Chain Beverage Buzz: March 22, 2010

Todd Chittick was named Western U.S. National Accounts Manager for Kobrand Corp., assuming responsibility for top hotel and restaurant chains in major western states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

McCormick & Schmick’s celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by prompting guests to mix and mingle with the “Lucky to Kiss a Stranger” promotion. Guests who purchased one Leprechaun Kiss (DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker, Ketel One Vodka, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and a drop of green food coloring) or Chocolate Kiss (Baileys Irish Cream, Ketel One Vodka, DeKuyper Dark Crème de Cacao, half and half and Guinness Stout) cocktail for themselves or another guest received three “I Got Kissed” stickers to share with fellow imbibers; the guests with the most stickers won prizes such as dining certificates.

Chocolate Kiss Cocktail

Rolling Stone LA owners Niall Donnelly and Joe Altounian announced that Jim Parkinson, who designed the original Rolling Stone logo, is creating the logo for the new venue, which is set to open in Hollywood and Highland Center this summer.

Copeland's of New Orleans Restaurants will expand with new franchised locations in Nashville, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala; along with these openings in 2010, franchise deals have been signed to open locations in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. The restaurants will fit the new Copeland's prototype, which debuted in Baton Rouge in 2009, featuring a pub-style bar offering signature cocktails.

Darden President/COO Andrew Madsen announced plans for 1,000 additional restaurants during an International Council of Shopping Centers luncheon last week; the Orlando, Fla.-based company boasts 1,800 locations of its Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52 and Capital Grille concepts.

Ted Koppel will address the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) at its annual conference, May 15 – 19 in Marco Island, Fla. Along with the noted broadcaster, former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers and author Dr. John Powers will present at general sessions.

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