Have a safe and happy Labor Day everyone! - from the gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show!
As a way to keep up with Kissimmee restaurants and restaurants in Orlando (and the industry in general), I came across an article by David Flaherty, the Beer & Spirits Director at Hearth Restaurant and the Terroir wine bars in New York. He listed 5 elements of a profitable beverage program. This got my attention, since one of the reasons for success at Capone’s Dinner & Show has been in part due to the beverage program.
What are the 5 elements? Would Capone’s meet the elements an expert would deem neccessary for success? Here are the points he shared in his article:
- A great team
- A moving target
I’m happy to report Capone’s Dinner & Show is a perfect match for his recipe. Here are the reasons, and the way I see it:
Number 1 – A great team. CHECK! Capone’s strong staff is evident by the number of servers that have worked here year after year. These mobsters are confident, well-trained and thoroughly educated in the beverages served every evening at this Orlando attraction. Their enthusiasm and passion shine with each guest served. As the Danny Meyer philosophy states “Put your employees first. If they are motivated, inspired and confident, the bottom line takes care of itself.”
Number 2 – Balance. CHECK! If you sneak up to the Four Deuces Lounge, Capone’s Dinner & Show’s pre-show bar, the items stocked there are definitely linked to the speakeasy concept and create plenty of balance for the bar. The skilled beverage professionals have put together a selection of products that span a wide range of the guests’ preferences. Although there a not hundreds of types of drinks served, the beverage menu covers guests’ need quite efficiently.
Number 3 – A moving target. CHECK! No, he isn’t talking about taking out a guest with one of the Tommy Guns during the hilarious show! A good beverage program needs to be moving through the majority of its product regularly. No problem with that. Unlimited drinks is not only a good value for guests at Capone’s, it also keeps the stock moving.
Number 4 – Systems. CHECK! How the equipment and beverages are organized is vital to a successful beverage program. Big Al runs a tight ship, and the staff at Capone’s Dinner & Show will not over pour drinks or serve sloppy cocktails. Like a well-oiled machine, the bar service runs great. Very seldom do you have to wait and wait for a drink.
Number 5 – Competition. CHECK! One of the reasons the drink menu is so extensive (when compared to other dinner shows) at Capone’s is due to evaluating the competition. No other Orlando dinner shows offers as many beverages (free of charge) included in the ticket. The drink menu lists over 15 different beverages. Some experimentation has been done over the years, adding products and changing it up some. I think it is a pretty good formula.
Now that you’ve read what an expert thinks is key to a successful beverage program, feel free to comment. What drinks would you like to see offered at Capone’s Dinner & Show? What did you think about your beverage service? Along with Capone’s spectacular all-you-can-eat dinner buffet and half price tickets, this dinner show is definitely something you should CHECK off your list of fun things to do in Orlando!
New Video Promotion
Last week we were treated with a video spot featuring the hosts of Attractions Magazine, Banks Lee and JeniLynn Knopp. This was a rather special video for two reasons. One, they featured Capone’s Dinner & Show! Two, rather sadly, it was JeniLynn’s last episode. We think she went out with a “bang” – up job with her appearance as one of our very own.
View the video and see if you agree.
Orlando Attractions Magazine covers all of the Orlando-area theme parks and attractions. They keep guests and local residents up-to-date on all of the park’s activities, specials, new features and more. If you are ever curious about something new coming to Orlando’s theme parks, just check out Orlando Attractions Magazine, or visit their You Tube channel.
With a dinner show as fun as Capone’s, it is easy to promote. If you are a guest service representative, you can even earn cold hard cash by promoting Capone’s Dinner & Show. It’s easy. Simply sign up, and get started earning rewards! You may even score some free tickets to our dinner show. If you have any questions about the guest referral program, contact “Miss Priss” at 407-397-2378 ext. 108.
Hospitality Industry Special
Capone’s Dinner & Show is also currently running a special offer for Hospitality Industry personnel. Tickets to our Kissimmee dinner show are only $19.99 plus tax and gratuity ($24.88 per person with tax). This price is valid for everyone in your party. Proof of employment is required, and you must present the FLIER at the Box Office.
- Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or special.
- Reservations accepted only on day of show and are subject to availability.
- Excludes Saturdays and Holiday Weekends.
