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5 Ways to Create a Successful Family Business

5 Ways to Create a Successful Family Business

According to the National Restaurant Association, there are 970,000 restaurants in America. Further research indicates that the three-year failure rate for restaurants hovers around 60 percent. So just what is it that makes some restaurants fold, while others turn into gold? For two successful Washington D.C.-based restaurants, the answer to their success starts with family.

“When a team comes together that is made up of family, it creates a strong bond, with everyone after the same goal,” says Ben Kirane, co-owner of the Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge and Thunder Burger & Bar. “But there are still things that family members need to focus on, in order to make the restaurant, or any type of business, a success.”

Thunder Burger & Bar to Hold Halloween Costume Contest

Thunder Burger & Bar to Hold Halloween Costume Contest

 

Thunder Burger & Bar, located in the heart of Georgetown, will be holding a Halloween Costume Contest, giving adults the opportunity to show off their costumes. The contest will be held on October 31, 2012, with judging taking place at 10:00 p.m. There will be one Best Male Costume award and one Best Female Costume award, with each winning a $50 Thunder Burger & Bar gift certificate.

“Kids shouldn’t be the only ones to have some fun on Halloween. This is a great opportunity to strut your stuff and have some fun,” explains Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef of Thunder Burger. “Plus, if you have a great costume, you may even be the one to win the gift certificate – an added bonus to the fun you will have.”

Unique, Denver-Based Burger Joint Opens In Va.

Unique, Denver-Based Burger Joint Opens In Va.

Tired of the same ol' burger joint? Smashburger, a unique Denver-based burger concept, recently opened its first location in the D.C. area in Fairfax, Va.      

Located at 10160 Fairfax Blvd., this new eatery boasts a modern burger “smashed-to order,” with 100% Angus Beef made into a meatball, smashed, seared, and seasoned on the grill and placed in a butter-toasted artisan bun. 

You can select from seven recipes, which include The Spicy Baja with Pepper jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion, spicy chipotle mayo and fresh jalapeños on a spicy chipotle bun, or The BBQ Bacon & Cheddar with BBQ sauce, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and haystack onions on an egg bun.

Thunder Burger & Bar to Hold Burger of the Month Contest, Open to the Public

 Thunder Burger & Bar to Hold Burger of the Month Contest, Open to the Public

Thunder Burger & Bar, located in the heart of Georgetown, is holding a “Burger of the Month” contest that is open to the public. Patrons are encouraged to submit their best burger idea for a chance to win a dinner for two, valued at up to $50. The burger ideas submitted will all be judged by the chef, and the one selected will not only win the dinner for two, but will also have that burger named for them and offered in the restaurant for the entire month.

“This is a great chance to share your favorite burger recipe and have it named after you, if we choose to use it for the month,” explains Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef of Thunder Burger. “We encourage people to get creative, get interesting, and don’t be afraid to submit your idea. You never know what the winning burger is going to include.”

Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge and Thunder Burger to Support Pink Jams!

Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge and Thunder Burger to Support Pink Jams!

According to BreastCancer.org, roughly 1 out of every 8 women in America will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that, annually, over 200,000 women are diagnosed with the disease in this country, and approximately 40,000 die from it. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge, and Thunder Burger & Bar will be teaming up to help the cause by participating in the Pink Jams! “Take a Bite Out of Breast Cancer” annual awareness program.

“We are happy to be able to participate in this yearly awareness program, and to help out this great charity,” says Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef at both the Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge and Thunder Burger & Bar. “It’s a serious disease, and we can all benefit by helping to bring it to an end.”

Celebrate A One-Year Anniversary On Thursday At Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Celebrate A One-Year Anniversary On Thursday At Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

New Orleans-inspired restaurants, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack, will host a one-year anniversary celebration on Thursday at their 14th street location.

Tickets are $50 per person and include unlimited fresh seafood with signature dishes from Pearl Dive’s delicious menu, live music entertainment, and an open bar at Black Jack with drinks provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. 

Guests who attend the event can taste two new exclusive oysters from the Blacks and Rappahannock River Oyster Company in Chincoteague, Virginia along with Toby Island Oysters in Topping, Virginia.

10% of the entire nights sales at Pearl Dive will be donated to Food and Friends.

If you like Addie's in Rockville, Black's Bar & Kitchen in Bethesda, Black Market Bistro in Garrett Park or BlackSalt in the Palisades, you will love Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, which is chef Jeff Black's fifth restaurant and newest creation. 

5 Reasons to Choose Grass-Fed Beef Burgers

5 Reasons to Choose Grass-Fed Beef Burgers

 

There’s been a shift in this country when it comes to beef. Many people are seeking out grass-fed beef, because of all the benefits that it provides over grain-fed varieties. Grass-fed beef is popping up on store shelves, as well as in restaurants. While it’s not widely available, restaurants such as Thunder Burger, located in Georgetown, have been serving it up to their customers, taking pride in the higher quality beef that their burgers are made of.

“You haven’t enjoyed a great tasting burger until you have had a grass-fed beef burger,” explains Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef of Thunder Burger and Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge.  “There’s simply no comparison and once people try it they always want that standard. It’s a better burger all the way around.”

Here are 5 reasons to choose grass-fed beef burgers over grain fed: