Annie’s Gourmet Italian Restaurant Version 2.0

In the kitchen with Grandma Cungie and Annie
In the kitchen: Grandma Cungie & Annie

In late 2009, Annie Payton, CPCE, opened Annie’s Gourmet Italian in Henderson, Nevada. She did so, on the heels of being laid off at Reflection Bay, a golf and event venue… as Greater Las Vegas descended into considerable recession.

The cozy, home-style Italian restaurant had its share of successes and challenges. To move into a fresh success-cycle, Annie considered the options and decided to pursue a new location, doubling seating, upgrading from beer and wine to a full bar,  and adding gaming machines in the bar (The Lost Weekend Bar).

The Lake Las Vegas Marina continues to call on Annie’s as a preferred vendor for its weddings and parties on its yachts. This relationship provides a base of activity for Annie’s off-premise services.

Annie's Gourmet Italian

The pet-friendly patio was a highly-appreciated feature of the original Annie’s location. During regular business hours, customers were free to bring their 4-footed friends. The area was sufficiently large to accommodate special events, too.

In searching out a new location, Annie launched a new outdoor space, Ookie’s Garden Pet Friendly Patio.

Achieving Superhero Status

Pasta Primavera
Pasta Primavera

Anyone who has built out a business, from scratch, or expanded/remodeled their home, will tell you about running the gauntlet. In Annie’s case, she continued to operate her original location, while overseeing construction of the new location.

The confluence of contractors, inspectors, hiring and training new employees, and long work days were a taxing experiences. All of these while maintaining a going concern at the original restaurant location. Annie pushed on… 

With a seemingly unending string of ‘surprises,’ on all fronts, Annie pushed on.

The Grand Opening Has Arrived

Enjoy a cocktail! at Annie's Gourmet Italian
Enjoy a cocktail!

Monday, May 19th, is the Grand Opening of Version 2.0 of Annie’s Gourmet Italian. Ribbon cutting by Henderson Mayor, Andy Hafen, and dinner service, beginning at 4pm.

Beginning with the Grand Opening, Annie Payton will lead her staff and customers into a new era. Annie is a soft spoken and spirited leader. She lives in the present and future; for her employees and customers. And those qualities are the soul of her business.

If you live in Greater Las Vegas or have occasion to visit, make it a point to enjoy a meal at Annie’s. You’ll not only eat well and enjoy family-style surroundings, but see the end result of incredibly hard work from everyone involved.

 “La Vita e Bella!” (Life is Beautiful!)

Andy Ebon
The Wedding Marketing Authority
The Wedding Marketing Blog

NACE Experience! 2011: A cutting edge experience

NACE ExperienceNACE Experience! 2011 is a revolutionary conference that attracts professionals from every segment of the market, from caterers (on- and off-premise), event planners and designers, to photographers, florists and entertainers, to name a few.

The roster of speakers is comprised of catering and event industry luminaries. The conference will be taking place, July 24-27 at the incredible Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, NV. Even more incredible is the $95/night conference room rate.

I have attended NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) national conferences since 1992, and can recommend the education, networking, and overall experience, highly. I’m pleased to be a presenter for two sessions, this year.

Hope you’ll consider the conference, and would be thrilled to see you there.

Andy Ebon
The Wedding Marketing Authority

NACE Experience! 2011 adds Andy Ebon as presenter

The National Association of Catering Executives is holding its Educational Conference, NACE Experience! 2011, in Reno, Nevada, at the Silver Legacy Hotel & Casino – July 24 – 27.

Wedding Marketing Authority, Andy Ebon, has been added to the roster of presenters for two seminars.

The first presentation, Win-Win Relationships (Tuesday, 7/26/11 – 3pm – 4:15pm), will explore the dynamics of Venue – Vendor – Planner relationships.

The second presentation, Applied Technology: The Convergence of Productivity, Customer Service, Software & Gadgetry (Wednesday, 7/27/11 – 9am – 10:15pm) will share and explain some of the latest software, gadgets, and goodies to make your business world move at the speed of light. A significant segment will focus on the Apple iPad.

Registration for the conference will begin 1/1/11.

Andy Ebon
The Wedding Marketing Authority