Ian Lindstrom starts BevIntel franchise to help bars and restaurants count drinks

WICHITA — There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but Ian Lindstrom says there is plenty of free booze flowing in Wichita, and he can help bar and restaurant owners stop it.

Lindstrom has purchased the BevIntel franchise for the Wichita territory.

“We help bars and restaurants manage their inventory and their sales better,” he says. “There’s a lot of potential profits there that they don’t even know they’re missing out on.”

Through weekly audits, Lindstrom says he can count inventory and use scales to measure bottles and kegs.

“We count every one of them,” he says. “I can see when they’re pouring a little heavy handed.”

He says he can show how much was sold versus how much is gone.

“I even account for comp drinks and spills that are approved by management. I’m able to generate reports that show how the bar performed.”

The Toronto-based franchise has been featured on the television show “Bar Rescue.”

Lindstrom says most businesses are in the same boat on alcohol profit loss.

“They have about 20 percent losses that they don’t even know that they’re missing,” he says.

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Taste & See owner Jason-Paul Febres to appear on Spike’s “Bar Rescue”

Jason-Paul Febres

WICHITA — Taste & See owner and chef Jason-Paul Febres has always wanted to be on TV, but he couldn’t believe it when he got a call from the Spike television network a couple of months ago.

“They called me, which was surprising. I didn’t even have to call them.”

A Spike representative wondered if Febres might like to discuss appearing as a guest expert on “Bar Rescue,” which is similar to shows such as “Restaurant Impossible” and “Kitchen Nightmares” that feature experts trying to help struggling restaurants.

So Febres submitted a video and did an interview but didn’t allow himself to get his hopes up, so he was shocked when Spike called back to inform him he’d been selected.

“I was freaking out. I jumped out of the shower and was screaming.”

The Caracas, Venezuela, native, came to Wichita in 2006 and says he thinks Spike was interested in him because “Bar Rescue” was looking for a chef with Latin flair.

Though the show helps business owners, it’s not always in the nicest ways possible.

“It is pretty explicit, which is fun,” Febres says. “It’s pretty out there. They like to do everything controversial. Pretty dramatic, ‘Jersey Shore’ style.”

Febres flies to Los Angeles Jan. 7 for a week of filming at a yet-to-be-named restaurant.

He admits he won’t be shy about telling others what to do.

“I’m very particular about the way I run my businesses.”

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