Your restaurant has an image to present. In addition to the quality of food and the appeal of the environment you offer, your staff members embody an important impression to patrons in your community. And a significant aspect of your employees’ appearance involves the uniforms they wear each day.
Uniforms are important on multiple levels. Not only do they provide a certain look and feel for customers, a specific dress code can also affect the attitude of your staff. If you…
A buddy of mine has been dating. He’s newly returned to the dating scene since his divorce and he’s trying to figure out how to feel less awkward. He, like many people, turned to online options. It’s been a running joke for us for…
Whether you are a restaurant, a distributor, or a tabletop manufacturer, have you ever noticed how there’s a lot of attention focused on selling stuff – whether it’s a steak off from a menu or dinnerware from a catalog. All the attention is focused on how to get to a higher level of sales…..and, ideally, profitability. In today’s economic environment, selling stuff is hard….often very hard….to do. Many times, when the sales effort gets as intense as it is now, what gets…
We all get to that point where we just need a break from Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, our city -- we just need a break from the hustle and bustle of life. A few weeks ago I spent 5 amazing days in Miami, soaking up the sun and warmth that isn't all too common in cloudy, cold Chicago.
Vacations are meant to let you mind wander and sure enough I started pondering those "deep" questions that don't necessarily, on the surface, seem to jive with the idea of vacation: Who am I? What…
Talk about one of our favorite clients! Gabbi and Ed Patrick have been so great to work with in the past years and 7 Style Guides was excited to get to work on the refresh of Gabbi’s website.… Continue
7 Style Guides has begun work on the Sabor Cocina Mexicana brand development and website, there are two restaurants, Woodland Hills and Valencia, the food is unbelievable and the atmosphere is beautiful, everything is hand crafted and… Continue
Do you remember the highly popular ice cream parlors of the 1960’s and 70’s? Most reflected an 1890’s Victorian Era décor but featured lively music and vibrant (almost wild) employees. There was luscious food and deserts that would be considered both wonderfully self-indulgent and grossly unhealthy by today’s food watchdogs.
The most popular of these restaurant businesses was Farrell’s. In 1963, Robert "Bob" Farrell opened the first Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Portland, Oregon.… Continue
When guests come to your restaurant, you should treat them as if they are friends visiting your home. Treating your guests with care and providing an exceptional place for them to enjoy a meal is part of the reason they will come back to your restaurant again. They also expect quality in every aspect of the restaurant. Guests are looking for a value in the things they see, taste and touch, and so providing them with exceptional quality will certainly leave a good taste in their mouths; here are… Continue
Branding. It's hard to describe—but crucial to success. Using the look, feel and sound of your communications to alert your customers to the experience they'll have at your establishment is not only good business practice, it allows you to stand out from the sea of competitors.
Branding your restaurant email campaigns is just as important as branding your menu and your advertisements. Here are five tips that will help you brand your email campaign.
Sorry gang, the battery on my Flip died at the end!
What I didn't get to finish saying was:
"The people that work the hardest to demonstrate to people they CARE will be the most likely to win" and of course to tell you to "Have a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, Tues-day!"
Bringing family and friends to the table and sharing food is what separates us from other life forms; it creates bonds, feelings of love and acceptance. To aid in the ritual of creating meals and breaking bread, I have put together an updated list of cooking and baking classes in the Baltimore and surrounding areas. This time I have set them up by area: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County and Anne Arundel County.
Consumers, especially in the US, have noticed product placement on popular television shows and hit movies; one may have recognized their favorite cereal box on “Seinfeld” or coffee mug on “Friends”. As consumers are still continually blasted with an overwhelming amount of advertising, marketers have been forced to find other outlets to get their brand messages across and product placement is taking the lead.
Every year, marketers/advertisers set their annual budget which includes… Continue
In an effort of full disclosure, I will admit that I love to eat at Johnny Rockets and I used to be a Broadway wannabe.
I was very intrigued by the new Johnny Rockets campaign. They are partnering with the studio behind the new "Fame" movie and promoting a talent contest called "FAME National Talent Search." They are encouraging their guests to show their talents either at contests in Six Flags theme parks, or guests can submit videos on… Continue
A new culinary quarter, branded 5ive Trees, was conceived when four culinary cultures - Italian, Indian, Chinese and Srindian Fusion - all came together during a cookery demonstration at MainStage Crawley Festival on July 4th 2009 in Memorial Gardens, Crawley Town Centre.
5ive Trees: Crawley-by-Gatwick's Culinary Quarter is a new branded concept created by Alan 'Brand' Williamson, the award-winning destination brand developer, in response to the negative impact that the recession is… Continue
Nowadays with all the distractions people use to block out the “real world” as they navigate through their day with their iThings, hand held destructo-games and quick texting, it’s tough to get the attention of all those grumbling bellies making their way past our locations. Street Teaming is a golden opportunity that can be used to attract the interest of those people and more.
The restaurant company I represent is located in the… Continue
One thing this world creates naturally is competition. It’s natural and healthy albeit scary and stressful. At first glance, who wants competition? You’d love to own it all, right? Well, that’s just not going to happen, and that is okay. One of the hardest habits to break is to try to take everything for yourself in business. Not only is it poor practice in life, it’s even poorer practice in business. Competition creates awareness and awareness creates patronage. Patrons can be broken into… Continue
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You know the drill - money is tight so your spouse tells you to not spend too much money. So you start 'brown-bagging-it' to work. You feel a little foolish, maybe a little humiliated, that you’re forced to do this but you have no other choice. So you make up some story for your co-workers like, 'I’m trying a special diet' so you don’t look like a cheap-skate.
Anthony’s Fish Grotto, San Diego’s oldest family-owned and operated seafood restaurant company, is embarking on an ambitious effort to rebrand and remodel its restaurants, including the North Embarcadero flagship location that houses Anthony’s Fish Grotto, Anthony’s Fishette and Anthony’s Star of the Sea Event Center.
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.
Perhaps you’ve punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that's just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could revolutionize healthcare in developing countries … and turn almost anything into a fun, hands-on science experiment.
Vending machines generally offer up sodas, candy bars and chips. Not so for the one created by TED Fellow Gabe Barcia-Colombo. This artist has dreamed up a DNA Vending Machine, which dispenses extracted human DNA, packaged in a vial along with a collectible photo of the person who gave it. It’s charming and quirky, but points out larger ethical issues that will arise as access to biotechnology increases.
Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says, governments are buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, steal documents and monitor activity — without detection. This TED Fellow gives an unsettling look at what's to come.
What does the future of business look like? In an informative talk, Philip Evans gives a quick primer on two long-standing theories in strategy -- and explains why he thinks they are essentially invalid.