Here’s an interesting statistic that I was recently made aware of. According to the Marketing guru for Tasty Bite, Lisa Dominish; “YouTube is the leader in online video and the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience”.
• 71.3M people visit per month
• Teens and young adult 12-34
• Less affluent
• Not College educated
Alright, so the final three out of those five stats didn’t jazz me either and it’s… Continue
Added by Ty Sullivan on August 31, 2009 at 6:14pm —
Hey there folks! My name is Ray and I'm new comer to this sight. I find it very intertesting that in these times we in this industry must look for new ways to improve and maximize our profit potential. I pose a question for all Restaurant and bar owners and managers, What do you feel you could do to maximize your profit potential and increase your walk in business?
Last week, we got the Q4 and full year earnings of Burger King (BKC) and on August 20th, the Q2 earnings of Popeye’s (AFCE). Burger King reported disappointing sales comparables—US/Canada down 4.5%, while AFCE was one of the very rare chain restaurant universe gainers—up 4.3%.
We were intrigued as to why such a large sales performance difference.
Neither chain reported comparables components-traffic and average check, and check sub components, price and mix. AFCE said… Continue
Operating a business is challenging. I've managed software companies and restaurants and there was never a shortage of difficult decisions to make. I want to share a story about a choice I made, how it cost me my job, and how I was rewarded for it.
I was managing a restaurant near Rockefeller Center in New York City many years ago. It was the first week of December and business was crazy (as it always is that time of year). The owner came in to visit and dropped a bombshell on me. He… Continue
Well, maybe not always, but how about at least treating them as such.
I would first like to apologize to the Fohboh Community for disappearing for the last three or four weeks. My mother had been diagnosed with liver and pancreatic cancer a few months ago and rather quickly regressed from a fairly healthy senior, to a hostice patient, to her eventual death the week before last.
I often hear waiters say restaurant work is far removed from how they view themselves professionally. Most of them are trying to make a living, and have plans of some day landing a "real job."
Some were once employed in other professions, and now feel that they have lost a certain measure of their worth. Almost all are disenchanted, and often complain and grumble their way through the night. They are literally 'waiting' until something better comes along.
Usually, at this time of year, parents are rejoicing and the kids are wondering how the summer passed by so quickly. You've probably loaded up on backpacks, notebooks and a whole new wardrobe for the kids, glad to send them off to learn something more than X Box skills.
While most of the country goes back to school right after Labor Day, down here in Florida the kids went back this week with most returning to classes this past Tuesday. The private… Continue
I just watched the video of Chef Gordon Ramsey on Jimmy Kimmel Show earlier this week chatting about puffins, you know the cute little birds (see photo). Ramsey was sky fishing in Iceland on his British TV show, The F Word and was filmed catching the puffins and eating it's freshly killed raw heart.
Ghostbuster, Blues Brother, Saturday Night Live’s Dan Aykroyd is coming to Baltimore on Friday, September 11th to Cranbrook Liquors to promote his Crystal Head Vodka. Entrepreneural Aykroyd, whose interest in the spirit world is both literal and figurative, with his Dan Aykroyd Wines, Patron Tequila, and his Crystal Head Vodka as well as his interest in the supernatural, will be meeting the public and signing bottles of his vodka from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
(Note to my FohBoh friends and colleagues : I had some family issues last week and was off the radar, therefore, no column. Finally getting caught up).
I have been out of college almost 25 years, and out of high school, almost 30. However, each year at this time, I always try to look at school supply
lists. I have always loved school and office supplies.
One item that always intrigues me is : "NO TRAPPER KEEPERS." (reminds me of the line in "Mommie Dearest" 'No… Continue
The chart of the week is the monthly milk production change compared to the prior year. As one can tell from the chart, it’s been a long time since we have experienced a decline in milk output. How long? How about sixty months or five years! It’s been a great run for milk production but the trend is almost certainly coming to an end. Milk production during June and July were only up fractionally from the previous year and that is due in a large part to relatively cool weather relieving stress… Continue
Restaurants have the ability to create their own custom web video to train and motivate employees. There is no reason to invest in expensive, polished, and highly staged video production companies to produce this much needed content.
There are video cameras on the market that cost less than $300, shoot in high definition, and plug directly into a computer's USB port. Get creative, be resourceful, and tap into your staff's innate connection to media making… Continue
We all have to have a career…how we define our career is what sets us apart and makes us either happy or, well, not so happy.
A career is needed to provide an income
A career is needed and frankly it is healthy, provides direction and organization
A career is one of the places where we meet others and expand our network
A career doesn’t have to be bad and it doesn’t have to be defined by someone else, it can be defined by you.
I stopped calling myself a waiter about a year ago. It's changed the way I see myself, in all areas of my life. I now refer to myself as a server, and it is opening my eyes.
Titles are powerful.
I work with waiters, though. They stand around waiting until their first tables arrive, and then count the hours until their shift ends. They wait for their guests to order; they don't have any personal insights into the menu. They wait to be told about the… Continue
Red Lobster will nix low-price specials and focus on flourishes like plating in order to reshape itself as a cut above dine-i -More-
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Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) and Golden Gate Capital today announced that Golden Gate has completed the acquisition of the Red Lobster business and certain other related assets and assumed liabilities for approximately $2.1 billion in cash.
Dunkin' Donuts announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchisees, Brian and Sharon Weidendorf, to develop seven restaurants in Duluth, Minnesota and the surrounding areas. The first restaurant is planned to open in spring 2015.
If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.
Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out.
When he was young, artist Shih Chieh Huang loved taking toys apart and perusing the aisles of night markets in Taiwan for unexpected objects. Today, this TED Fellow creates madcap sculptures that seem to have a life of their own—with eyes that blink, tentacles that unfurl and parts that light up like bioluminescent sea creatures.
Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries.