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Is Your Restaurant Marketing Effective?

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Joe Welsh. You can visit his profile here.

Recently, several casual dining restaurant chains have announced that they are “exploring options” or slowing their growth pattern for additional stores.  The reasons they site are declining customer traffic and the resulting impact on quarterly profits. What’s going on with this trend and how does the restaurant owner react…

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Added by FohBoh on December 20, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments


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Evaluate What Your Restaurant Is Lacking to Become More Successful

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Jules Dalsey. You can visit his profile here.

For business owners, it’s easy to sit back and examine the successful parts of your business. You may applaud your…

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Added by FohBoh on December 17, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments


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Career Development Questions Interviewers ask Restaurant Managers

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Robert Krzak. You can visit his profile here.

Many job seekers search the web looking for the right answers to their interview questions. As a career coach I understand the motivation, but this is the wrong thing to do.

Each management candidate is a unique person. They have their own strengths and weaknesses. Their skills sets are unique…

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Added by FohBoh on December 17, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments


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Top 5 Features of the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA)

This post was originally written by the FohBohists at Waitrainer. You can visit their profile here.

An advocate, advisor, community, and resource for foodservice organizations in Texas, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) represents the food & hospitality industry state-wide. Founded in 1937, its focus is on advocating for and improving overall profitability of Texas…

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Added by FohBoh on December 12, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments


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Personal Questions Interviewers May ask Restaurant Managers

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Robert Krzak. You can visit his profile here.

Even managers with experience can be caught off guard by some of today’s Hiring Managers or company reps. The manager’s ability to handle these questions in a professional and calm manner can mean the difference between landing a dream job and hitting a ceiling in your career.

It is not the Hospitality…

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Added by FohBoh on December 10, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments


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Turn Your Customers Into a Community

This post was originally written by the FohBohists at Waitrainer. You can visit their profile here.

Marketing today is about selling to your customers by learning to listen to them. Digital interaction between customers and brands is dramatically changing the face of marketing. Today, customers have more opportunity to influence the products and services available to them. In the age of social…

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Added by FohBoh on December 10, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments


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Tip and Tax Compliance

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Jerry Prendergast. You can visit his profile here.

I have been opening restaurants for almost 25 years.  Over time the ability of operators to skirt the tip allocation laws and under report income for their staff has been reduced.  With the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and the need to subsidize under income producing citizens it has become even more…

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Added by FohBoh on December 9, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments


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The Fight Against Trans Fat & What It Could Mean For Your Restaurant

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Jules Dalsey. You can visit his profile here.

Last month, in November, the Federal Drug Administration proposed a plan to ban partially hydrogenated oils. These oils, also known as trans fats, are linked to several health issues such as heart attacks, heart disease, and other cardiovascular implications. According to the …

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Added by FohBoh on December 9, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments


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Restaurant Marketing with Your Menu

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Joe Welsh. You can visit his profile here.

Restaurant Marketing Plans 2014 – Your Menu

As you move forward into 2014, there are many ways to improve the profitability of your restaurant. One of them is with your menu. It is your highway to profitability. Every one of your customers and potential customers looks at it.

If you keep that…

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Added by FohBoh on December 6, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments


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40 Personal Job Interview Questions for Managers

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Robert Krzak. You can visit his profile here.

Even managers with experience can be caught off guard by some of today’s Hiring Managers or company reps. The manager’s ability to handle these questions in a professional and calm manner can mean the difference between landing a dream job and hitting a ceiling in your career.

It is not the Hospitality…

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Added by FohBoh on December 5, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments


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Holiday Wine Buying Tips

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Fred Favole. You can visit his profile here.

As a foodservice professional I feel an obligation to share 9 inside the bar tips, insights and educational quips about buying wine & spirits during the Holiday Season.

 

1.Beverage purchasing agents should not buy everything they sample.                                              …

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Added by FohBoh on December 5, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments


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More or Less Suppliers: Which is Better for your Restaurant?

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Ian Said. You can visit his profile here.

In the foodservice industry a vast number of critical decisions have to be made. One of those decisions owners must decide on is how many suppliers they are going to utilize for their restaurants. Is it better to have a few, select suppliers or a vast number of them? The following points will assist in answering this…

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Added by FohBoh on December 4, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments


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2014 Food Trends: What You Should Expect In The Year To Come

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Jules Dalsey. You can visit his profile here.

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Although there are trends in every industry, food and restaurant trends seem to be the most unique, exotic, and interesting to follow. Every year, we think we’ve seen it all; fried Twinkies, cronuts (croissant/donut hybrids), and bacon wrapped…

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Added by FohBoh on December 2, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments


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What Goes on behind Closed (Kitchen) Doors: A Guide to the Restaurant Inspection Process and How Keep Your Restaurant Open for Business

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Cess Padilla. You can visit her profile here.

The food inspection report that is posted on a restaurant’s premises may mark the beginning of a fruitful client-customer relationship. It can pave way for another visit, or send customers running for the hills. Unless you’re conscious about your health and that of your family, whatever is written in the said report…

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Added by FohBoh on November 27, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments


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Riding Purchasing Off the Rails

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Fred Favole. You can visit his profile here.

