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Nightclub Bar Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Nightclub, Bar Operations, Bar Policies, Bar Procedures, Bar Security, Bar Assaults, Casino Nightclub Operations, Dram Shop Liability
Responsible Use of Force, Negligent Use of Force, Responsible Mechanical Bull Operation, Negligent Mechanical Bull Operation
Responsible Alcohol Distribution, Negligent Alcohol Distribution, Alcohol Related Violence, Alcohol Related Foreseeable Risk, Alcohol Related Accidents, Alcohol Related Assaults, Alcohol Related Death, Alcohol Related Injury, Alcohol Related Slip & Fall, Alcohol Related Industry Standard, Alcohol Related Best Practices, Alcohol Related Premise Liability, Alcohol Related Bartender Training, Alcohol Related Security Training, Alcohol Related Intoxication

Summary of Qualifications

I’m a nightclub and bar consultant with 24 years of experience opening and operating Las Vegas nightclubs, Ultra Lounges, Sport’s Bars, College Bars, Ice Houses, Road Houses, Resort Bars, Hotel Bars, Roof Top Bars, Casino Bars, Pool Parties, Mechanical Bull Bars, Beach Bars, Speak Easies and Live Music Venues across the United States, Mexico and the Bahamas.

I specialize in providing expert witness testimony for all aspects of nightclub and bar operations, alcohol related injuries, alcohol related assaults and responsible alcohol service.

Expert Witness Testimony Redacted

Case: Severe Chemical Burns caused by negligent C02 Cannon placement inside a couch
Engagement: Couch Assessment, Industry Standard Opinion and Expert Report

Case: Severe neck and back injury caused by untrained Mechanical Bull operator Engagement: Mechanical Bull Research, Case Assessment and Expert Report

Case: Broken neck rendering the plaintiff a quadriplegic caused by untrained security Engagement: Case assessment, Industry Standard Opinion and Expert Report Status: Settled Prior to Testimony

Case: Alcohol related assault inside a casino
Engagement: Case assessment, Industry Standard Opinion and Expert Report

Case: Brass knuckle assault in a bar with a “Known History of Violence” Engagement: Case assessment, Industry Standard Opinion and Expert Report

Rideout Bar Consulting Client List

Bar Rescue Spike TV
Crusens East Peoria IL
Absinthe Memphis, TN.
Daiquiri Factory Nassau, BHS.
Alluvian Hotel Greenwood MS.
Eastside Portland, OR.
Ambhar Las Vegas, NV.
High Watt Nashville TN.
B.B. King’s Memphis TN.
Hotel Fenix Guadalajara MX.
B.B. King’s Montgomery AL.
Itta Bena Memphis, TN.
B.B. King’s New Orleans, LA.
Itta Bena Montgomery, AL.
Babalu Atlanta, GA.
Itta Bena Orlando, FL.
Babalu Birmingham, AL.
Lafayette’s Memphis TN.
Babalu Chapel Hill, NC
Lafayette’s Orlando, FL.
Babalu Charlotte, NC.
Longshot’s Sterling IL.
Babalu Jackson, MS.
Lucille’s Montgomery AL.
Babalu Lexington, KY
Memphian Hotel Memphis TN.
Babalu Memphis, TN.
Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN.
Babalu Nashville, TN.
Millennium Hotel, Mexico
Babalu Raleigh, NC.
Park City Live Park City, UT.
Babalu Atlanta, GA.
Pink Shell Ft. Myers FL.
Carlos & Charlies Vegas NV.
Pocket Memphis TN.
Cannery Nashville TN.
Red Rock Ft. Lauderdale FL.
Collegiate Hotel Auburn, AL.
Tap Room Memphis, TN.
Corner Tap Sterling, IL.
The Pig Memphis, TN.
Crown Plaza Monterrey, MX.
Traveler’s Nassau, BHS
Crusens West Peoria, IL
Wonder Bar Casper WY.

Related Work History

Luke’s Ice House: Houston Texas, Beaumont Texas and Nederland Texas
Western Entertainment: Multi-Unit Director of Bar Operations (2014 – 2016)

Promoted Alcohol Awareness by conducting Responsible Alcohol Service training
Responsible for administering incident report and witness statement documentation
Responsible for conducting mechanical bull operation training
Responsible for executing weekly mechanical bull equipment inspection
Supervised 1,000 mechanical bull rides per week with 0 accidents in 2013

Electric Cowboy: Louisville Kentucky and St. Louis Missouri
Western Entertainment: Multi-State Director of Nightclub Operations (2013 – 2014)

Simultaneously streamlined operations for 2 nightclubs and 3 bars in 3 states
Increased Electric Cowboy GPM 16% by implementing 6-tier pricing model
Drafted companywide standard operating procedure for all bar operations
Reduced FOH / BOH labor 24% by implementing productivity-based scheduling
Conducted bartender, bar back server, management and security training

Rehab Pool Party: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada
Hard Rock Hotel: Bar Manager (Summer 2011)

Responsible for all aspects of bar operations and bottle service
Provided supervision over 200,000 square foot pool party
Directed 24 bartenders, 44 servers, 16 porters and 6 bar backs
Responsible for administering comps, voids, refunds and room charge
Responsible for maintaining Clarke County Health Department compliance

Eve Nightclub: City Center Las Vegas, Nevada
Beso Management Group: General Manager (2010 – 2011)

