November 2011 Blog Posts (41)


Non-Operator
Code of the West

I have

lived up, down, in the middle and on both sides of the USA, but I was raised in

the West. I’m not a farmer or rancher, but as I was growing up I had a chance

to spend some time “learning the ropes” from my relatives who…

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Added by Chase Leblanc on November 11, 2011 at 12:19pm — No Comments


Non-Operator
Private Equity and Restaurants Inventory, 2011 Update

Private Equity and Restaurants Inventory, 2011 Update

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Added by John A. Gordon on November 10, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment


Non-Operator
Holiday Blues - Fighting Back

Face it, the odds are against us.  Whether we own, manage, or work in an independent restaurant, the odds are roughly 2:1 that the business will be closed within a few years.  Drive around …of the restaurants that you see, how many have been around for 10 or more years?  Now think about those that have come and gone during that same ten years.  Like it or not, probability is that you are going to go out of business and lose a bundle of money doing it. 

On the plus side, once you get…

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Added by Paul Letendre on November 10, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment


Non-Operator
Forbes names its Seven most powerful foodies

Everybody knows there are some restaurant patrons who move the industry’s needle more than others. Last week…

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Added by Barry Chandler on November 9, 2011 at 3:53pm — 1 Comment


Non-Operator
Menu strategies that can save you money

Saving cash in the kitchen can impact your bottom line in countless ways. It can free-up funding to maintain staff, increase training or improve design. Perhaps you can finally hire that social media marketing company  you’ve had your eye on.

 

Here a few…

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Added by Barry Chandler on November 9, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Restaurants: The No Cold Call Zone

To suggest that restaurants are busy is like saying college football is loud. Whether they're serving delicious food at breakneck speed or struggling with random and unexpected dilemmas, restaurants shed new light to the term-busy. The phone rings in the background, with potential customers inquiring about the hours, or calling to reserve tables. In the perfect world, this…

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Added by James on November 8, 2011 at 7:15pm — 1 Comment

Online Commentary = Valuable Insights into Your Restaurant

By now, you have realized that your restaurant or brand needs to be active on social platforms, that you need to be monitoring conversations about your brand online and that you need to be building relationships with your guests on social sites. If you didn’t know any of these aspects, or understand the importance of them, let’s have a side conversation about the importance of social media.

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Added by Emerald Reilly on November 8, 2011 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Did You Know Your Franchise Has an App?

Last week I presented on DeMystifying Mobile for restaurants with the awesome founder of Talent Revolution, Amanda Hite at the People Report Best Practices Conference.  I thought I’d share some of the things we presented that the audience found interesting.

 

In researching the current state of Mobile use in the restaurant industry I came across something really interesting.  Larger restaurant…

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Added by Jill McFarland on November 8, 2011 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Severe Weather Events can mean opportunity for the properly prepared Restaurant Owner

I am resident of Connecticut and over the past three months we have been hit by two major storms, Hurricane Irene and recently Winter Storm Alfred. Hurricane Irene resulted in property damage along the coast line and power outages throughout the state,  as one would expect with a hurricane.  Freak snow storm Alfred, which dumped a 8…
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Added by Brandon Munson on November 7, 2011 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Herman Cain - Your 15 minutes are up!

Politically, I am at the intersection of Republican and Democrat without being a registered independent. I am conflicted and concerned, frequently using #sickofdc when posting Tweets. I get the angst of those choosing to “Occupy Wall Street” and think stalemate and b******* when discussing those part-timers in Washington called Congressmen and Senators. I get seriously annoyed and frustrated with the growing list of Presidential candidates that we get to choose from. Really? This is the short… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on November 7, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments


Non-Operator
The 10 most controversial restaurant policies

Here is an interesting read from the Huffington Post’s food department. The article offers up what it considers to be some of the most contentious industry…

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Added by Barry Chandler on November 6, 2011 at 5:17am — 6 Comments


Non-Operator
The most popular Facebook pages

Everybody loves a good poll, right? Allfacebook.com has posted an “engagement ranking,” and here are the top pages listed in order of interactions. Total fans are listed in…