You would be surprised  (unless you get to see as many procurement departments as I do)  just how many companies today are not able to identify savings opportunities.

Many of these…

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Added by FohBoh on November 27, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments


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Restaurant Marketing Trends for 2014: Mobilizing Your Website

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Jules Dalsey. You can visit his profile here.

According to new survey data gathered by the email marketing giant, Constant Contact, the ‘mobile-ready website’ train has already left the station. By this, we mean that business trends for 2014 are pointing towards, yes you guessed it: mobile compatibility.

In fact, an estimated 58% of…

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Added by FohBoh on November 25, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments


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Sports – A Restaurant’s Best Friend?

You’ve got plenty of material related to your restaurant to post about on Facebook, Twitter, etc., but you can’t just post about your food and specials – you have to vary it up to connect with more customers. So what else is there to talk about? The best topics should (a) not be controversial, (b) appeal to the vast majority of your audience and (c) capture your customers’ (and potential customers’) attention and passion. One topic fits the bill in spades – sports.

People, by and…

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Added by Stewart Anderson on November 22, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments


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Twitter’s Biggest Problem – and How It Affects Your Restaurant

Twitter’s been in the news a lot recently for its IPO, in which it will have a 10-figure valuation (even though it operates at a significant loss). Despite this momentous milestone, Twitter faces a significant issue – and it affects every single Twitter user.

Twitter is simple – you follow people and their tweets show up in your stream – and that’s a large part of its appeal. However, as time goes on, users naturally start following more and more people. What started out as a…

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Added by Stewart Anderson on November 20, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments


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OpenMenu

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Just wondering how many restaurants understand the power of OpenMenu.

OpenMenu is a free service that allows a restaurant to enter your menu in a space that integrates with your existing website as well as your Facebook page.…

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Added by Mark Moreno on November 14, 2013 at 8:39am — No Comments


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Why Restaurants Should Use Social Photo Sharing

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Savanna Eckenrode. You can visit her profile here.

Restaurants are constantly striving to attract new customers and to retain former customers. In our social media…

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Added by FohBoh on November 13, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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Taco Bell takes on fast casual with U.S. Taco Co.

Taco Bell will test a new fast-casual concept called U.S. Taco Co.  -More

Avocados From Mexico: All New Recipe Brochure
Looking for the sweet spot between indulgence and fresh appeal? Say yes to fresh Avocados from Mexico, all year long. So rich and creamy, use them as a substitute for mayo to create a craveable crab salad sandwich that will make others green with envy. Discover more culinary inspirations and recipes here!

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Ronald McDonald is giving off less of a clown vibe with a makeover that keeps the color scheme but adds a blazer, a yellow ve -More

Animal fats ramp up flavor

Chicago hot spots are serving up savory dishes flavored with animal fats such as Stephanie Izard's confit goat belly at Girl  -More

JOBS & CAREERS

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National News

Dunkin' Brands Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth of 1.2% - Added 96 net new restaurants worldwide including 69 net new Dunkin' Donuts in the U.S. - Revenue increased 6.2%

Hurricane Grill & Wings Signs Franchise And Multi-Unit Development Agreements For Additional 22 Units

Hurricane Grill & Wings, a restaurant franchise known for its never-frozen jumbo wings and more than 35 signature flavors, announced today the signing of five multi-unit development agreements, representing 22 new locations. The Florida-based brand opened two locations in early 2014, with plans for a total of 14 new units by the end of the year.

Dunkin' Donuts Announces Plans For 20 New Restaurants In South Orange County And The San Fernando Valley

Dunkin' Donuts announced today the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with two new franchise groups to develop 20 new restaurants in South Orange County and the San Fernando Valley area over the next several years.

Brinker International Reports Increases In Third Quarter Fiscal 2014 EPS And Comparable Restaurant Sales

Earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, increased 16.7 percent to $0.84 compared to $0.72 for the third quarter of fiscal 2013

Togo's Inks Deals In Idaho And Utah To Develop 13 New Restaurants

Togo's Eateries, Inc. announced it has signed franchise agreements to develop five restaurants in Eastern Idaho and eight locations in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2014, the brand will also mark its entry into Colorado, Idaho, and Utah with restaurant openings planned over the next few months.

CROWD FUNDING

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.

TED TALKS VIDEO

TED: James Patten: The best computer interface? Maybe ... your hands - James Patten (2013)

"The computer is an incredibly powerful means of creative expression," says designer and TED Fellow James Patten. But right now, we interact with computers, mainly, by typing and tapping. In this nifty talk and demo, Patten imagines a more visceral, physical way to bring your thoughts and ideas to life in the digital world, taking the computer interface off the screen and putting it into your hands.

TED: Hamish Jolly: A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think) - Hamish Jolly (2013)

Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.

TED: Michel Laberge: How synchronized hammer strikes could generate nuclear fusion - Michel Laberge (2014)

Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatures and crushing pressure. In this hopeful talk, he explains how nuclear fusion might be just around the corner.

TED: Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win - Sarah Lewis (2014)

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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