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Creating a business plan
Summarize your concept in a few tight sentences that you can eventually use as the starting point of your pitch to investors.
What are you going to name your bar? This is the beginning of your dream becoming a household name. It’s more important than you may think. Be creative, steering clear of the generic, let it espouse your vibe and make it catchy and memorable.
Determine how much initial capital do you need: However much initial capital you think you will need — you need about 20 to 40 percent more than that … SERIOUSLY, 20 to 40 percent more — when in doubt, round up.
Be sure to include the amount of initial capital that you have in personal funds and how much money you will need to raise from outside sources.
Solidify your first hires: Everything from whether or not you’ll have a manager or you’ll be managing the bar yourself, to your bouncer and security needs, to how many bartenders you plan to hire should be laid out in your initial business plan so that when you begin your search for your opening staff, you know who you’re looking to hire. Here are a few staff members that current bar owners say are absolutely essentially (and they may surprise you):
- A really good bookkeeper: Your finances are going to overwhelm you. When I asked the owner of Summers, Chris Taha, for something he’d do differently he quickly responded, “Have a good bookkeeper from day one.”
- “An accountant with a backbone who will make you do what you need to do — like pay your taxes.”– Scott Perez, Walkers
- A liquor lawyer to negotiate the liquor license.
- A lawyer who will first help you negotiate the terms of your lease and who will then serve to handle your legal needs (you are opening a bar).
- A plumber you can count on, consistently, all the time (again, you are opening a bar).
- If you’re choosing to hire a manager, they will be your eyes and ears, choose wisely.To continue reading the article, click the link below
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Looking for something to do this St.Patty's Day weekend? Irish bands. Corned beef and cabbage. Parades. Irish dancers. Bagpipes. And gallons and gallons of green beer. That’s how Southwest Florida celebrates St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Here are our picks for fun events happening Friday through Sunday, March 15-17. This isn’t a complete list, though. Many other local bars and venues are planning green beer, live bands and other St. Patrick’s Day events. Check the websites and Facebook pages for your favorite local haunts.
- St. Paddy’s Day at Nevermind: The Cape bar and restaurant kicks off a three-day celebration with Irish food, 12 Irish and rock bands and host Shamrock Shannon from Friday through Sunday. Admission is $5 Friday after 8 p.m., $5 Saturday during daytime, $10 Saturday night and $5 all day Sunday. Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery, 927 Cape Coral Parkway E., downtown Cape Coral. facebook.com/nevermindbarandgrill
- Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration: Small kids can celebrate the holiday early at Four Freedoms Park with holiday-themed crafts, games, snacks, a scavenger hunt and a leprechaun goodie-bag station. For ages 1-7. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. $12. Four Freedoms Park, 4818 Tarpon Court, Cape Coral. Call 574-0804 to register.
- Shenanigan’s Wake: The local “Celt-rock” band brings its St. Patrick’s Day weekend tour to Cape Coral, including a countdown to St. Paddy’s at 10 seconds til midnight. Shenanigan’s Wake plays a rowdy version of traditional Celtic songs. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Free. Rack’em Spirits & Times, 1011 S.E. 47th Terrace, downtown Cape Coral. facebook.com/RackemspiritsandTimes
- St. Patrick’s Day Trolley: This fifth annual pub crawl lets you ride trolleys throughout downtown Cape Coral and stop at 12 different places for holiday-themed custom drinks. 3-9 p.m. Sunday. $17 plus $2.50 for each drink. Check-in happens at Big John Plaza and in front of Dixie Roadhouse, downtown Cape Coral. facebook.com/SouthCapeHospitalityAndEntertainmentAssociations
- St. Patrick’s Day in the Bavarian Beer Garden: Drink German and Irish beers and eat German and Irish food at this event that also includes live music. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $3 admission (Free for ages 12 and younger). German American Social Club, 2101 S.W. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. 283-1400 or gasc-capecoral.com
- PaddyWagon Irish Pub: This party includes drink specials, games, giveaways, The Doghouse food truck and live music from Will Kaiser (noon to 3 p.m.), Deven Starr (4-7 p.m.) and Shaun Miller (8-11 p.m.). Noon to 2 a.m. Sunday. Free. PaddyWagon Irish Pub, 1431 S.E. 16th Place, Cape Coral. 800-4867 or facebook.com/paddywagoncc
- St. Patrick’s Day Block Party: The annual block party includes live bands, deejays, games with prizes, food and drink specials, and lots of cold beer. Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Free. Downtown Fort Myers. fortmyersriverdistrictalliance.com
- City Tavern St. Patty’s Day Bash & Street Party: Chef Brian Duffy will cook up corned beef & cabbage cheese steaks for this 20th annual event. Plus drink specials and live bands Faded Roots, Red Hannah, The Freecoasters and Guilty. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday. Free. City Tavern, 2206 Bay St., downtown Fort Myers. 226-1133 or mycitytavern.com
