To Mama Wolf: these are my constructive comments do with them what you will. I haven't been in since the changing of the guard (so to speak), but from my observations previously I would have to agree with "forward observer".
First of all as a previous bar manager, I personally would not work the way they do down there... one can not tell who is doing what with what money. There are far to many people with their hands in the till. Bartenders sitting outside, cocktail waitresses tending bar, family running in and out, CHILDREN in the bar at all hours of operation. It does not surprise me one bit that they are not doing well.
Second of all there is no reason to have more than one employee per shift, they don't have the business for that. a cocktail server is nice for the busy times, but at no time should she or he be doing the job of the bartender, in other words his or her hands should never be in the till nor on the books, in fact the server should actually pay the bartender from a till issued at the beginning of the night THEN collect from the patron. The bartender is in charge of the bar, and there should only be one person behind that bar period. Not family, not servers, not friends NO ONE.
Compensate the employees fairly, even though the bulk of the money made by bar employees is through tips. Bartenders always keep their tips, cocktails also keep theirs, it is my analysis that "tip splitting" never works. Random walk in servers are a recipe for disaster, especially unkempt ones..
The food thing is a good idea, however, it is my opinion you should be closed by the health department. I would never eat your food, your employees don't follow even simple health codes. and that is totally unacceptable to me.
Now the things you have going for you. I liked the drawings and theme nights, they were a lot of fun. However when nabbing ideas, schedule them at different times than the competition, don't make people choose between them.
Leave the family drama at home with the family!!!!!! No one really cares and many find it boring to see and hear every time they enter your establishment. I also find it in very poor judgement to have small children running around a bar past 5 pm. A bar, is by definition, an adult activity. Alcohol makes people unpredictable, and impairs judgement, and the words safety issue come to mind. It is not suitable place for children, aside from the obvious safety of the child small children don't need to be subjected to inebriated patrons. I would have assumed that to be common sense and basic parenting, however it would seem that chapter was skipped by some people.