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‘Bar Rescue’ star Jon Taffer to headline The ARA Show keynote

By Brock Huffstutler

February 18, 2024

Jon Taffer Keynote Session

Jon Taffer

Before The ARA Show™ trade show floor opens on Monday, Feb. 19, attendees have the opportunity to attend the Keynote Session featuring Jon Taffer — hospitality expert and star of the hit TV show “Bar Rescue.” The session, sponsored by ARA Insurance, will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. that morning. The trade show floor will open immediately after the session.

Taffer is a renowned hospitality expert and star of the hit TV show “Bar Rescue,” an authority in turning struggling businesses into thriving successes. With his extensive knowledge in the hospitality industry and exceptional business acumen, he is set to deliver an inspiring and enlightening keynote that promises to leave a lasting impact on all attendees.

“Bar Rescue” spotlights Taffer as he saves failing bars from looming closure. He leverages his four decades of unprecedented industry experience and trademarked “Reaction Management” strategy to offer advisement on everything from menu design to cost management. His powerful presentations rescue businesses from themselves to propel them towards success.

Taffer launched his own innovative, full-service restaurant franchise concept in 2019: Taffer’s Tavern. With current locations in Atlanta, Boston, and Washington, D.C., Taffer’s Tavern features outstanding signature cocktails, elevated tavern foods, and the latest advancements in restaurant technologies.

He also runs Taffer Dynamics. This business operations firm offers dynamic models for a range of well-known establishments and brands, including the NFL, InBev, Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt, Marriott, Holiday Inn, Sheraton, Intercontinental, Fridays, Buffalo Wild Wings, Famous Dave’s Barbecue and Wolfgang Puck Express.

Taffer’s latest creation is a decadent new-to-world premium flavored American bourbon. Taffer’s Browned Butter Bourbon is a rich, bold bourbon whiskey with notes of vanilla and toffee to elevate your favorite cocktail or dish. After creating thousands of cocktail recipes throughout his 200-plus episodes of “Bar Rescue” and many years of experience consulting and creating food and beverage businesses, he knows a standout spirit when he tastes one.

In addition to his entrepreneurial and business background, Taffer also is a best-selling author. He’s written three books and has been featured in leading publications such as Forbes Magazine, Entrepreneur, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. He has appeared as a guest on shows ranging from Rachael Ray to Jimmy Kimmel Live to Good Morning America and is a regular guest on Fox Business Network, MSNBC and CNBC.

Following the Keynote Session, there will be an opportunity for attendees to meet Taffer. A meet and greet will take place starting at 10:15 a.m. at the ARA Resource Center, Booth No. 2827.

Admission to the Keynote Session is included with Full Registration and the Networking Package. It also is open to exhibitors and independent manufacturer reps (IMRs).