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To Eat or Not to Eat After a Stomach Virus

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Your stomach virus has probably run its course and you’re feeling kind of hungry. Are you…

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Added by Cess Padilla on April 15, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments


Non-Operator
Have You Seen the "Triumphant" Return of Amy's Baking Company to Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares?

Yes, everyone's "favorite" operators made their return recently to Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares after last year's shocking episode turned into the worst possible viral publicity for the restaurant.

It's been a rough year or so for the Bouzaglos - their Yelp and social media pages were all inundated with negative reviews and complaints following the airing…

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Added by Stewart Anderson on April 17, 2014 at 9:23am — 1 Comment

It's a bit too Quiet...

It's all a bit too quiet, said the man. When he opened his doors and there were no customers, what then? He prepped food, staffed appropriately, trimmed the pruned the landscape and cleaned the bathrooms. Yet, no one came. What now?



This could be a journal entry made by a restaurateur from a small village in Tuscany, or an operator in Dallas. When customers just stop coming to dine, then what? What if it just suddenly or even gradually became quiet and not necessarily as a result of… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on April 7, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments


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Google Glass for Chefs

Found this on Eater and wanted to share...As the turf war between Google Glass enthusiasts and everyone else is heating up, LA food truck king Roy…

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Added by FohBoh on March 17, 2014 at 9:36am — No Comments


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Quality Control Tips for Restaurants

We only have one stab at making a good, lasting impression for our customers. It’s either you make or break it—and it certainly rings true for any brand as much as it does for people. If a customer goes through something awful during their first visit at your restaurant, then people…

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Added by Cess Padilla on February 26, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments


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Foodservice Lessons From The Sochi Games

Is your foodservice organization ready to annihilate the competition leading to the total destruction of their most profitable menu item?    
Creating the proper “supersport” attitude requires advanced culinary-purchasing Olympic teamwork. It takes more than just the rocket science…
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Added by Fred Favole on February 16, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments


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Digital Marketing Trends for Hotels - Infographic

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Added by FohBoh on January 14, 2014 at 10:03am — No Comments

Making Decisions is Getting Tougher and Tougher in a Faster and Faster Business Envionment

Feeling ok about reversing a "good" decision.

It's all a roll of the dice isn't it. There are no absolutes in life or in business, so why do we languish about decisions made or become indecisive when the time comes…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on January 9, 2014 at 1:47pm — 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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4 Mistakes Your Restaurant is Making in Social Media

No one is perfect. And, when it comes to restaurant social media, the same is true. While perfection isn't necessarily the goal (you'll never get there, and neither will I!), there are certainly some mistakes that can and should be avoided. …

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Added by Matt White on July 30, 2013 at 8:42am — No Comments

Habits Your Managers Have That Kill Employee Productivity

Like any human, managers make the occasional mistake.  Some mistakes are easily fixed, while others have lasting consequences.  Mistakes that kill employee productivity are especially costly, both to the team and to the organization as a whole.

 

Many productivity-killing mistakes are made in good faith; managers believe that their team really does have things “figured out” or that they’ve judged a situation correctly.  That’s why it’s so important for hospitality managers to…

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Added by Robert Krzak on July 30, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Worlds 10 Strangest Theme Restaurants

Ever dined with monkeys? Ever eat 13 feet underwater?

Restaurant owners: find some of the worlds strangest here:

Strangest Restaurant Around The World

 

Brought to you by Liberty Capital Group, Via Fox Business News…

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Added by Jules Dalsey on July 24, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments


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Delicious Ideas And Inspiration For Planning Your Fall Menu

As we enter into late summer, chefs and restaurant owners are starting to plan and create their fall menus to entice and delight customers.

Fall is an ideal time to celebrate the bountiful harvests of the season, which brings with it an abundance of hearty vegetables, such as squashes and gourds, potatoes, and parsnips, as well as delicious and sweet fruits like apples, pomegranates and pears.

And as temperatures cool down, the fall season is also a time when Chefs can put fun,…

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Added by Barry Chandler on July 23, 2013 at 12:50pm — No Comments


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Kindness is Contagious

Love this! 

We do something similar at our church each year around Christmastime, called "You've Been Gifted," where the idea is to do random acts of kindness for others to share a little example of why we celebrate Christmas.

What I love about the "Chick-fil-A Drive Thru Difference" is the fact that it's not tied…

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Added by Matt White on July 17, 2013 at 8:25am — No Comments


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Why Fewer Menu Items is Better for Your Restaurant Business

While it may be tempting to offer your customers a large selection of menu items, it is actually far more profitable for your business to limit your menu. Read on for insight into why less is more when it comes to menus. 

Fewer Items, Fresher…

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Added by Ian Said on July 15, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments


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Yelp Adding Food Delivery Service

Everyone's least favorite online review site is adding food delivery service in an effort to try and keep businesses onboard:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-09/yelp-adds-food-delivery-services-to-site-through-partnerships.html

Will it work? Will it help Yelp turn around its, how do I say this diplomatically, "less than ideal" image in…

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Added by FohBoh on July 10, 2013 at 8:32am — 1 Comment

Cultivating Your Top Managers to Increase Retention Rates

When it comes to staffing key positions in any company, finding great people is only half the battle –keeping them is the other half.  To increase retention rates, cultivate managers with solid skills, experience, and the personal traits necessary to thrive within your company’s culture.

 

Five ways to improve talent management and increase retention include:

 

  • Use effective mentoring programs.  Effective mentoring programs offer more than just…
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Added by Robert Krzak on July 9, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments


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5 Ways Restaurants Can Leverage The New Instagram Videos

Just last week, Instagram introduced its new video feature. Users of Instagram can now take videos up to 15 seconds long.

This was released In hopes of competing with Vine, a video clip sharing app, which was released on January 24th by Twitter. Just like with Vine, the…

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Added by Barry Chandler on June 26, 2013 at 6:15am — No Comments


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Choice Beef Cuts Increase in Cost

Now that summer is here, many people look forward to enjoying grilled meats. But the price of wholesale beef has gone up at least 5 percent and there’s no indication that this cost will decrease any time soon. The higher costs are a growing concern for both consumers and the restaurant industry.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the latest numbers show ground beef at an average of $3.31 per pound. This is a 32 cent increase per pound from May of 2012. However,…

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Added by Aprons & Smocks on June 27, 2013 at 9:09am — No Comments


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Does Your Restaurant Marketing Have A Rainy Day Fund?

Last night I went out for dinner to a local restaurant and had my meal on their outdoor deck. It was a great night, about 70 degrees, no wind and just a great night to sit out and enjoy a meal. During the course of the night, the owner “Dutch” stopped by our table to see how everything was going. My wife had mentioned to him that dining on the deck was such a wonderful experience and that it was probably a great thing for his business. Dutch’s reply was one that hit a chord with…

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Added by Joe Welsh on June 22, 2013 at 7:00am — 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!

Ronald McDonald gets a makeover for social media debut

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

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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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