Parkbench Interview

You are missing out if you haven’t been to one of Lakeville’s newest hot spots, Alibi Drinkery. Alibi Drinkery is located in the historic Lakeville downtown along Holyoke Ave which opened their doors on New Years Eve 2017/18. The atmosphere is very modern but not pretentious as you feel at home as soon as you walk in. The staff was pleasant and prompt to greet me upon entering. I was able to get the two owners to find a break in their hectic schedules to sit down with me for a quick interview.

Describe your business
Lisa describes Alibi Drinkery as a “casual upscale sports bar”. There is a plethora of HD TVs having on the walls and from the ceiling showing both sports and a variety of other entertaining shows. They have charitable gaming with pull-tabs, a full bar with a great selection of beer/wine/liquor, and a vast menu to satisfy every client no matter the age.

What made you decide to open this business?
After looking at a few locations for their future business venture, Lisa and Rico opted for their current location in downtown Lakeville for many reasons. They noted the visible traffic along Holyoke Avenue, the increasing population size of Lakeville, the clientele base, and there was a need for their style of drinkery in Lakeville.

What is something most people don’t know about the business?
Lisa mentioned that their growing catering business is something that most people don’t realize Alibi Drinkery offers. Additionally, Alibi Drinkery is one of a few local catering companies that also have an off-sale liquor license to add to their catering business. This is a great advantage for those customers looking for not only food being catered but also alcohol. Both Rico and Lisa have decades in the entertainment industry including catering so this is right up their alley!

What do you like most about being an entrepreneur?
“We are responsible for our own success and the ability to control our destiny.,” Lisa stated. Rico had said the word “adapt” frequently throughout our interview. Since they are the owners, they can adapt their menus, staff, systems, and marketing based upon what the see occurring with their budget, customer feedback, and overall market trends.
Do you have any advice that you want to share with other entrepreneurs?
“Stick to what you know” and that you will put “your heart and soul into it.” They continued talking about the owner(s) should know what their job entails and be able to do every other job in the business if needed. This goes from being the bookkeeper to cleaning the floors. We also talked about the TV show Bar Rescue where so many bar/restaurant owners start their business because they enjoy drinking or eating but really have no idea on how to manage a business. Thus in the end, these businesses sadly fail due to the owners lack of knowing what is actually going on with their business.

What would your customers say they love most about your business?
“Our cleanliness, fresh ingredients, and consistent customer service,” said both Lisa and Rico. They went on to say many of their past clients from previous businesses they have been a part of have followed them to Alibi Drinkery for support. I personally witnessed the amazing customer service as both the staff and clientele knew each other by names. It was a very warm and personal atmosphere at Alibi Drinkery.

What do you love most about the neighborhood?
We love how welcoming the City of Lakeville is especially the other local businesses. The residents are truly excited to have Alibi Drinkery in the City of Lakeville. Lastly, we love the cute downtown in Lakeville.

Why do you think it’s important for people to shop local?
Rico said that shopping local is a great way to network with other business owners but also to support each other. “When you support local businesses, you support the Lakeville community.” When you do support a small business, you are helping keep the money within the city which in turns adds more value to the community and increases the services for the residents.
Where are your favorite places to go in the neighborhood?
Lisa and Rica mentioned they enjoy frequenting Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant, Mainstreet Coffee & Wine Bar, Lakeville Barbers, Reina’s, and the Lakeville WaterWerks Car Wash. They both said they know most of the owners and feel a close connection to them as they are all small business owners.

Anything exciting going on that customers should know about?
Alibi Drinkery is in the works to expand their outdoor patio to offer up more seating for their human AND canine customers. They are also enhancing their catering business which they have already been expanding quickly. Eventually, they both said they would like to add more Alibi Drinkery locations down the road.

Note: This article is about Alibi Drinkery. Please visit their profile page to find more information and review the business.

Posted on Jun 22
by David Nelson