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RMD Group Partners With Hard Rock Hotel

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If you’ve celebrated Halloween or New Year’s Eve at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego in the past year, you’ve already seen a glimpse of RMD’s work.

The team behind some of San Diego’s most popular venues such as FLUXX Nightclub, Rustic Root and Side Bar has entered a new full-time partnership with the musically-charged Hard Rock Hotel.

For the party people of San Diego, the news means this: RMD Group will take over managing 207 bar and Float Rooftop Lounge starting this month. You can expect more epic parties and updates to the hotel’s nightlife venues, as well as larger-than-life themes that the RMD Group has become most known for. For more information, visit rmdgroupsd.com.

207 Fifth Ave., downtown. hardrockhotelsd.com

Lamplighter Awards 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Lamplighter Award Winners

Favorite Professional Service Provider
RMD Group Consulting

Favorite Brunch
Rustic Root

Favorite Pizza
Ciro’s Pizzeria & Beerhouse

Favorite Mexican, Latin, or Spanish Cuisine
Don Chido

2016 Sous Chef Showdown Winner
Michael Mora
Rustic Root

Black Friday Dining Deals

With Black Friday right around the corner, it’s time to start planning to get the best specials in town. Check out our picks for some of San Diego’s hottest Black Friday dining deals!

Rustic Root | San Diego, CA

A rooftop respite from the chaos of Black Friday, Rustic Root is an ideal place to rest those weary feet and enjoy half-priced appetizers and $2 off timeless cocktails and draft beers after shopping through the Gaslamp District. Serving fantastic rustic American / global comfort cuisine alongside drinks from an incredible craft cocktail program, Rustic Root is one of San Diego’s best destinations for Black Friday shoppers.

Don Chido | San Diego, CA

Set in the heart of the downtown and the Gaslamp District, Don Chido invites Black Friday shoppers to come in for half-off entradas and half-off all drinks from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, November 25. Sip on an ice cold margarita in the sunshine on the patio, or raise a glass (or shot glass!) filled with a specially selected tequila recommended from Gabe Garza, the restaurant’s resident “Tequila Enthusiast.” Don Chido pairs home-style Mexican cuisine with a diverse, electric atmosphere that Black Friday shoppers will enjoy.

Let Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti Serenade You at Rustic Root

Come See Sal Valentinetti from America’s Got Talent on Nov. 12

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Arrive at Rustic Root this Saturday Nov. 12 and prepare to be blown away. Starting at 10 p.m., Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” will put on an intimate concert in support of San Diego charities Songs for Shelter and It’s All About the Kids.

Valentinetti’s voice is truly unforgettable. He rocked the stage with at his audition and throughout his time on the hit singing series. Valentinetti’s Frank Sinatra-esque vibes shocked the crowd and the judges and he instantly became known as Heidi Klum’s “Golden Boy.” Klum was so moved by his performance that she hit the golden buzzer to send him straight through to Los Angeles.

Guest can enjoy an evening with the star performer as Rustic Root’s downstairs dining room will be turned into an intimate concert hall. Get ready to sip on specialty cocktails in honor of this special performance. Try the Heidi Klum’s Golden Boy cocktail, mixed with lemon juice, orange liqueur, Ketel One vodka, and blueberry syrup for $11. Other specialty drink options include: The Rat Pack, a blend of tin cup whiskey, angostura bitters, ginger beer, lemon juice, simple syrup and a lemon twist priced at $11; and The Dirty Martini Shot, Russian standard and olive juice garnished with a bleu cheese stuffed olive, priced at $7.

In honor of the season of giving, Rustic Root will be donating $2 from each specialty cocktail purchase as well as a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to San Diego charities Songs for Shelter—a local non-profit started by San Diego teen Ava Parisi that puts on concerts for teens by teens to shine light on youth homelessness in San Diego—and It’s All About The Kids, a non-profit organization that aids other children-focused charities to enhance the lives of less fortunate children and their families. Table minimums begin at $100 and reservations may be made by calling 619.878.3277.