- Clancey’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: The party includes green beer, live bands, bagpipers, Irish dancers, face painting and a St. Patrick’s Day menu with shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and other Irish dishes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Clancey’s Restaurant, 11481 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 482-3241 or clanceysrestaurant.com
- Shamrock and Roll Party: This Irish-themed bash features prizes, green beer, giveaways and local rock band Red Hannah. Starts at 10 p.m. Sunday. Free. Buddha Rock Club, 12701 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 482-8565 or buddharockclub.com
North Fort Myers
- Johnny & Patti Revue St. Paddy’s Day Party: Singing couple Johnny and Patti Russo sing pop, rock, country and dance hits from the 50s to today at this holiday dinner party. The restaurant will be serving up corned beef and cabbage, fried fish and more. 6-10 p.m. Friday. Free. Victory Lane Café, 4120 Hancock Bridge Parkway, Cape Coral. 995-0340
- St. Patrick’s Day Bash: This free event includes live Irish music by Chuck Peterson, Irish food, green beer, Irish music and dancers, bagpipers, an Irish adult costume contest and more. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Shell Factory & Nature Park, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers. 995-2141 or shellfactory.com
South Fort Myers
- Second annual St. Patrick’s Day Mall Crawl: Bell Tower Shops and iHeartMedia join forces for two hours of revelry, food, drink and music. Radio personalities from four Southwest Florida radio stations will play music and meet with fans at World of Beer, Bistro 41, Cru and Society. DJ Ramo G from The Beat will be spinning music in Center Court. Participating restaurants will offer Irish-themed food and drink specials, raffles and giveaways. 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Free. Bell Tower Shops at U.S. 41 and Daniels Parkway, south Fort Myers. 489-1221 or thebelltowershops.com
Fort Myers Beach
- Fort Myers Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The annual parade travels along Estero Boulevard from Santini Marina Plaza North to the Church of the Ascension. The boulevard will be closed for about one hour, starting at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. The parade starts at 10 a.m. Free. NOTE: The parade was originally scheduled for March 17. Takes place on Estero Boulevard in Fort Myers Beach. 591-8803 or facebook.com/events/1960518927350428
- St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance: Celebrate the holiday with dancing, raffle prizes, a traditional Irish menu and live music from the 17-piece dance band Memory Makers. Purchase a shamrock and write a message to be delivered to a veteran. The event is a fundraiser for the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library and Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. 5-10 p.m. Saturday. $35 (or $65 for two). Cash bar. Fort Myers Beach Shrine Club, 19171 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. 652-1613, 541-8704 or facebook.com/goodwillswfl
- For full list of events please click the link
Instacart has expanded its alcohol delivery to now be available in 14 states and Washington, DC from nearly 100 different retailers.
With the roll-out, Instacart alcohol delivery is currently available to 40 million homes in the U.S., and the number of alcohol deliveries on the platform has more than doubled since the same time last year.
Partners who participate in alcohol delivery on Instacart include Albertsons, Kroger, Publix, Schnucks and Stater Bros., alongside wine and liquor stores such as BevMo!, Binny’s Beverage Depot and Total Wine & More.
The list of states where Instacart offers alcohol delivery include California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Washington, DC.
Instacart started rolling out alcohol delivery a year ago, and has quickly become a competitive player in the space. Postmates introduced alcohol delivery in 2017, whereas strictly alcohol delivery services like Drizly, Minibar and Saucey have been around for a while.
Here is what Instacart’s chief business officer, Nilam Ganenthiran, had to say:
Part of grocery shopping for many people goes beyond getting fresh produce, meats and pantry staples, and includes picking up the perfect bottle of wine for a dinner party or their favorite beer to sip while watching the big game. By working alongside our retail partners to add alcohol to the marketplace, we’re offering customers more choice and making it easier for Instacart to be their ‘one-stop-shop’ to get the groceries they need – including beer, wine and spirits – from the retailers they love.
When Amazon bought Whole Foods in 2017, some speculated that Instacart might be hit hard. But the deal also represented the digitization of a massive, traditional industry. Considering Instacart’s retail partner growth over the past year, it seems that the Whole Foods acquisition might have made Instacart an attractive platform for some retailers.
The company now serves more than 80 percent of U.S. households, which was Instacart’s stated goal for the end of 2018. Across its 300 retail partners, Instacart now delivers from 20,000 grocery stores across 5,500 cities in North America.