The restaurant industry is booming in many ways, but restaurant operators often don't know the best procedures they can take to gain market share. It turns out that there are a wide variety of effective strategies that can be taken, but operators aren't limited to any one style.

Combining unique flavors
According to CNBC, one of the newest trends in the industry is to combine flavors that wouldn't normally go together to form new recipes that can entice diners. Some examples include smoked cocktails, where the taste of smoked foods are used in developing the latest and most interesting drink recipes possible. One restaurant has combined the typical Bloody Mary with flavored salt, designed specifically to add flavor to the traditional brunch beverage, the source reported.

Using less-sought entrees
Another example from the news source is that many restaurants are using main ingredients in their dishes that haven't often been considered for normal meals. The lionfish, found in the Caribbean and along the east coast of the United States, is one entree that is out of the ordinary. The invasive species, known for harming the natural stocks of more popular types of fish, has instead become the latest meal in many locations, replacing the fish that it dominates in the food chain. Rabbit, which has formerly been considered a rare delicacy, is also on more and more menus as a way to expand diners' palates and options alike.

Old-fashioned comfort food
No matter how old diners are, there are always main staples from childhood diets that never go out of style. Some upscale restaurants have developed new recipes using old favorites in respect to their ever-present popularity. Hotspots in Los Angeles have developed recipes like corn dogs and macaroni and cheese with some twists, adding prawns to the dogs and Goldfish crackers to the pasta dish, the news source reported.

Wearable technology
QSRWeb added that in some locations, wearable technology may make it easier than ever to serve more customers and take care of an increasing number of demands in the typical restaurant. From Google Glass to smartphones with wristlet add-ons, it's becoming easier for servers to meet customer expectations in the best possible formats. Servers can record orders immediately as diners give them and scan credit cards directly at tables, as examples, while information can be spread throughout a location faster than ever if devices are interconnected.

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