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The Easy to Make and Hard to Forget Arrigo Park

The original cocktail of Logan Square

April 30, 2018

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This drink is not mine. A good friend and one of the owners of the Whistler, Billy Helmkamp, came up with this smooth sipping winner about ten years ago. I mentioned him last week on the blog when I was talking about bars that keep their sidewalks clean. Billy has been at it for a long time in the Windy City. If you get . . .

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Why Do Bars With Dirty Sidewalks Have Sticky Bar Tops?

Good service starts at the curb

April 24, 2018

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The way the sidewalk in front of your establishment looks says a ton about how you do business inside.

It isn't easy to keep the sidewalk clean. The sidewalks here in Chicago are a doozy. On these gritty paths I have seen mattresses, diapers, red panties, chicken bones, and enough broken glass to encapsulate a high . . .

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How To Boost Your Sales With Bartender Small Talk

Using the bartender to push off-premise sales

April 16, 2018

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I often get asked by new clients: "Luke, how do I get people to try/buy/like my product?"

The beverage world is a jungle. There are so many products new and old that are competing for space in the consumer's glass. My biggest tip for this question stems from how people order drinks these days.

How . . .

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