Tom Powers the dream maker and serial entrepreneur, hosts of the new Discovery Channel show Bar Hunters. His track record speaks for itself, Tom has been in the restaurant industry since the early 1990s, he has created success for himself and gone on to help other hopeful business men and women create their dreams. It’s all about never giving up and Tom is going to join us today to talk about his new show, his success, how he has done it and how you can to.
A restaurant industry insider since the early 1990s, expert Tom Powers started his career at Chicago’s famed MARCHE restaurant. Climbing the restaurant rungs quickly, he advanced to General Manager of this Windy City restaurant in only 7 months, driving sales from $3 million in it’s first year to over $6 million in it’s third.
Riding the tidal wave of success, he set out on his own, opening and operating Harvest on Huron, which was voted 1997’s Best New Restaurant by the Chicago Tribune. Harvest went on to achieve both financial and culinary success, featured in publications such as Food and Wine, Saveur, Gourmet, Wine Spectator and Crain’s.
It wasn’t long before future restaurateurs sought out Tom Powers as a consultant in the restaurant and bar arena. With a wealth of understanding about what it takes to make a space successful, Tom sought out challenging locations and concepts, pioneering neighborhoods as they began their revitalization.
Tom understands the opportunity in a space, developing the layout of a proper service environment and building the food, beverage and service programs. With this knowledge in hand, he successfully guided 26 restaurants and bars to their opening day between 1993 and 2010.
In October 2010 he launched the foodie acclaimed Gastrotommy.com (An online guide to the cultured world of food and wine). This website has secured a prestigious position within the wine and food community.
Tom is a certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and a respected lecturer in the industry, giving classes throughout the United States and Europe for over 20 years.
Tom lives in Chicago with his wife Kara and son Michael.
BARHUNTERS Premieres Mon Oct 21 10/9c