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Added by Barry Chandler on November 6, 2011 at 5:10am — No Comments


Non-Operator
Starting hires on the right track

The magazine Entrepreneur published a nice post yesterday with ways to help get new employees started in right direction. The basic gist is that it is critical to create a detailed structure for what you expect of them as soon as they are on…

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Added by Barry Chandler on November 6, 2011 at 5:07am — No Comments


Non-Operator
What Wal-Mart (gasp) can teach us about social media

Recently Wal-Mart announced a partnership with Facebook in which it would create individual pages on the social networking site for each of its 3,500+ locations…

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Added by Barry Chandler on November 6, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments


Non-Operator
How bars and restaurants are using the iPad

There may be no better example for the remarkable reputation of the late Steve Jobs than the iPad. The tablet seemingly went from “Why do we need that?” to “I can’t live without it” in a matter of minutes. It further cemented the feeling in some circles that Apple and Jobs knew what the consumer needed before…

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Added by Barry Chandler on November 6, 2011 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

5 Step Profit Improvement - how many can you can use?

This looks at a 'no profit' business but the process applies just as well for a profitable business that wants more. Feedback very welcome...

Added by Ken Burgin on November 5, 2011 at 3:43pm — No Comments

A server walks into a restaurant...

By James Keil, Sr. VP of Sales

Stop us if you've heard this one before. A new server walks into a restaurant and the following hilarity (that's sarcasm, folks) ensues...

Server: I'm so excited to join this restaurant!

Manager: You should be! We have a strong training culture…

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Added by Waitrainer on November 4, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Online Ordering: Convenience & Limitations

Last year, Georgetown Bagelry added online ordering to its website. Since then, many of you have ordered your bagels online. Whether it’s to avoid the lines or to plan ahead, online ordering is a great benefit to our customers. To make it easier for you to plan ahead for big orders, we’ve added online ordering…

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Added by Mary Beall Adler on November 4, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments


Operator
5 Strategies For Keeping Fit That Actually Work During The Holidays

There’s a reason why more people give up on their diet programs or workout regimens in December than any other time of the year…the holidays.  With office parties, family gatherings, last-minute shopping and other interferences, staying true to one’s self can be a burden. 

 

Mark Myers, fitness services manager of Spectrum Athletic Clubs in El Segundo, offers these 5 strategies for maintaining your diet and fitness goals during the hectic holiday…

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Added by Groff-Hinman on November 3, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments


Non-Operator
Nutrition on Hotel Menus

A few years ago the National Restaurant Association reported that48% of the average American household food budget is spent dining out.  That’s pretty high for an average, but some of us eat out far more than the average person, in particular those of us on the road.  Those of you who I see around the restaurant trade show circuit know what I am talking about; eating three meals a day (at least, sometimes there are happy hours and parties) either in…

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Added by Alyson Mar, RD on November 2, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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National Restaurant Association and EatStreet Release Online Ordering Guide

The National Restaurant Association and EatStreet have released a free educational guide focusing on online ordering and emerging restaurant technology trends.

Boyd's Coffee Launches Single-Cup Coffees For Retail And Foodservice

The coffees come in a variety of roast levels and include organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ options: French No. 6®, Red Wagon® Organic Coffee, Good Morning™, Hi-Rev® (delivers more caffeine), and Lost Lake™ Decaf Organic Coffee.

Arby's Announces Development Deals With New And Existing Franchisees

ARG recently sold 14 company-operated restaurants in Tampa, FL to Mosaic Investments, Inc. (Mosaic), a fully integrated investment firm based in Atlanta. In addition to remodeling existing locations slated to commence at the end of 2014, Mosaic has committed to build 13 new Arby's restaurants in the Tampa area over the next nine years.

Smoothie King Appoints Vice President Of Business Development To Drive Brand's Expansion Across The U.S.

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At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?

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Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" positioned 50,000 km from a telescope to enable imaging of planets about distant stars. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."

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