- Offer expires June 15, 2014
Like Banks and JeniLynn, we hope you’ll visit Capone’s and leave wanting to tell others about your great experience. Get into the act and come prepared to have a good time. Order your tickets, and a boa or fedora to wear at the show and have a rewarding evening!
If you haven’t made plans for Mother’s Day, you’d better get on the phone or the computer and reserve your seats for the best bet around Orlando/Kissimmee. Capone’s Dinner & Show is the only way to go on this special occasion. The wise guys and doll faces at that joint sure know how to treat a mom right. They’ve been taught well! Mamma Capone keeps them in line.
There are a lot of buffets in Orlando to choose from, but few offer a cabaret show with comedy and action to go along with the entree. Capone’s Dinner & Show offers an all-you-can-eat Mother’s Day dinner buffet filled with American/Italian favorites, such as spaghetti and meatballs, herb & cheese stuffed pork loin, loads of vegetables and salad.
Did you know? The drinks are unlimited and included in the ticket price! This even includes alcoholic beverages. Wow! Not many Orlando dinner shows can say that! This Mother’s Day, Al and the gang are giving each mother a flower and some special recognition during the show. It’ll make Mom feel special. After all, you really do owe your mother. Remember this post? “I Owe My Mother.” The best part will be spending time with the mother in your life, whether it is your own mom, someone else’s mom, your aunt or even a future mother. Everyone loves Capone’s – even the kids will have a blast.
Purchase your tickets online and save 50%, but you need to hurry! Seats are filling up fast, and the sooner you make your reservation, the better seats you’ll have. Although Mother’s Day is only a few days away, there are still some great seats available. The show starts at 7:30pm and usually lasts a couple of hours, so everyone can enjoy the show and still get to bed early for school, work or being a mom.
Click here to order your tickets! Make Mom a happy dame this Sunday. Spend some time with her and the rest of your gang at a little joint with ‘the family.’ It’ll be the best Mother’s Day present ever!
If you are planning a vacation to any of the Orlando theme parks, make sure you budget for parking. Budget for parking, really? When parking at one of these attractions costs nearly as much as a ticket at Capone’s Dinner & Show, yes, one might need to budget for it. Not only have the ticket prices recently gone up at both Disney & Universal, the parking fees have increased as well. Here is a run down of the cash you’ll need in hand.
Parking Fees at Orlando Theme Parks:
- Disney World theme parks = $17
- Universal Orlando (including Islands of Adventure & CityWalk) = $17
- Universal Orlando Valet Parking = $30
- RV/Bus Parking and Preferred Parking at Universal = $22
- SeaWorld Orlando = $17
- Kennedy Space Center = $5 Motorcycles | $10 Automobiles | $15 Oversized vehicles, motor homes or RVs
Admittedly, you get a lot for your money at these attractions. They entertain your family for an entire day, maybe several days. In fact, just recently Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex extended its operating hours by two hours. Previously it would close at 5:00 p.m., now it stays open until 7:00 p.m. (through Sept. 1), so your ticket value has increased. The parking fees may seem trivial, but it helps tourist to know that incidentals, such as food and parking, must be accounted for.
Capone’s Offers Free Parking
Capone’s Dinner & Show continues to offer free parking for cars, motorcycles, tour buses and handicapped parking. A few other smaller attractions, such as Gatorland, still do too. Other Orlando dinner shows, including Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament and Pirates Dinner Adventure have resisted the temptation to charge for parking as well. Let’s hear it for the dinner show attractions! Free parking (and ticket includes food)!
If you are planning a vacation to Orlando, make sure you save a night for Capone’s Dinner & Show. For almost the same cost as your parking expense at one of the major attractions, you can purchase a child’s ticket (or an adult ticket at valet price) at Capone’s. Be sure to purchase your tickets online, where you’ll pay only half price! Unlike many other Central Florida attractions that let resellers handle their tickets, Capone’s deals directly with the customer. Without the middle man, they can offer their own discounted attraction tickets without the additional expense or hassle.
Park yourself at Capone’s Dinner & Show. For a little over 2 hours, you and your family will have a blast. It’s great to know a good entertainment value still exists for tourists, Florida residents and us locals that enjoy a dinner & a show.