With Arizona's recent run of intensely hot days this summer and temperatures around the country continuing to rise, 2013 looks set to offer an obnoxious few months of stifling heat and humidity. Alas, the time-honored traditional methods of keeping the multiple heatwaves at bay - ceiling fans, shades and awnings - sometimes prove ineffective, especially when the warmth becomes so gruelingly unforgiving. Homeowners everywhere tend to rely on their modern air conditioning cooling systems,… Continue
Added by Mike Workman on July 5, 2013 at 9:10am —
Whether operating a restaurant, bar or even a grocery store, it is important to have the right equipment to meet the demand of customers and the current market. Businesses need to provide optimal services and in order… Continue
Added by Jules Dalsey on July 1, 2013 at 3:30pm —
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,… Continue
Added by Aprons & Smocks on June 27, 2013 at 9:09am —
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… Continue
Added by Joe Welsh on June 22, 2013 at 7:00am —
How do you think of your restaurant?
Are you thinking too small? What are all the ways that you can use your restaurant? What are all the ways you can use your resources, your staff, and your expertise to make money? What are all the things you can do with everything you have available to you?
Don’t have an antiquated thought process of the restaurant business. Don’t think that you have to get everyone to come in to your restaurant. Times have… Continue
Added by Jonathan Munsell on June 14, 2013 at 9:24am —
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… Continue
Added by Aprons & Smocks on June 10, 2013 at 1:46pm —
Spent most of the other day in meetings for My Restaurant Posts. On the way from one meeting to the next, I witnessed a scene we all see at least once a day. It went like this…
- Sammy Squirrel has plans to get to the other side of the road.
- He starts by sprinting about 4 feet into the road, then stops.
- Car flies by at 40…
Added by Matt White on June 5, 2013 at 7:44am —
One of the most important concepts for improving restaurant dining service is for the staff to lose their egos before they begin their work shift. This way of thinking and acting must be taught in every waiter training program.
When people go out to eat in a restaurant, they are paying hard earned money to get something "extra." People dine out because they want something that they ordinarily would not get at home. Of course, it is the food, but also…
Added by Richard Saporito on June 4, 2013 at 6:44pm —
Today, smart restaurant marketers focus on building relationships and creating meaningful interactions by engaging audiences through multiple channels. Your ability to understand the consumer and stay in tune with current trends ensures that you stay in front of the right people in order to build a strong following, and stay relevant in an ever-changing marketplace. This infographic shows the Top Restaurant Marketing Trends of 2013 to help you target consumers in smart and influential… Continue
Added by Barry Chandler on May 14, 2013 at 1:51pm —
It’s not cheap to run a restaurant, but food is one of the biggest costs associated with it. It is therefore of utmost importance to keep your food costs within an acceptable percentage to avoid financial hardship and prevent having to pass on the costs to your customers.
Here are 13 tips on how you can achieve this:
1) Take Inventory Regularly
Making note consistently and regularly… Continue
Added by Ian Said on May 13, 2013 at 5:17am —
You might have the best food in town, but if customers don’t order it, your restaurant is doomed. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your menu is the best it can be. Taking a few simple steps to plan, organize, and design your menu can make a world of difference to your restaurant’s success. Here are 20 ideas that can help you take your restaurant menu to the next level.
1. Organize your menu logically.
Don’t make your customers perform a… Continue
Added by Barry Chandler on May 8, 2013 at 10:50am —
Reported by foodem.com, the online wholesale food marketplace-
Upselling is anything but new for most businesses. Where restaurants are concerned, it’s the oldest, most common trick in the book to increase check sizes and boost profits. At its best, upselling can look less like sales and more like customer… Continue
Added by Foodem on May 8, 2013 at 7:00am —
Please see the original article at this restaurant blog.
When it comes to restaurants (and well nearly everyone on Planet Earth), mothers trump all. Mother’s Day has historically been the busiest sales day in the restaurant industry, even ahead of Valentine’s. With… Continue
Added by Emily Fritz on May 2, 2013 at 11:38am —
From artisan craft cocktails to shareable plates and mobile apps, let’s explore some of the top trends that bars and restaurant owners should be paying attention to this year according to industry experts.
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) surveyed more… Continue
Added by Barry Chandler on April 17, 2013 at 6:19am —
In 2012 alone, more than 770 million smartphones were shipped. That number is projected to increase by 30% in 2013. It seems as if almost everyone from your 10-year-old niece to your 70-year-old grandma knows the ins and outs of operating a smartphone. With that being said, one of the most enticing aspects of having a smart phone is the use of applications. As of October 2012, Android had more than 700,000 apps and as of Jan. 2013, Apple had 775,000. Keeping these astounding figures in mind,… Continue
Added by Barry Chandler on April 15, 2013 at 8:00am —
Aside from food, menu design, décor, and personable help, a restaurant’s name is its calling card and chief intangible asset. Protecting that name under trademark law is a key part of corporate due diligence. Too many restaurateurs, however, mistakenly believe that seeking trademark protection merely involves filing a form with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). They forego legal counsel, assuming they can secure protection themselves and save some money. In the end, they… Continue
Added by Kyle-Beth Hilfer on April 9, 2013 at 12:14pm —
Facebook is certainly NOT the “end-all, be-all” of online marketing. But, it sure can play an important role. And, if it’s not done well, a poorly managed Facebook page for your restaurant can result in missed opportunity, to say the least. Worst case…it could be providing wrong information or representing your… Continue
Added by Matt White on April 9, 2013 at 6:16am —
When it comes to restaurant marketing, it’s impossible to predict and adhere to every menu request that a customer makes. So how do you know when a menu request crosses the barrier of being a trending food fad to becoming a legitimate concern that your restaurant should prep for? When it comes to deciding… Continue
Added by Ola Ayeni on March 28, 2013 at 1:56pm —
If it’s not, it should be. According to Intuit, 55% of people that have cell phones use them to go online. Another 31% of cell phone users claim to only go on… Continue
Added by Ola Ayeni on March 28, 2013 at 12:06pm —
When it comes to the wide variety of restaurant choices that customers have on a daily basis, it’s monumental to be considered a favorite dining location in the culinary world. OpenTable has recently announced its 2013 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for Service. “Providing high-caliber hospitality to… Continue
Added by Ola Ayeni on March 21, 2013 at 2:03pm —