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Maggiano's hired a Social Media Coodinator. Whats Your Plan?

Maggiano's customers are using Facebook, Twitter and other online mediums every day to keep up, reach out, and make plans with friends. Maggiano's wants to be a part of that conversation. Social media is not the next big thing; Social media is widely used by almost every demographic, and the big boys are rapidly usingFacebook,…

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Added by Seth Gardenswartz on August 7, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

How Groupon-Type Deals Sucked $115M from Independent Restaurants in 2011

Groupon and the other deal sites had a great 2011.

The total “deal” volume grew a whopping 140%! So that should mean a big lift for restaurants, especially independent restaurants, that sell a majority of daily deals, right?

Unfortunately, the data reveals that visits actually fell while money was siphoned out of the restaurant industry. …

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Added by Seth Gardenswartz on April 11, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

OpenTable: Gift from the Tech Gods or Trojan Horse Designed to Steal Profits?

If your restaurant takes reservations you must have at least considered online booking. The pitch is enticing; free-up the staff, dump that 19th Century paper and pencil and use the application to reach savvy professionals who prefer booking their restaurant reservations online. So, what's the catch?

 

For starters, online booking…

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Added by Seth Gardenswartz on January 11, 2012 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Six ideas for gift card promotions

You can serve more than food this time of year. Almost every one of your patrons needs to buy gifts. Here are six ideas to help you get your share of holiday gift spending.


  1. Use uneven percentage discounts.
  2. Discount a series of visits.
  3. Run limited time deals.
  4. Offer a free gift card with other purchase.
  5. Gear your website for the biggest online sales days.
  6. Run a client appreciation sale to your…
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Added by Seth Gardenswartz on November 16, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Can You Roll Your Own Groupon-type Deal?

Groupon has been wildly successful selling deeply discounted coupons to

deal-hungry consumers, but for most restaurants it is a terrible deal.

For the privilege of selling half price meals, sites like Groupon take

50% of your revenue while degrading the…
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Added by Seth Gardenswartz on October 25, 2010 at 9:47am — No Comments

Does your gift card program break the new federal law implemented as the CARD Act?

On Sunday, August 22nd, the new federal gift card law (often referred to as the "CARD Act")went into effect. If you know about this at all, you are in the minority. A simple web search will turn up short outlines for how the law affects consumers or holders of gift cards, but almost nothing to help independent restaurants without their own general counsel,…

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Added by Seth Gardenswartz on August 24, 2010 at 10:03am — 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.

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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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