If you’re thinking about trying a new menu concept and want to enlist trendsetters as evangelists for your restaurant brand, you may want to consider producing a “pop-up” restaurant event. These unique dining experiences attract trendy influencers who use social media and make restaurant recommendations to their friends. The concept of temporary dining experiences originated … Continue reading “Pop-Up Restaurants Take Root”
Just when you think you’ve tasted it all, along comes new menu trends. A wide range of taste sensations are hitting restaurants across the nation. Some old favorites are taking a new turn, such as the re-emergence of traditional French cuisine and new variations of pasta dishes. Meanwhile, Korean and Filipino cuisines are quickly gaining popularity. … Continue reading “The Hottest Menu Trends in 2017”
Meal kit services have grown substantially in recent years in large urban areas. These kits contain pre-measured, pre-cut and pre-washed ingredients with easy recipes buyers can cook at home. U.S. sales for meal kit delivery services were estimated at $1.5 billion in 2016, and the segment is expected to grow into a multibillion-dollar market by … Continue reading “Meal Kits Go Mainstream”
Good staff is hard to find and even harder to retain in today’s competitive restaurant labor market, so making sure your employees are happy as well as productive is a top priority. San Francisco restaurateur Ryan Cole and his partners compete for workers against the cafeterias of high-tech companies such as Twitter, Uber and Dropbox. … Continue reading “Creative Ways to Keep Restaurant Staff Happy and Motivated”
If you haven’t heard that question from customers yet, you will — and soon. Mobile wallet payments are beginning to catch on, first with millennials and now more broadly with all consumers. The volume of U.S. in-store mobile payments is expected to reach $75 billion in 2016 and jump to $503 billion by 2020. … Continue reading “Can I Pay With My Phone?”
Food trucks offer an endless variety of casual dining options. With consumers’ ever-growing interest in celebrity chefs, trying different cuisines and sampling local food specialties, food trucks offer convenient and easy access to a wide range of dining experiences. Many first-time entrepreneurs find food trucks to be a lower-cost entry into the restaurant business. Startup … Continue reading “So You Want to Start a Food Truck Business?”
Consumer patterns are shifting dramatically from drive-thru to home delivery, according to a recent study by the NPD Group. Food delivery has expanded beyond traditional pizza and Asian food options to include gourmet restaurant fare, burgers, healthy and local specialties, full service and fast casual options. Food delivery traffic excluding pizza delivery is up 33% … Continue reading “Food Delivery Bumps into Drive-Thru”
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