Rustic Root
535 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
619.232.1747

Where to drink and dine on your days off

by Keri Bridgwater

New Seasonal Menu: Rustic Root

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Highlights from executive chef Marcel Childress’ new fall menu at this popular downtown destination include a bacon-wrapped Opah belly served with lobster cream sauce and Okinawan potato chips, steamed oxtail dumpling served with pork jus and a rustic shepherd’s pie made with braised lamb shoulder, mushroom, peas, carrot, pearl onion and Gruyere mash – perfect for when the weather eventually turns a little chillier. 535 5th Ave (619) 232 1747

Two-Ingredient Tequila Cocktails

The Mexican Cure-All

“In the old days, Mexican doctors would prescribe tequila to cure illnesses and colds. A common cold recipe would be tequila, cayenne, and lemon juice. It definitely works, tried and true many times over.” — Booze enchanter and manager at Rustic Root in San Diego, California.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Fortaleza Reposado tequila
.75 oz cayenne-infused lemon juice

Instructions:
1. Combine ingredients and pour over rocks.

San Diego is now one of our favorite restaurant and food cities and here’s why…

San Diego’s food scene officially rules. It was not so long ago that Southern California, the birthplace of fast food, once offered a pretty dismal showing in the way of awesome eating, but the time has now come when proud locals can tell food snobs visiting from San Francisco to go shove it. This list only scratches the surface, but it’s a worthy starting point. So do yourself a favor and ditch the In ‘n’ Out Burger (hint: they’re overrated) and check out one of these San Diego food hot spots instead.

Rustic Root

Places like Hooters and the Hard Rock Cafe are looking increasingly out of step in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, a former tourist trap turned turned hot spot thanks to new nightlife options and eateries like Searsucker, Double Standard and Rustic Root. The handsome, loft-like dining room at Rustic Root is the perfect place to settle in for a fine meal consisting of standards like a half-roasted chicken or double cut pork chop, but the mad stampede is for the generous and playful rooftop patio, a dream space for lounge lizards, booze hounds and, yes, topiary aficionados. Snag a spot on a balmy evening (hint: there are about 300 a year) or come for a scenic brunch consisting of scrambles, benedicts and lots of cocktails.

RMD GROUP NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF PROMOTIONS

Aaron Wellman is RMD Group’s newest addition.

Aaron Wellman - RMD Promotions Director

San Diego – July 2015 – RMD Group, owners and operators of award-winning nightlife venues Side Bar, FLUXX, and F6ix, and restaurants including Ciro’s Pizzeria & Beerhouse, Don Chido, and Rustic Root is excited to announce Aaron Wellman as the Director of Promotions.

 

Aaron comes to RMD Group with many years of experience in the hospitality industry. He started in nightlife promotions over nine years ago with Dtown Productions, where Aaron was a key member of the team that developed Dtown into one of the top promotion companies in San Diego. He was also an integral part of bringing Wavehouse Sundaze, Intervention, and Dive Day Club to San Diego. Just recently, Aaron helped build Five Marketing & Management (aka: Five Group) from the ground up.

 

As the Director of Promotions, Aaron will be responsible for the success and growth of RMD’s in-house Promotions Department. Among his responsibilities will be the recruitment and development of new promotional hosts and managers, creation and execution of new promotions strategies, and enhancement of the customer experience at all RMD venues.

 

Aaron was born and raised in San Diego (a rarity these days!). He loves beer and buffalo wings (especially from Ciro’s Pizzeria) while watching sports with his buddies, loves to golf, fills his playlist with Jay Z, and likes to enjoy an ice cold beer at the end of a busy day.

Designing a Moneymaker

Written by David Klemt

RMD
Image source: www.FluxxEvents.com

RMD Group has designed some incredibly successful venues. The most notable amongst their projects is likely FLUXX, located in San Diego. Unlike traditional design firms, partners and past Nightclub & Bar Show speakers Dan and Dave Ranzella and Mike Georgopoulos approach projects from the perspective of operators, a key element to their success. As many operators know, working with a designer who has never actually owned or managed a bar, nightclub or restaurant can be frustrating. As operators themselves, RMD Group knows what to focus on throughout the entire build and what works.

When designing a space, Dan, Dave and Mike put their emphasis on optimizing the customer experience while keeping the design and build-out within budget. RMD Group’s main design considerations are maximizing space and creating the desired flow, maximizing efficiency in operations, guest and staff safety, durability of materials selected and obtaining the client’s desired look and feel. In terms of finances – a major area of focus for RMD – the group cannot stress enough the importance of knowing your costs at all points of the build and understanding that limited funding will dictate design choices. These choices encompass the layout, lighting and sound, build materials and flooring.

