Nola Caye Set to Arrive in December

A new but welcomed addition is on its way to the Warehouse District

The owners of Restaurant des Familles in Marrero are set to launch a new eatery at 898 Baronne St. in the Warehouse District called Nola Caye. Nola Caye will serve “Caribbean inspired cuisine,” creating a nice relationship between island flavors and local cuisine.

But Who’s Behind this Food Fusion

Co-owners Bryan and Brooke Zar have extensive careers in hospitality. The two of them spent six years working in management with Houston’s restaurant organization in nine cities before finally coming home to New Orleans in 2008. In 2009, the couple purchased Restaurant des Familles from its former owner and have spent the last decade transforming it into a great spot for locals and tourists alike.

Menu Preview:

The menu features starters ($8 to $16) such as coconut shrimp, ahi tuna ceviche and jalapeño queso dip. Customers are also available to choose from several taco options such as Baja fish and Caribbean pork, or sandwiches like a Cuban or even lobster rolls. For entrees ($15 to $33), they will offer a Jamaican beef stew and grilled mahi-mahi with chimichurri sauce and black bean-mango salsa. This is only a handful of items from the menu which will feature more than what we have listed here.

Keep your eye out for the opening of Nola Caye and tell us what you think about it if you get a chance to try their fusion between Caribbean and Local flavors.

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WTF happened to my food?

Have you ever ordered delivery or take-out and after getting your food realized that something was off? With the emergence of food delivery services such as Waitr or doordash it’s becoming a common occurrence that peoples food is being tampered with or in some cases even being eaten before it gets to the customer. It would be great if restaurants started implementing a way for you to know if your food has been messed with in anyway upon receiving it.

RESTAURANT –  it’s time to seal the deal

Thankfully there is such a way to do this. Restaurants can purchase food seal stickers here, and if the seal is broken it immediately lets the customer know that their food may not be up to standard with the restaurants expectations. These stickers are not only helpful for the ones receiving the food, but also for the restaurants themselves. Countless times restaurants are slandered for poor quality in there delivered food, and in some cases it wasn’t the restaurants fault. 

I Scream you scream we all scream when someone licks our ice cream 

Take out food should be regulated like any other type of food, such as jars that have tamper evident tops or bottles with break away plastic locks. Not to long ago there was a scandal centered around Blue Bell, involving customers opening and kicking the ice cream and then putting it back in the freezers. This issue spawned a to add plastic wraps around their ice cream similar to how Ben and Jerrys does theirs. The petition can be found here. It’s time that we no longer have to be weary of our food being messed with or eating before it gets to our door.

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Written by William Cooper

8 Bar and Restaurant Background Music Tips to Boost Sales

So, this week we are talking about music in restaurants and bars.    Buzztime did an awesome write up of all the top tips, which we are aggregating here….So check it out….here are the top 2…click over to their site to read the entire article…and it’s worth it.  And backed up be real science and research!

From their site:


Tip #1) Play Slow Tempo Music During Slower Dayparts to Speed Up Drink Sales

When you have a lull in customer traffic – maybe mid-afternoon or early evening – don’t try to energize patrons with loud or lively music. Instead, play slow tempo restaurant background music. Why? Because a study shows that slower tempo music will encourage patrons to stick around and spend up to 40 percent more on drinks and desserts.

While food orders didn’t increase in the study, drink and dessert orders went up. So, make sure you promote your drink and dessert menus during slower dayparts. A great way to do this is with eye-catching digital signage you can change out with the dayparts.


And this one….

Tip #4) Pump Up the Jams…

Want to boost drink sales? Turn up the volume of your restaurant background music. Research shows that simply turning music on at a bar will lead to increased alcohol sales. Then, playing that music at higher volumes increases the rate of alcohol consumption even more. Be responsible. This study has been utilized to urge bars to monitor patrons for excessive alcohol consumption in short time periods. You should always instruct your bartenders to stop serving alcohol if a guest is becoming inebriated.


And of course this one….

Tip #5) Turn Up the Tempo and Turn Tables Faster

We covered what type of restaurant background music to play during slow dayparts. But when business is rockin’ during peak periods, you need a different approach. To turn tables faster, one often-referenced study recommends playing fast tempo music. In the study, when 62 sets of couples heard fast tempo restaurant background music, they believed they spent more time at the restaurant than they actually did. This is great for two reasons: tables turned faster yet guests still perceived that they spent a good amount of time dining. They didn’t feel “rushed” out.


Intrigued so far?  Check out the full article by our friends at Buzz Feed for some must know music tips!

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