If you want to ensure your future bar/restaurant installations go smoothly, here are some tips from the vertical market leaders.
John Lyons Systems in Hollywood, Calif., is in a unique situation: it was “born from a lifetime of experience in entertainment and nightlife.” Owner John Lyons has been involved in the nightlife business for years.
He and his brother, Patrick, own the Lyons Group, an entertainment investment firm that as of June 2010 included more than 29 restaurants, lounges and bars in Boston.
The Lyons brothers would open a bar and install the audio, video, and lighting themselves. “People would come in and ask us who did the A/V because they wanted to hire them to do their bar,” John says.
“When I told them I did it myself, they wouldn’t believe me. Eventually there was enough demand that I started a side company in 1990 called Moonlighting.”
Lyons says the world of high-end nightclubs is small, “everybody knows everybody. I don’t advertise or look for business. My entire business is based off referrals.” Lyons has worked with the Bellagio, City Center, Treasure Island, Steve Wynn and more.
Phoenix, Ariz.-based AVDB Group also knows a thing or two about referrals. The Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, Calif., was going through a $27 million renovation, which included the Game Day Sports Bar. Due to previous work with the Sycuan Casino, AVDB Group won the bid for the