Join the Town of Vienna Economic Development Department for our kickoff event on business winterization during COVID-19. We will address the "new normal" for restaurant and entertainment businesses brought about by economic and social changes of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Part I, we will focus on this main question:
As we continue to navigate the health crisis, how might we stimulate and sustain dining and entertainment services during a change in season?
We will examine:
- If outdoor dining and entertainment can help increase restaurant and retail sales throughout the health crisis
- How restaurants can stimulate and sustain dining and entertainment as we move into colder weather
- Locating funding and technical assistance to help with the expansion of outdoor and entertainment areas
- Mastering and streamlining takeout and delivery procedures
Join moderator, Jon Krinn, owner / chef / founder of Clarity, as we dive into a round table discussion with our panel of experts:
Michael Biddick, Sommelier / Owner, Blend 111.
The Vienna resident is Master of Bordeaux wine, a certified French Wine Scholar and was trained by the Court of Master Sommeliers. He is a certified barista & coffee roaster. Michael opened Blend 111 to bring a unique multi-cultural dining experience to Vienna.
Jay Coldren, Managing Director of the Eat + Drink Studio, Streetsense.
With more than 30 years of hospitality experience spanning the independent restaurant, boutique hotel and branded hotel segments, Coldren brings his wealth of hospitality design and development capabilities to his current role at Streetsense. Recently, Coldren served as the Managing Director for the iconic specialty food retailer Dean and DeLuca. Prior to that, he served as the Global Brand Leader for EDITION hotels, overseeing the development and expansion of this new hotel company with boutique hotel impresario Ian Schrager.
Kathy E. Hollinger, President & CEO, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW).
Hollinger and RAMW work to promote and sustain the growth and development of the industry while providing its members legislative and regulatory representation, marketing and small business support, programming and events. RAMW serves its members with professionalism and integrity, and provide them the training, education and support they need to grow a successful business.
Leonardo Murata, Sales Executive, Bromic Heating
Murata provides design consultation to maximize outdoor experience revenues through the addition of innovative heating solutions.
Register to attend here.