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  • mug-club-night

    How to Start a Mug Club in 5 Steps (+5 Examples)

    Opening a bar is hard work, and keeping a bar open in the extremely competitive food and drink industry can…

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  • breweries-with-dogs

    20 Dog-Friendly Breweries in Chicago (2020)

    To many, the dog is a part of the family. As an essential member of your tribe, it can be…

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  • beer-lines

    Guide to Beer Line Cleaning: Tips, Equipment, FAQs

    Even the best beer can be ruined if it is run through a moldy, clogged, or flavor-stained beer line. Draft…

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  • social-media-restaurants

    How to Create a Killer Restaurant Training Manual

    Employee training is one of the best investments you can make when opening a new restaurant.  Restaurant staff training is…

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  • how-to-do-contract-brewing

    What is Contract Brewing? (+Pros and Cons for Craft Brewers)

    If you’re just starting out in the craft brewing industry, it may be surprising to learn that many successful breweries…

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  • legal-requirements-of-opening-a-new-brewery

    Brewery Licensing: 7 Important Laws and Regulations

    When you’re ready to make the jump from hobbyist to professional, opening a craft brewery can be a dream come…

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  • email-marketing-breweries

    Email Marketing for Restaurants & Bars: An Ultimate Guide

    When you think about the types of businesses that benefit the most from email marketing, do restaurants and bars come…

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  • brewery-websites

    15 Inspiring Brewery Website Designs in 2020

    If you’re looking to open a business of any kind in today’s market, one of the most important marketing factors…

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  • tip-jar-example

    21 Creative Tip Jar Ideas to Earn More Money

    Sometimes an empty can just won’t cut it. For employees that rely on tips, it can pay to get creative…

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  • food-truck-stats

    25 Powerful Food Truck Industry Statistics in 2020

    Starting in hip cities across America, food trucks have grown into a staple in cities and towns across America. Food…

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  • restaurant-interior-design-tips

    11 Restaurant Interior Design & Decor Tips (+5 Examples)

    Implementing effective interior design in your restaurant is a fantastic way to build out your vision and achieve success. If…

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  • social-media-at-restaurants

    Social Media Marketing Guide for Restaurants and Bars

    Digital media, mainly Instagram, paved the way for food vloggers and bloggers, bringing food enthusiasts and their discoveries to people…

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  • opening-a-hotel

    How to Start a Hotel Business (+Cost and Business Plan)

    An entrepreneur is always on the lookout for their next opportunity. Business opportunities can come at any time, and when…

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  • restaurant-staff-service

    21 Great Customer Service Tips for Restaurants and Bars

    Running a successful restaurant, brewery, or bar requires excelling in a number of areas in addition to providing quality food.…

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  • leaving-restaurant-reviews

    12 Best Restaurant Review Sites: +5 Review Management Tips

    In today’s digital world, it’s easier than ever for consumers to look up restaurants and bars to try online. In…

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  • hotel-website-design-examples

    11 Examples of Stunning Hotel Website Designs in 2020

    Your website is the first impression that a guest has of your hotel and should be a reflection of how…

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  • menu-design-for-restaurants

    21 Menu Design Tips for Restaurants (+5 Menu Design Tools)

    One of the important parts of owning and running a successful food establishment is, of course, the food. However, knowing…

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  • restaurant-marketing-strategies

    23 Best Restaurant Marketing Ideas for 2020

    Trying to find new ways to drive traffic and increase sales? Restaurant marketing will help you start the new year…

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  • food-handling-license

    How to Get a Food Service License in 2020 (+Cost)

    Serving food requires much more than making tasty dishes and thirst-quenching drinks.  Whether you’re opening a new restaurant, food truck,…

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  • restaurant-lighting

    Best Lighting for Restaurants & Bars: Ultimate Guide

    Designing a restaurant, bar or brewery requires an ample amount of research and planning. It’s important to decide the desired…

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  • luxury-hotel-amenities

    31 Hotel Amenities to Wow Guests and Increase Bookings

    The hotel business has undergone some pretty substantial changes over the past couple of decades. In the 1980s, the industry…

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  • hotel-advertising

    11 Hotel Marketing Strategies to Book More Guests

    Today, hotels not only have to compete with other hotels, but also with new players like Airbnb, Vrbo, and Homeaway,…

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  • business-traveler

    What is Bleisure Travel? +5 Tips for Hotels to Capitalize

    Whether it’s a client meeting or a conference, there’s plenty of opportunities for employees to travel for business. Many of…

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  • grand-opening-celebration

