It seems a bit strange that these tips (below) need reminding. Then again, in a place where pub chains dominate, and the legal climate hasn't always been consistent, you can see the possibility of landlords losing sight of what should be a central concern: Pubs as community centers.
That's always been the ideal. It's what we wanted Rich O's Public House to be 25 years ago, emulating what we thought was taken for granted in locales like the UK.
First the lead ...
Changing face of Britain's pubs as locals band together to save them from closure, by Lewis Panther (Mirror)
Popping to the local in today’s Britain can mean a whole lot more than supping a pint.
With community spirit as much in evidence as the traditional whisky, vodka and gin, you can get a massage, have your bike mended or even find someone to stitch a wedding dress.
The trend might shock diehards. But with pubs going out of business at the rate of 29 a week, it is proving to be one way of saving this much-loved institution, the Sunday People reports ...
... then the list. Can someone around New Albany PLEASE be famous for best (meat) pies?
How to keep your local thriving
Pub is The Hub support group has this advice:
COMMUNITY: Befriend the vicar, council, clubs and sports teams. Get wi-fi and put the pub on Facebook and Twitter.
FOOD & DRINK: Be famous for best pies, pints – even cleanest loos. Work with brewers, farm and butcher suppliers on ranges and pricing – and they’ll help to promote you.
PROFIT: Stocktake regularly and know your income from every single thing you sell.
DIVERSIFY: If a post office, cash machine or library is closing, could you run it from the pub?
ENTERTAIN: Stage regular quiz, open mic, karaoke and fish & chip supper nights.
TRAINING: Keep yourself and your staff regularly drilled.
STAY LEGAL: Keep up to date with latest rules. There is a lot of free advice available.