Lil' Jon's Restaurant & Lounge Celebrates 50 Years

As one of the last few diners in Bellevue, Washington to offer good old American grub - think large, fresh cinnamon rolls and delightfully greasy hash browns and eggs - Lil' Jon's Restaurant and Lounge has stood the test of time. The iconic restaurant is celebrating 50 years which is a huge milestone for anyone in the service industry. We sat down with Parker Sjolander, Chief Operations Manager, to talk about the family business, the hardships and accomplishments faced over the years and the importance of consistency. 

Raspberry Peach Lemonade

Our Raspberry Peach Lemonade is the perfect antidote for a hot spring or summer day. Freshly squeezed lemons combined with peaches and raspberries creates a refreshingly sweet drink you won't be able to resist. Find the recipe below!

Topics: Cooking & Recipes

Mother's Day Marketing Tips

Mother's Day happens to be one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, so we wanted to provide some tips and tricks for making the day successful, profitable, and fun. 

Topics: Tips & Tricks

Bargreen Bake Off: Pin to Win a Dexter Knife Set!

Do you have the perfect pie recipe? If so, we want to see it on Pinterest! 

Post your best original pie photo and recipe on Pinterest and you could win a Dexter Knife set (below)! Be sure to include the hashtags #BargreenBakeOff & #BeInTheKitchen in the comment section of your pin to qualify. All entries will be pinned to Bargreen Ellingson's "Contest & Entries" Pinterest board, and the winning pin will be selected based on creativity and presentation.

Topics: Contests & Giveaways

An Interview with Windmill Bistro's Chef and Owner, Bruce Patterson

With Mother's Day around the corner, we headed to Sumner, WA to visit with Bruce Patterson, owner, and chef of the Windmill Bistro. Windmill Bistro is a charming restaurant nestled away in a lush garden setting that can only be described as fairy tale-esque. During our interview, Bruce talks about the challenges he faced while transitioning from working in resorts to becoming a small restaurant owner, why he still makes most of his food in-house, and what motivates him every day. Read his interview below!

Topics: Restaurants & Bars Interviews

An Interview with El Toro's Angelica Arias

I recently met with Angelica Arias, General Manager of El Toro Mexican Restaurant to talk about her family's owned and operated chain since 1979. Still run by her father with Angelica and her siblings as partners, El Toro has successfully served five key locations in Tacoma, Washington for more than 35 years. Read Angelica's interview to learn more about their business, plans for future locations, and advice for starting your own restaurant chain.  

Topics: Restaurants & Bars Interviews