    21 Unique Grand Opening Ideas to Create Buzz

    Opening a business can be one of the most exciting, yet nerve-wracking, experiences of your life.  In addition to the…

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  • improve-hotel-star-rating

    Hotel Star Ratings Explained: (+How to Improve Your Rating)

    Choosing a hotel for any trip is a key part of the planning process. Whether a traveler is booking their…

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  • restaurant-design-examples

    30 Best Restaurant Website Design Examples to Inspire You

    A company’s brand is the image it presents to the world, which means that it’s one of the most important…

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  • restaurant-staff-scheduling

    10 Best Restaurant Scheduling Software Apps in 2020

    If you’re still using spreadsheets and handwritten notes to create your restaurant’s employee schedule, you may be wasting a lot…

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  • best-ipad-pos-for-small-business

    11 Best iPad POS Systems in 2020

    Point-of-sale systems have quickly become essential in helping businesses of all sizes run smoothly while offering excellent customer service.  There…

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  • restaurant-start-up-cost

    How Much Does It Cost to Open a Restaurant in 2020

    Opening a new restaurant can be very exciting, and often times it’s the culmination of a lifelong dream. For those…

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  • restaurant-waitlist

    7 Best Waitlist Apps to Improve Your Restaurant’s Wait Time

    When business is booming, your restaurant will have more customers than you’ll have tables available. While this is great for…

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  • small-business-pos

    10 Best Free POS Systems for Small Business in 2020

    Today, setting up a hospitality business is easier than ever before. All you need is a smartphone, tablet or laptop,…

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  • hosting-a-trivia-night

    How to Host A Trivia Night At Your Bar

    There’s something satisfying about proving that you know more than the table sitting next to you.  Trivia nights have been…

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  • how-to-manage-a-restaurant

    21 Restaurant Management Tips for New Owners and Managers

    Restaurants can be especially challenging to run, as small businesses go.  But if running a successful restaurant is your dream,…

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  • owning-a-brewery

    How to Start Your Dream Winery in 8 Steps

    Wineries are some of the most romanticized backdrops in history.  Who wouldn’t enjoy drinking a glass of delicious wine while…

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  • central-kitchen

    What is a Central Kitchen? (+How to Operate One)

    Trends within the restaurant industry are always changing and evolving to keep up with the ever-growing and diversifying consumer-base restaurants…

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  • bar-promotion-ideas

    30+ Bar Promotion Ideas to Stay Busy During the Week

    If a customer doesn’t know about a bar, they can’t drink at the bar. Bar owners need to continually think…

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  • bar-events

    20 Exciting Events to Pack Your Bar in 2020

    Keeping a business going means always thinking of ways to get customers in the door. With many other options for…

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  • food-delivery

    11 Best Online Ordering Systems for Restaurants in 2019

    Do you run a restaurant or plan on opening a new restaurant in 2020? In either case, online food ordering…

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  • best-pos-system-for-bar

    13 Best Bar POS Systems in 2020

    The main function of a bar may seem simple and straightforward, but operating one requires a huge range of knowledge…

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  • restaurant-bookkeeping

    8 Best Restaurant Accounting Software in 2019

    Starting a restaurant is a dream for many, but few are able to make that dream a reality.  Those who…

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  • bar-stats-and-trends

    25 Impressive Bar and Night Club Industry Statistics in 2020

    Bars and night clubs have become a staple of American culture. They’re as prevalent as gas stations and coffee shops.…

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  • brewing-your-own-beer

    How to Make Beer in 13 Simple Steps (+Homebrewing Ingredients and Equipment)

    Craft beer enthusiasts visit multiple breweries a year to taste and sample brews of all types. When these devotees are…

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  • restaurant-floor-layout

    Examples of Restaurant Floor Plan Layouts (+5 Design Tips)

    There are many components that go into making any restaurant a success, but one of the most important factors is…

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  • how-to-price-alcohol

    Liquor Pricing: How to Price Drinks at Your Bar

    While a bar can make profits from food, a large portion of their overall earnings will come from alcohol sales.…

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  • distillery-barrels

    How to Start a Distillery in 2020 (+Free Business Plan Template)

    Starting a distillery today is a lot different than it was back in the 1800’s when some of the world’s…

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  • restaurant-interview-staff

    21 Must Ask Restaurant Interview Questions in 2020

    While restaurant operations change and advance over time, it’s safe to say that restaurants will always need employees to run…

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  • restaurant-purpose

    How to Write an Inspiring Restaurant Mission Statement (+10 Examples)

    Any crash course in business will teach you that a mission statement is a crucial tool for business owners. This…

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  • women-playing-connect-four-in-a-bar

