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Thursday, July 21 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Sink, Swim or Get Out of the Pool

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Creative use of social media, jet-setting bartenders, and the insatiable awards-driven PR machine would lead us to believe cocktail bars everywhere are packed to the rafters 7/7. It can be disheartening to scroll through your feed looking out from behind an empty bar on a Thursday night, but the hard reality is that most bars are not smashing successes from day one. Others never achieve financial stability nor success despite hard work, press, awards, and peer recognition. This seminar will explore some ways bar owners have reacted when finding themselves running a business that isn’t living up to its expected potential, discuss learning how to review your business on a daily basis, and detect when it’s time for a change. Cost cutting and layoffs? Investing in PR? Décor or concept changes? Outright sale of the business and a change of career path? Or the worst case: shut or being shut down! All of these and more will be discussed in this refreshingly candid seminar. Join us for a discussion with Josh Fontaine of Paris’ Quixotic Projects (Candelaria, Glass, Le Mary Celeste, Hero) who will be joined by Julie Reiner of New York’s Flatiron Lounge, Clover Club and Leyenda, and Mat Snapp, Beverage Director of the 44 restaurants of Fox Restaurant Concepts. Henrik Steen Petersen, formerly of Copenhagen Spirits and Cocktails and Moltkes Bar, will round out the panel by discussing how to face your expiration date like a professional, prepare your exit, and make sure your final night will be a happy one for the sake of your business partners, your employees, your guests, and yourself. Whether you will open a new bar, move behind the stick again or seek work as a brand manager, you will be judged on your latest exit! All four will talk us through their darkest hours as they’ve struggled to keep their businesses afloat, how they found the solutions that were right for their particular situation, and how they have become better business owners as a result. Expect shockingly blunt talk and advice from people who have faced the challenge head on and survived to tell the tale. If you’ve ever looked out into the void, this seminar is for YOU. There will be a significant Q&A period; attendees are expected to bring specific questions regarding their own businesses for the panel to address.

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Josh Fontaine

Founder, Quixotic Projects
Josh Fontaine is a founder and partner in Quixotic Projects, an unlikely Paris-based hospitality company, along with Adam Tsou and Carina Soto Velasquez. Starting with Candelaria (currently #12 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list and four-time TOTC “Best International Cocktail Bar... Read More →

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Henrik Steen Petersen

Moltkes Bar & Simply Cocktails
The driving force and vision behind the renowned Moltke’s Bar and the manager of concept, logistics and education at Copenhagen Spirits and Cocktails. Although both projects achieved success they were ultimately shut down. Valuing professionalism and transparency, this was done... Read More →
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Julie Reiner

Co-Owner, Clover Club, Leyenda, and Mixtress Consulting
Julie Reiner has been elevating the cocktail scene in NYC for fifteen years. Most notably with the Flatiron Lounge (2003), the Pegu Club (2005) and Brooklyn’s Clover Club (2008). In 2009, Clover Club won the award for “Best New Cocktail Lounge in the World” at Tales of the Cocktail... Read More →
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Mat Snapp

Beverage Director, Fox Restaurant Concepts
Mat Snapp is currently the Beverage Director of Fox Restaurant Concepts in charge of creative development, standards, practices, training and implementation. In this capacity he oversees forty-four bar programs and twelve seasonally rotating cocktail and beer menus. Mat has been with... Read More →

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Tales of the Cocktail

Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail® has grown from a small gathering of cocktail lovers into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. With... Read More →

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
La Nouvelle Orleans East at the Hotel Monteleone