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Defying Convention

How long has it really been since the madness began?Speaking in late February, Jude Feyedelem thought it might be 18 months, although that felt like a distant and understated calculation. “It’s been insane.

DSTILL Announces 2016 Dates

Heading into its fourth year, DSTILL brings together craft spirit lovers, artisan distillers, master barmen and women, and other industry professionals for a multi-day celebration of the American craft spirit.

Arbella Announces Grand Opening

VBD Hospitality, alongside team members of Chicago’s powerhouse Peruvian restaurant Tanta, announced the May 16 grand opening of Arbella (112 W. Grand Ave.). Arbella is a new River North 74-seat cocktail lounge with a sophisticated, energetic environment celebrating the culturally diverse backgrounds of the team members.

Spirits’ Share of Alcohol Gains Continues

On-premise traffic declined 4.2 percent year-over-year during the four-week period ending April 17, continuing the weak performance seen during the previous four weeks. Traffic growth remained below the 12-week (-3 percent) and the 52-week (-1.

Award-Winning Aussie Gin Contemplates U.S. Restaurant Market

Kangaroo Island Spirits this week took out the Champion Gin Trophy at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards for its Old Tom Gin.The accolade, handed out by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria in Melbourne, comes as the remote distillery prepares to install a second still to give it the capacity to enter the export market.

Tea Time

Drinking tea is steeped—pardon the pun—in ritual. Whether it’s a late-afternoon pot of loose-leaf Ceylon and a tiered platter of ginger-studded scones served in an ornate hotel lobby, or a simple sachet of rooibos offering postprandial herbal relief from a multi-course dinner, there is something decidedly ceremonial about savoring a cup.

Knocking Down Expectations

Atlanta-based Painted Hospitality is taking its combined entertainment and dining concept—bowling and gaming paired with upscale casual cuisine—to the next level.Having spent a decade operating his father’s restaurant group, Concentrics, Justin Amick, principal and co-founder of Painted Hospitality, is “applying those same principles to a venue encompassing food, beverage, entertainment, and ambiance, all under one roof,” he says.

Regional Finalists for 2016 Star of the Bar Competition Announced

The National Restaurant Association announced the six finalists of the 2016 Regional Star of the Bar Market Challenge, who will compete in the upcoming Star of the Bar Finals at BAR (Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants) as part of the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Whiskies Win 10 Top Awards

Buffalo Trace Distillery was awarded 10 top awards at the North America Whiskies & Spirits Conference in New York where the World Whiskies Awards were announced, including Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old Bourbon, named the overall winner for Best Age Statement Bourbon.

Palette 22 Debuts New Beverage Program

Palette 22, the newest venture from Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP) located in the heart of The Village at Shirlington at 4053 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, Virginia, unveils its new beverage program to pair with the menus of globally inspired small plates.

Smoke on the Water

Cocktails starring perfect crystalline ice are among the hallmarks of today’s quality bars. Often, these mighty cubes and spheres, which add much-needed chill, texture, and viscosity, are chiseled straight from a sleek chainsaw-cut block by an adventurous bartender.

FSR Rising Stars to Present at BevCon Charleston

BevCon Charleston is a multi-day curated event in Charleston, South Carolina, from August 21—24 that brings together national and international beverage and culinary minded professionals.

Strip House Las Vegas Presents 305 Cocktail for $305

In honor of the Miami-based Latin performer Pitbull offering a seven-night limited engagement at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Strip House Las Vegas debuts its “305 Cocktail” priced at $305.