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|So he brought in a pro — Chris Lenahan, a Vegas-based night club, bar and restaurant consultant who has opened more than a dozen venues around the country. He’s part of the operation behind openingabar.com. Lenahan posted a half-dozen videos on Rule G’s Facebook page detailing the process.|
|Revenue streams are key components to any business. Many times, these are overlooked; or in some cases, many viable revenue generation sources are completely ignored. Revenue steams may require additional staffing or retraining of existing staff to capture and increase revenues. In most cases, simple training of existing staff can be the answer alone; but thinking outside the box to maximize these revenue sources is a task for the operator to implement.|
|Nightclub and Bar Owner Chris Lenahan (L) speaks with an attendee during the 28th annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on March 20th, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.|
|Chris Lenahan, owner of Dirty Nightlife, Candy Ultralounge Restaurant, Barrel Room Show bar, Mr. Jolly’s Coffee Bar and Edge Transactions, stands for a portrait. “I always stand here,” he says while patrolling the street between two of his bars. A radio inserted into his ear allows him to be cued into what’s happening in the bars he owns.|
|Just past midnight, six police cruisers and a half-dozen pedal cabs are pooled at Northwest Third and Couch, and at least 15 bouncers and security guards keep thick-necked watch at the bar-room doors.|
|Thom Greco, owner of Greco Holdings, Inc., moderated a panel featuring Chris Lenahan, President of Excellentbars.com, Sam Sameni, President of Sameni Entertainment Group and Howard Weiss, Director of Nightlife Strategy and Development, Eastern Division, Caesars Entertainment, for the 2013 NCB “Ask the Experts” session. Chris Lenahan is an owner, operator, designer, consultant, the author of The Little Black Bar Book and worked with Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas to design their property.
|Making sure that your bar or nightclub has longevity requires knowing and understanding the brand you’re trying to sell. Frequent guests reward consistency, individuality and authenticity. But to be a well-known brand in the over saturated hospitality industry requires a strategy that will make your establishment a go-to hotspot. Chris Lenahan, author of “The Little Black Bar Book” and an industry expert, explains that a proper and well-implemented branding plan will separate your bar from the competition.
|For over 15 years, Chris Lenahan has been providing that “Wow factor” at dozens of nightclubs across the country. Lenahan helped design and direct the openings of several Sin City venues, including Club Utopia, Studio 54, the House of Blues, C2K, Light and Coyote Ugly to name a few.|
|As the US economy limps back to health the nightlife and bar scene is still trying to recover from the hits it has taken over the past few years. One of the biggest blows to revenues when the economy began to slip was consumers stepping down from premium and call spirits to well.|
|The phrase “size matters” is a true statement in the hospitality business. Venues can be both blessed and cursed with the issue of size. Some wish their venue was larger while others want something more intimate. For me personally, I am comfortable with a venue between 7,000 and 8,000 square feet. How did I come to find out what size space works for my patrons? A principle I describe as “spatial dysphoria” – a state of feeling unwell or unhappy in a space.|
|After becoming the first EXPO speaker to generate a “group hug” amongst convention attendees, Chris Lenahan of ExcellentBars.com and the author of “The Little Black Bar Book: A comprehensive guide to starting, owning and operating your own bar or nightclub” returns to EXPO to tackle overlooked revenue streams.|
|After becoming the first EXPO speaker to generate a “group hug” amongst convention attendees, Chris Lenahan of ExcellentBars.com and the author of “The Little Black Bar Book: A comprehensive guide to starting, owning and operating your own bar or nightclub” returns to EXPO to provide another one-hour seminar. Here, Lenahan provides a glimpse into his “Overlooked Revenue Streams” seminar, including specific areas that he will address.|