PR Icing on the Cake For Tom & Eddie’s Debut

A great, busy week wrapping up for Inside Edge PR, with much of it revolving around Tom & Eddie’s hugely successful Grand Opening on Friday at the Shops on Butterfield at Yorktown Center in Lombard.

For a PR sampling, simply type “Good Taste Guard” into Google and see what pops up first.

As of this moment, it’s a news release┬áthat I wrote on an unorthodox step that Tom & Eddie’s took to secure an extraordinary “cheeseburger cake” created by La Petite Sweet of Westmont in conjunction with the Grand Opening.

You can also see learn more about the making of the cake in this Q & A that I conducted with La Petite Sweet’s Diane Eenigenburg during Tom & Eddie’s VIP Party. (That’s me, in the photo below, standing on Friday in front of Tom & Eddie’s.)

Clearly, not your run-of-the-mill restaurant debut.
Of course, it’s all for naught if the food isn’t any good.

Fortunately, what is plainly evident is that the food is fantastic, from a positive review by the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel to rave remarks on Tom & Eddie’s Facebook Fan Page.

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Put Time on Your Side, Give Media Notice

If you are opening the doors to your new business on a Thursday, it’s a good idea to spread word of it to the media by Wednesday.

Of course, by Wednesday, I mean the one that falls on the calendar at least four weeks before your Grand Opening. Such advance notice gives the media enough reaction time to pencil your enterprise into its coverage plans.

And depending on the specifics and scope of your business, allowing for even more breathing room (such as two months or more) could provide opportunity for multiple pieces of coverage that build your target market’s anticipation of your product or service to a crescendo.

A recent case in point: outreach that I began last week on behalf of Tom & Eddie’s, a new better-burger restaurant opening in August at The Shops on Butterfield at Yorktown Mall in Lombard.