Monthly Archives: February 2011

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9 02, 2011

Old Navy Cans Irish T-Shirts

Source: Irish Central T-shirts at the popular clothing store Old Navy have been pulled after their logos received strong reactions from the public, especially Irish Americans. One of the graphic t-shirts read "Irish I Was Drunk" while the other showed a picture of Snoopy holding a mug of root beer. It read "Party Like You're Irish.” The ‘Irish I Was Drunk’ t-shirt  in particular enraged Irish Americans who felt it played into the old stereotype of the Irish around St. Patrick’s Day. A spokesperson for the store's parent company said, "We recognize these t-shirts went too far and we sincerely apologize to the Irish community for any offense caused. We are removing all units from the stores and online as soon as physically possible." Speaking to CBS 2 New York, members of the public gave their opinions on the graphic [...]

8 02, 2011

Great blog from the Barblogger – “Remember that YOU are not YOUR customer”

Source: http://www.thebarblogger.com I am fortunate to work with many bar owners in the course of my work and to listen to their ideas, share their enthusiasm and watch as many of them go on to succeed with very profitable businesses. Of course there are exceptions to this. There are certainly a large percentage of failures on the bar world and I recently came across two such bars, struggling to stay afloat. Each owner was very different in terms of their management style, the bars were distinctly different yet both catered to an older clientele due to their locations in more affluent neighborhood. They also shared the same problem: Both bars were owned by guys in their late 20s/early 30s, who were trying their hardest to fill their bar with 40 yr old + neighbors at each location. It quickly became [...]

8 02, 2011

Great blog from the Barblogger – "Remember that YOU are not YOUR customer"

Source: http://www.thebarblogger.com I am fortunate to work with many bar owners in the course of my work and to listen to their ideas, share their enthusiasm and watch as many of them go on to succeed with very profitable businesses. Of course there are exceptions to this. There are certainly a large percentage of failures on the bar world and I recently came across two such bars, struggling to stay afloat. Each owner was very different in terms of their management style, the bars were distinctly different yet both catered to an older clientele due to their locations in more affluent neighborhood. They also shared the same problem: Both bars were owned by guys in their late 20s/early 30s, who were trying their hardest to fill their bar with 40 yr old + neighbors at each location. It quickly became [...]

2 02, 2011

Raising the bar in Germany

Source: The Irish Times.  Article by Caroline Madden When Patrick Hunt emigrated in the early 1980s, he was following in the footsteps of 80 per cent of his classmates. But unlike his peers, it wasn’t unemployment that drove him to fresh pastures, but the need to stretch his wings and find bigger opportunities. Hunt found the bigger canvas he was seeking in Germany, where he has set up three Irish pubs that now deliver a turnover of nearly €4 million a year. But before that, he spent years building up his experience in the food and drink business on the other side of the world. After leaving school early, he went straight into an apprenticeship with the ESB. The merits of having a pensionable job were constantly drummed into him, but he “needed to get out” and experience the world. [...]