The IDEA LAB reveals all the shortlist finalists and their creative ideas! All 20 shortlisted applicants from the IDEA LAB are waiting for your vote of support! These ideas are nothing short of brilliant, we encourage you to vote for your favourite person, bar team or venue to help see their dream become a reality (by March 2021).
Apply now to unlock a share of the $11.5 million dollars put aside for Bundaberg Rum’s Raising the Bar program. The devastating impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality sector has been widespread and ‘Raising the Bar’ will directly support jobs, recovery, and innovation in the Australian hospitality industry.
From midnight tonight, Melbourne’s hospitality industry – including cafes, bars and restaurants – are allowed to reopen with indoor seating of up to 20, outdoor up to 50, as long as they have good recordkeeping and Covid-safe plans in place.
“I spoke with Alex Day, one of the partners in the Death & Co. brand and someone whom I deeply respect. As someone who has worked at the very highest levels of the bar industry over the last decade and prides himself (and his bars) on providing curated experiences to his guests, he too has seen the need to reconfigure the way he does business through a new lens.” Naren Young
“I’ve spoken with several small bar owners, who have told me that they’re seriously considering keeping the reduced capacity and increase in patrons being seated moving forward.” – Erica Richards from The Exchange talks about the positive changes some venues have seen in 2020.
“The best ambassadors can either hide a sales pitch very well or they genuinely care about their industry and our friends within it.” John Davidson from Stuart Alexander talks about his passion for hospo and a better industry on the flipside of 2020.
“Across the world we have seen many ways in which Brand Ambassadors have been able to maintain relevance and connectivity through the digital space.” – Tristram Lilburne-Fini from Campari Australia talks about being an ambassador in 2020.
“I miss holding events at bars and learning new things from well-known international guests like Ian Burrell at Beneath Driver Lane in Melbourne, sharing well-crafted rum cocktails at Lobo in Sydney, or hosting fun parties at Rude Boy in Hobart.” Sai Hamsala, Diplomatico Rum
“I think we will see a permanent shift to contactless experiences including lower venue capacities, heightened cleanliness across all venues and an importance placed on contact tracing,” says Jose Cuervo’s Hayley Dixon when asked about the changes in the hospo industry in a post-COVID world.
“I hope that we can grow to appreciate what we often took for granted, whether it’s the country we live in, our health or simply being able to catch up in a bar with good friends,” says Garth Foster from Belvedere Vodka
The IDEA LAB has 48 hours to go until submissions close. We repeat FORTY – EIGHT short hours to go. A chance at grants of up to $20,000.
Hobart’s Macq01 Bar Manager, Emma Azon-Jacometti, has her say about how the the Tasmanian bubble has taken to the #supportlocal movement with gusto