Today we completely cleaned out our liquor room at Turtle Bay. Labeling every shelf and counting the bottles. Organization is just the first step to inventory control but it is very important. Everything must have a place to go.
We are trying to get everything as organized as possible since I’m going on vacation next week!!! Cruise with the family. But it usually does mean a few more things for me to do in order to get out of here for a while. It’s a lot easier with Brad staying in town. When we leave for an event together that is when it is most difficult.
Some employee issues for the weekend:
1. FIND OUT WHO IS STEALING TSHIRTS! One of our employees is stealing tshirts and leaving dirty ones laying around the bar. We have it narrowed down but like to catch them red handed.
2. See what is the deal with one of our cooks! Our cook left the other night after closing with everything laying out. Kitchen wasn’t clean, things weren’t put away, etc. just ran out the door at closing time. Have to check and see if he was drunk or on drugs. He acted like he had no idea he did it when we say him the next morning but looked like he had been on an all night bender.
Ok. There you have it. This will be a little different than our regular events blog. We are open to any and all feedback you may have about this and we are here to answer any questions you may have.