Responsible for all aspects of nightclub operations and bottle service
Provided supervision over 6,000 square foot 1,500-person nightclub
Directed 14 VIP Host, 12 bartenders, 19 servers, 8 porters and 4 bar backs
Reduced COG’s 14% by implementing new inventory system (90 Days)
Increased VIP bottle sales 25% by implementing new VIP host program (90 Days)
Increased liquor sales 34% by streamlining bar operations and reducing theft (90 Days)

Gatsby’s: College Station, Texas
Owner (2010 – 2016)

Bought and shutdown underperforming college bar
Remodeled, Rebranded and Reopened as a nightclub

LAX Nightclub: Luxor Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Nevada
Pure Management Group: Multi-Unit AGM (2008 / 2010)

Responsible for all aspects of nightclub operations and bottle service
Provided supervision over 30,000 square foot 1,500-person nightclub
Directed 27 bartenders, 42 cocktail servers and 70 security guards.
Redesigned 12,000 sq. ft. Dance Floor, VIP Booth and Table layout.
Calculated and Implemented 6 tier bottle service and cocktail pricing structure.
Designated point of contact for Clarke County Health Department and Fire Department
Responsible for maintaining Las Vegas Culinary Union server scheduling compliance
Responsible for applying, calculating and reporting Live Entertainment Tax
Coordinated customer ejection with security and provide witness reports
Physically assist security with altercations and provide incident reports

Noir Bar: Luxor Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Nevada
Pure Management Group: Multi-Unit AGM (2008 / 2010)

Responsible for all aspects of bar operations and bottle service
Provided supervision over 2,500 square foot 250-person capacity
Directed 6 bartenders, 12 cocktail servers, 1 bar back and 4 porters
Responsible for administering VIP table transfers and bottle delivery

Pure Nightclub: Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Nevada
Pure Management Group: Multi-Unit AGM (2008 / 2010)

Responsible for all aspects of nightclub operations and bottle service
Provided supervision over 36,000 square foot 4,000-person nightclub
Directed 29 bartenders, 47 cocktail servers, 23 porters and 12 bar backs
Room charge liaison between Pure Management Group and Caesar’s Palace
Administered all bottle service comps, voids, refunds and room charges

Pussy Cat Doll Lounge: Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Nevada
Pure Management Group Multi-Unit AGM (2008 / 2010)

Responsible for all aspects of lounge operations and bottle service
Provided supervision over 3,500 square foot lounge with 500-person capacity
Directed 4 bartenders, 6 servers, 1 bar back, 4 VIP host and 6 security

Venus Pool Club: Caesar’s Palace Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Nevada
Pure Management Group: Multi-Unit AGM ((2008 / 2010)

Responsible for all aspects of pool operations and bottle service
Provided supervision over 10,000 square foot pool party
Directed 6 bartenders, 6 servers, 2 doormen and 2 lifeguards
Created standard operating procedures then conducted bartender and server training

Audigier Nightclub: Treasure Island Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada
Pure Management Group: Pouring Bar Manager (2008 / 2010)

Responsible for all aspects of nightclub operations and bottle service
Provided supervision over 22,000 square foot nightclub with 1,650-person capacity
Directed 12 Bartenders, 16 Servers, 8 Porters and 4 Bar Backs.
Designed Info Genesis point of sale screens and conducted POS training
Created orientation program and conducted bartender training
Created bottle service development program and conducted server training
Provided PMG Chief Financial Officer with void, comp, and refund calculations
Provided Treasure Island Casino Vice President with void, comp, and refund calculations

Tangerine Nightclub: Treasure Island Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada
Pure Management Group: Pouring Bar Manager (2004 / 2008)

Responsible for all aspects of nightclub operations and bottle service
Provided supervision over 22,000 square foot nightclub with 1,650-person capacity
Directed 16 Bartenders, 32 Servers, 12 Porters and 6 Bar Backs
Responsible for all aspects of bottle service for distribution for 67 VIP Tables
Executed all Split Check, Voids, Comps, Refunds and Bottle Service Room Charges
Calculated void, comp and refund gross totals and percentage of sales
Provided PMG Chief Financial Officer with void, comp, and refund calculations
Provided Treasure Island Casino Vice President with void, comp, and refund calculations
Administered all bottle service credit card and cash transactions for 32 servers

Coyote Ugly Saloon: New York New York Casino Las Vegas, Nevada / Washington D.C.
Pure Management Group: Assistant General Manager (2003 / 2004)

Responsible for all aspects of 6,500 square foot bar operation
Directed 19 Bartenders, 4 Bar Backs and 12 Security Guards
Created and conducted Coyote Ugly bartender training
Responsible for adhering to franchise music and dance requirements
Conducted over 900 interviews during Coyote Bartender Search

The Gin: Oxford, Mississippi
General Manager and Bartender (January 1996 – October 2003)

Responsible for all aspects of 5,000 square foot bar operations
Directed 12 bartenders, 4 servers, 1 bar back and 4 security
Hosted 1.500-person Field Parties

Certification

  • TABC On Premise Instructor

Affiliations

Hospitality Alliance: Director of Beverage and Bars
Cayuga Hospitality: Nightclub and Bar Consultant
Restaurant Consulting Services: Liquor and Alcohol Operation Consultant
Alcohol Terrorism Training: Responsible Alcohol Service Instructor
Food Consultant Society International: Nightclub and Bar Consultant

Publications

Available on full CV

Trademarks

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