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New Technology in Serving

The Taylor - Tower Photos
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Across the nation, more restaurant operators are beginning to utilize automated technology to provide alcoholic beverages to customers. Fast-casual businesses are especially interested in the option as it blends with their low-margin mentality. Likewise, the dispensers are less wasteful than traditional systems since customers serving themselves are more careful.

LaBarba Permit Service was the first to permit self-serve technology with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) for StreetLights Residential for their luxury multi-family building, The Taylor (pictured above). The seventeen-story building, since sold to Greystar, is located at 3100 Carlisle and has 308 units. LaBarba’s sister company, Masterplan Consultants, worked diligently with Streetlights on zoning, permitting and building code issues, helping the developer to open on time in early August 2014. LaBarba obtained a Private Club license from the TABC, allowing the apartment building to use the self-serve technology. Residents are able to use their security fob to self-serve either wine or beer on location.

Another LaBarba client, Dog Haus, also operates self-serve options at some of their national locations and may now opt to do so in Texas. LaBarba Permit Services is currently working on a permit for a new Dog Haus location at Grandscape in The Colony. The location is adjacent to the Nebraska Furniture Mart as well as the future site of Rock N’ Brews. LaBarba is currently obtaining beer and wine as well as mixed beverage permits for the Gene Simmons, rock n’ roll themed restaurant.

Texas Sees Continued Growth

Looking around at a Dallas skyline dominated by construction cranes, it seems obvious that the metroplex is experiencing a building boom. This was recently confirmed by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, which ranked Dallas-Fort Worth as one of the top ten fastest growing economies in 2014. While the entire nation grew substantially, with an average gross increase of 2.3 percent, a number of Texas cities experienced even bigger improvements. Dallas-Fort Worth saw over 8 percent growth, with Corpus Christi, Victoria, San Angelo, and Midland also making the list with growth percentages ranging from 6.5 to 24 percent, respectively. Natural resources such as oil, gas, and mining were major driving forces behind those numbers, but the growth of the service sector was also notable. The construction, manufacturing, and transportation industries were alsore integral to this economic vitality, driving much of the development within cities. In light of the growth occurring in every corner of Texas, it is clear that the service industries will not be slowing down anytime soon.

SOURCE: “Texas cities prominent on fastest-growing list” by Sheryl Jean, The Dallas Morning News (09/24/15)

Rockstar To Restauranteur

When choosing to dine out, people usually look for a good meal, decent service, and an enjoyable time with the family. But according to Gene Simmons, the co-founder of the rock band KISS, it’s much more than that. Speaking to the Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators Conference in downtown Dallas, Simmons pointed out that “people don’t have to go out to eat.” He explained that they’re coming for an experience…[so] it’s got to be a spectacular experience.” In trying to relate to Dallas restaurateurs and entrepreneurs, the KISS frontman claimed that they are all in the same line of work – entertainment. His new venture, Rock & Brews, aims to provide its customers with delicious food as well as a fun, family-friendly atmosphere filled with music. The menu is a mix of standard brewpub fare and simple eats, but with a modern twist on classic items such as burgers and pizza. Rock & Brews is slated to open in The Colony in 2016.

Copyright: Noel Vasquez, Getty Images
Copyright: Noel Vasquez, Getty Images

SOURCE: “KISS co-founder urges restaurateurs to rock it” by Karen Robinson-Jacobs, The Dallas Morning News (9/22/15)

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