    20 Bar Games to Keep Your Customers Entertained (and Drinking)

    Thinking about adding an element of fun to your bar? Investing in bar games for your establishment can be a…

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  • food-truck-cost

    How Much Does a Food Truck Cost? (+Free Template)

    A successful business owner is always looking for new opportunities. Whether it’s an opportunity to grow their business by building…

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  • restaurant-bookkeeping

    9 Basics of Restaurant Accounting for New Owners

    Great service or food is only the start of opening a new restaurant. The administrative duties of a restaurant can…

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  • restaurant-opening

    How to Open a Restaurant in 2020: Step-by-Step Guide

    Opening a restaurant in 2020 will, without a doubt, be one of the most thrilling and scariest experiences you’ll ever…

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  • restaurant-point-of-sale

    7 Best Restaurant POS Systems for 2020

    A point of sale system is a combination of POS hardware and software through which a business can conduct and…

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  • small-business-pos

    What Is a POS System? (+Important POS Features and Benefits)

    When opening a business, everyone has different goals and objectives with what they hope to accomplish through that business.  One…

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  • automatic beer labeling machine

    Best Beer Bottle Labeling Machines in 2019 (Automatic and Manual)

    If homebrewing is becoming more than a hobby for you, or if you’re already running a a new craft brewery…

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  • starting-restaurant-program

    How to Create a Restaurant Loyalty Program (10+ Examples and Tools)

    As a restaurant owner, you know how important it is to keep customers walking through your doors. What you might…

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  • best-growlers-for-breweries

    11 Best Growlers for Craft Breweries in 2019

    There’s no better way to bring beer from the taproom to home than a growler. Growlers are an essential piece…

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  • brewery-pos

    7 Best Brewery POS Systems in 2019

    When you decide to start a brewery, there will be hundreds of problems to work through. One of those will…

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  • brewery-business-plan

    How to Make a Brewery Business Plan (+Free Template)

    Whether you’ve a seasoned entrepreneur or it’s your first step into the business world, the key to success for any…

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  • what-does-gruit-look-like

    Beer Without Hops: History of Gruit Ales

    As all brewmasters know, hops are a primary ingredient in beer. But did you know that this wasn’t always the…

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  • types-of-breweries

    Types of Breweries: Craft Brewery vs Brewpub vs Nanobrewery

    Opening a brewery can be the next step in turning your hobby into a side business. What starts as a…

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  • pop-up-restaurant

    How to Start a Pop-Up Restaurant (+Tips, Cost, Examples)

    Before pop-up restaurants, the food truck craze was all the rage.  When aspiring chefs and restaurant owners saw that people…

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  • commercial-kitchen

    What are Commercial and Commissary Kitchens? (+How to Rent One)

    If you’re a current or soon to be food truck or pop-up restaurant owner, you understand how difficult it can…

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  • online-food-delivery

    21 Tasty Online Ordering and Food Delivery Statistics in 2019

    The online ordering and food delivery market has exploded in recent years.  From UberEats, Amazon, Deliveroo, GrubHub, Postmates, and more…

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  • selling-alcohol

    How to Get a Liquor License in All 50 States (+Cost)

    If you’re planning to open a brewery, opening a new restaurant, or any bar-related business that will be selling or…

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  • brite-tank

    9 Best Conical Fermenters for Serious Homebrewers (2019)

    So, you’re a homebrewer. You’ve mastered the beer-making process and now you’re looking to upgrade your setup.  Every step of…

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  • what-is-refractometer

    How to Use a Refractometer for Homebrewing

    During the process of homebrewing, you’ll want to check the specific gravity of your beer.  Gravity is a term that…

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  • what-is-a-hydrometer

    How to Use a Hyrdometer in 5 Easy Steps

    When homebrewers are looking to take their brewing to the next level, it’s essential to learn about the chemistry of…

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  • navigator-brewery

    20+ Impressive Craft Beer Sales and Brewery Statistics in 2019

    In 2008, there were just over 1,500 breweries in the United States. As of late 2018, there were 7,450+ breweries…

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  • brewery-brand

    50 Best Beer and Brewery Logos (+How to Make Your Own)

     Your beer may be the best brew to ever touch the Earth. However, without an amazing logo to match your…

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  • brewery-equipment

    The Ultimate Brewery Equipment Checklist for New Brewpubs

    Brewing a good batch of beer takes a lot of work – especially when being done for the masses.  Whether…

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  • starting-a-brewery

    How To Start A Brewery in 2019: An Ultimate Guide

    The humble brewery has evolved into a very successful commercial industry, and craft breweries only continue to rise in popularity…

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