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Ten Tips to Survive Minimum Wage Increases

Increased minimum wages are a growing concern and unavoidable reality for many operators. Learn what you can do about them in this article from QSRMagazine.com by Juan Martinez.

Don’t you get tired of hearing about the impending minimum wage increase? It is no longer if it is going to happen, but rather when [...]

What are common green practices at restaurants?

A substantial number of operators are practicing sustainability, new National Restaurant Association research shows. According to the NRA’s new survey, restaurants are interested in implementing environmental practices into their plans.

Conducted earlier this year among 1,000 fullservice and quickservice operators, the survey found that nearly three quarters of operators recycled used fryer oil, [...]

3 tips to choose the right energy-efficient equipment for you

In this article from the National Restaurant Association, learn how to save money in the long run by investing in energy-efficient appliances and equipment. While they might cost more at the start, they can help you achieve your sustainability goals, says Richard Young, education director, Food Service Technology Center.

“Efficiency is saving you [...]

Take the worry out of weekly food inventories

Most independent restaurants calculate their food cost only once a month, but virtually all of the major chains calculate theirs each week.

According to industry averages, chain restaurants ‑ before corporate expenses ‑ are two to three times as profitable as independent restaurants. While weekly food costing isn’t the entire reason for that [...]

Housemade sodas bubble up

Flavor-forward soft drinks are making a splash, according to this article from Restaurant Business Online by Alia Akkam. Specialty soft drinks continue to lure customers away from traditional colas and other brand-name sodas, according to NPD Group, a Port Washington, N.Y.-based research firm. Restaurant operators also are smitten with housemade sodas in unconventional [...]

Facebook Partners with Constant Contact to Include Restaurant Menus on Pages

Last month, Facebook and Constant Contact announced that restaurants can now upload menus through SinglePlatform from Constant Contact to Facebook pages. SinglePlatform helps businesses showcase their most important information everywhere local consumers are making decisions online.

As a result, Facebook users can both find and “like” a restaurant, in addition to view its [...]

Is it time to raise your prices?

Making sure the price is right for each menu item takes a lot of work. This article from the National Restaurant Association outlines 8 factors that determine whether it is time to raise your prices.

Making sure the price is right for each menu item is no game — it takes lots [...]

Turn your restaurant into a tourist destination

In this article from the National Restaurant Association, learn how to attract tourists this summer with these helpful tips. Â Travelers spend more than $200 billion annually on food service in the United States, according to the U.S. Travel Association. On average, tourism accounted for nearly a third of fine-dining sales and almost [...]

2014 Consumer Trends

Learn what consumers look for in a restaurant from this helpful video from the National Restaurant Association.

Marketing Ideas for June

Restaurant owners and operators will find many opportunities for marketing during June.  In this great article from RestaurantNews.com, learn about how you can market your restaurant. Father’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for most restaurants, but your promotional activities don’t have to end there. As June is [...]

9 Food & Beverage Trends for Spring

What new foods and beverages will your competition be focusing on this spring? And, more importantly, what will your customers be expecting? You can’t see into the future, but you can still get an idea of what trends will be this spring. Learn about the hottest food and beverage trends for this spring [...]

Spring Cleaning Part Two

In this article from Business Financial Services, Jose Terrier discusses the important of refreshing and resetting your outlook on restaurant management. Spring cleaning can be much more than a fresh coat of paint. For small businesses, spring cleaning can include delving into your operations to see what you can improve or tightening up [...]

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Springtime offers restaurant operators the opportunity to wipe away winter grime, prepare for summer traffic and perform essential deep cleaning tasks to revive floors and other hard surfaces. To help restaurants and foodservice operations conduct a thorough spring cleaning of their facility, read through this helpful checklist issued by Cintas of all the [...]

Preparing for Valentine's Day

According to a recent article from Nation’s Restaurant News, written by Ron Ruggless, Valentine’s Day falls just a heartbeat behind Mother’s Day among restaurants’ busiest days of the year, and with it comes operational heartaches.

In years past, the National Restaurant Association has estimated that as many as 70 million people will dine [...]

Powerful Tools to Manage Your Restaurant

MenuMax offers a comprehensive solution for food service professionals enabling the organization and optimization of recipe managment, food cost, nutrition analysis and inventory managment. However, many users overlook the many report functions MenuMax offers.

Included in a MenuMax subscription is a simple-to-use worksheet that helps create budgets and income statements for your operation. [...]