Layout

Unlike some other designers, RMD’s first concern is operational infrastructure. The location of bars, bar storage areas, the kitchen, service stations and restrooms are the first order of business. Next up is maximizing the efficiency of bottle service should a venue offer it. Ever the innovators, RMD has developed multi-tiered VIP tables. Storage is built into multiple levels with pullout drawers for backup supplies. Reducing the number of steps it takes for a server to attend to their tables properly means more time with your VIP guests.

“The more items that you can keep at that bottle service table, the less trips back and forth to the kitchen or storage area by your bottle service waitress or your server assistant, spending more time at the table actually mixing drinks for clients and upselling,” says Dave Ranzella.

Another RMD Group innovation is custom-built VIP seating, which has become fairly standard now within the industry. These booths are designed with built-in storage for removable cushions. When your guests are ready to stand or dance on your booths the cushions can be removed and stored for a safer, more stable platform. Additionally, removing the cushions means they won’t be damaged by high heels. These booths are also multi-level which means the number of people who can be seated at your tables is effectively doubled.

The design group also employs a concept they refer to as Shrinking the Field. Through the use of curtains, Spandex and other room dividers, bars and entire sections within a venue can be closed off on slower nights or shifts.  Furniture can also be used to give an empty space a busier feel, and it can be removed as the venue becomes busier.

Lighting & Sound

As any operator and bar manager knows, sound and lighting design is crucial to the success of any nightclub or bar. Lighting and sound add ambiance, inspire a mood, shape a room and energize your guests. Choosing your lighting and sound designers can be just as important as selecting an architect and interior designer.

When considering your options, you need to understand who you intend to have controlling the audio inside your venue. Will your patrons have access to such controls or will you keep that out of their hands? Also, how prominent do you intend the sound and lighting to be inside your space? Will your music be front and center and in your face like that of a dance club or live music venue or will it be in the background like a bar or lounge?

While it may be tempting to buy the biggest and best when it comes to speakers and the rest of the sound system, realize that your space will dictate the size and number of speakers and your audio will only be good as the quality of the formats being used by your DJs. Speaking of which, DJ booth placement is another important factor to consider. You can either choose to install the booth in a permanent location or utilize a mobile DJ platform. Again, your music choice will help you make this decision. For example, venues playing EDM should have the DJ booth very near the crowd while open format venues should place it further away. Don’t forget about lighting controllers, either. A system like Lutron will save you money in the long run and it’s important to remember that your lighting is only as good as the one programming and controlling it.

Flooring

There are a lot of options out there flooring, all with their pros and cons. For instance, concrete is your most cost effective option as the only actual cost is the finish. However, it’s horrible for acoustics. Linoleum is also cost effective and durable but can look cheap. Carpet, unlike concrete, is great for acoustics, is widely available and therefore comes with a short lead time and allows for colors and patterns to run throughout the entire space. Unfortunately, carpet also stains easily and absorbs odors and liquids. Other options are stone, wood and engineered wood. On the plus side, every one of those options looks fantastic in just about any venue, regardless of the theme. However, stone and wood are expensive. Engineered wood is less costly than the other two options but when damaged cannot easily be repaired.

Materials

Upholstery is one of the final – but more fun – of the design element considerations. The main materials you’ll be considering are vinyl, leather and fabric. As any bar owner knows, vinyl offers plenty of options in terms of colors, is readily available and therefore enjoys a short lead time, doesn’t stain or absorb liquids and odors easily, is ideal for outdoors and is inexpensive. Of course, vinyl also looks inexpensive and that can affect the perception of your venue and your brand.

Leather is, of course, more expensive but offers a rich appearance and feel. However, the issue with leather is that is not the best choice for outdoor areas. Also, it can tear and crack over time. The option with the biggest swings in terms of pricing is fabric. The colors, patterns and textures available give you a lot of freedom in terms of design. Also, soft fabrics are inviting and comfortable for your guests. Fabrics can be very expensive and will stain and absorb liquids and odors.

Learn more about designing a venue and maximizing the customer experience at the 2016 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show!