But it's not like he just started out with multiple bars at the beginning of his career (in fact, he was trained in the culinary world). He started with one bar and grew his empire from there.
In the multiple openings he's done since then, he's developed a tactical playbook for when and how to open a new place. Here are the takeaways:
Check out all the interview clips to hear more from Ben about opening new locations, including the importance of rent ratios and specific examples of how he opened his last bar, Temkin's:Watch interview
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Put simply, TV Menus can save you/your team time and make it easy for customers to order.
Of course, they aren't right for everyone—if you've got a quaint, cozy Belgian beer bar you don't want to jam a TV Menu above the bar.
But if you already have a few TVs, it might be worth trying, just to see if they resonate with your customers. In the right situation TV Menus can lead to a meaningful increase in beer sales.
You could do this manually. How you'd implement it depends on what works for your team, but it could look like this:
It certainly takes some time and training, but doing it manually like this could be worth it if that's your only option.
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