For more than 50 years, the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco has been a destination for Irish coffee. The landmark spot claims to have introduced the hot coffee and Irish whiskey concoction to America in 1952 and boasts on its website that it has served as many as 2,000 in one day. With restaurants nationwide struggling to drive traffic, that kind of reputation can provide a much-needed jolt to the bottom line. Even as Buena Vista has expanded its menu beyond its traditional ...

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