Restaurants & Bars

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Restaurants & Bars Overview

Restaurants and bars are an important part of our society and our culture. They reflect the people who live in their communities, their passions, their stories. Sharing those stories is what we do best. Estes Public Relations can help you define your story and share it with your community — and the world.

Services

Media Relations
  • Media relations with targeted local, regional, national and trade outlets
  • Media training for chefs, bartenders and managers
  • Press releases
  • Media alerts
  • Media Kits (digital & print)
Social Media
  • Management
  • Monitoring

Consulting
  • Menu and recipe editing
  • Restaurant and bar openings
Event & Promotions
  • On-site media coordination.
  • On-site social media execution and management.
  • Awards and event submissions.
  • Competition/reality show casting submissions.
  • Regional, national and strategic market media opportunities.
  • Introduction to extensive database of relevant writers and influencers

Experience

Jamie Estes and her team of PR specialists have experience with independent start-up restaurants, hospitality groups, franchises, multi-unit operations and chains. We’ve worked on more than 100 restaurant openings and are experienced in fine dining to fast casual and everything in between!

Clients Past + Present:

  • 40 Sardines | Kansas City
  • 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen | Louisville, KY
  • Acanto | Chicago, IL
  • Against the Grain | Louisville, KY
  • Alex&nder Bar at Copper & Kings Distillery | Louisville, KY
  • Anoosh Bistro | Louisville, KY
  • AZUR Restaurant & Patio | Lexington, KY
  • Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar | Charlotte, NC
  • Barn8 Farm Restaurant & Bourbon Bar at Hermitage Farm | Goshen, KY
  • Big Bad Breakfast | Louisville, KY
  • Big Jones | Chicago, IL
  • Bluestem | Kansas City, MO
  • Bouquet Restaurant, Covington, KY
  • Butchertown Grocery | Louisville, KY
  • Decca Restaurant | Louisville, KY
  • Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar | Louisville, KY
  • Ed’s Seafood Shack | Spanish Fort, AL
  • EL Ideas | Chicago, IL
  • El Meze | El Prado, NM
  • Etch | Nashville, TN
  • Everyday Kitchen Café | Louisville, KY
  • Fork & Barrel and Morning Fork | Louisville, KY
  • freight house | Paducah, KY
  • Grace Restaurant | St. Petersburg, FL
  • Haymaker | Charlotte, NC
  • Kinkead’s | Washington, DC
  • L’Etoile | Madison, WI
  • Late Harvest Kitchen | Indianapolis, IN
  • Lily’s Bistro, Louisville, KY
  • LouVino | Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio
  • Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar | Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Lucky Beach | Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Mabel Gray | Detroit, MI
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse | Louisville, KY
  • Noche Mexican BBQ | Louisville, KY
  • North of Bourbon | Louisville, KY
  • Nosedive | Greenville, SC
  • Panini Pete’s | Fairhope, AL
  • Parcel 32 | Charleston, SC
  • Perennial Virant | Chicago, IL
  • Pizza Lupo | Louisville, KY
  • Porcini | Louisville, KY
  • Proof on Main | Louisville, KY
  • Quartino | Chicago, IL
  • River Oaks | Memphis, TN
  • Rye | Leawood, KS
  • Saltine | Jackson, MS
  • Saul Good | Lexington, KY
  • Seviche | Louisville, KY
  • Shagbark Restaurant | Richmond, VA
  • Soby’s | Greenville, SC
  • Squid Ink | Mobile Bay, AL
  • Sunset Pointe | Fairhope, AL
  • SupperClub Southend | Charlotte, NC
  • The Establishment | Charleston, SC
  • The English Grill | Brown Hotel | Louisville, KY
  • The Gage | Chicago, IL
  • The House of Marigold, Louisville, KY
  • The Lazy Goat | Greenville, SC
  • The Shaw Bijou | Washington, DC
  • The Trellis | Williamsburg, VA
  • TRU | Chicago, IL
  • Tupelo Honey Cafe | Virginia Beach, VA
  • Two Graces | St. Petersburg, FL
  • Union Common | Nashville, TN
  • Waldo’s Chicken & Beer | Louisville, KY
  • Wild Eggs | Louisville, KY
  • Hawthorn Innovations | Full Service Creative Agency for the Food & Beverage Industry

At Estes Public Relations, we relish any opportunity to play a role in promoting a brand or business — and for our restaurant clients specifically, it’s an honor to be able to take some of the work off their plates. With more than 20 years of experience opening more than 175 restaurants across the country, having the privilege to be trusted to help so many respected restaurateurs turn their culinary dreams to reality is….*chef’s kiss*

When Louisville entrepreneurs and husband and wife Kris and Adrienne Cole reached out to Estes Public Relations in January 2023, with plans to open their very own elevated, Southern comfort full-service breakfast and lunch concept, The House of Marigold, in March — less than five months from building acquisition to opening — we gladly accepted the challenge with a tried & true plan in hand.

With the goal of attracting media attention and establishing The House of Marigold as a top local hotspot in the thriving Louisville dining scene, Estes Public Relations designed and executed a robust grand opening PR strategy that included coordinating pre-opening events for media, influencers, friends and family; creating local media buzz to fill the restaurant in the opening weeks; securing several TV appearances with WDRB, WHAS and WLKY, and providing on-air media training; generating national attention for new restaurant lists; and more.

The House of Marigold garnered wide-ranging media attention before the grand opening and throughout the months following from Louisville Business First, LOUtoday, The Courier Journal, StyleBlueprint, LEO Weekly and other outlets; was recognized as one of the city’s hottest spots in the first half of 2023 and quickly became one of the most sought-after tables in the city with long waits expected by guests who were willing to do so. The House of Marigold earned more than 20 media mentions in February and March, with their grand opening on March 25, 2023. Local media called it one of Louisville’s most Instagrammable places and Southern Living named it Kentucky’s Best New Restaurant in 2024. National media including The Local Palate, Fodor’s Travel,FSR Magazine and Plate Magazine shared coverage of the grand opening, and both local and national media continue to seek out visiting the restaurant for story coverage.

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From Kansas City, Missouri, to Washington, D.C., Estes Public Relations takes pride in the restaurants & bars we’ve represented, the communities we’ve learned from, and the media we’ve connected with along the way. Although our clientele spans across regions, our home base of Louisville, Kentucky will always hold a special place in our hearts.

In July 2021, Big Bad Breakfast — a distinctive breakfast concept founded by James Beard award-winning chef and author John Currence with 10 southern locations throughout Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee — retained Estes Public Relations to break into the Louisville market in the iconic former home of Lynn’s Paradise Café.

Estes Public Relations executed a grand opening plan to yield significant local media attention for the new restaurant opening, its signature menu, and restaurant partner, Endeavor Restaurant Group. EPR planned and hosted a media tour & tasting, securing visits from more than 12 local and regional writers; planned and hosted a tour & tasting for more than 20 key planners and tourism officials, including Louisville Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Tourism; and sent an e-blast to 150+ statewide meeting planners. EPR secured TV appearances from WDRB, WLKY and WAVE, along with  placements from Louisville Business First, LEO Weekly, The Courier Journal, Food & Dining, SyleBlueprint, LOUtoday, Today’s Woman, Forbes and more. In addition to promoting Big Bad Breakfast’s first Louisville opening, Estes Public Relations also developed an opening campaign for Big Bad Breakfast’s second Louisville location, garnering additional local and national media attention.