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Gen Z Dining Trends Restaurant Operators Must Know About

Modern Restaurant Management

“While Gen Z doesn’t have a ton of disposable income, this generation is more likely to spend the extra money they do have on experiences, like visiting restaurants, than other generations.” Those words from Katherine Pendrill, Senior Manager, Content Marketing at TouchBistro, should be quite telling for restaurant operators as they point out the opportunity that exists to reach a valuable audience.

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Benchmarking Restaurants: 9 Essential Metrics to Measure

Sculpture Hospitality

So, you're in the restaurant biz, slinging delicious dishes and mixing up killer cocktails. But conquering taste buds isn’t enough. You're a business after all, and increasing profitability and beating the competition is critical.

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Announcing our new report: What Restaurant Employees Want

7 Shifts

We’ve got some exciting news to share. Our annual restaurant industry report is here, and it’s all about employees. Aptly named “What Restaurant Employees Want,” this report is built from the insights of more than 1,500 active restaurant employees and uncovers what truly matters to them in their work environment. Every year, we see the same challenges crop up for restaurant operators : hiring and retaining top talent.

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The Fish Hot Dog Is a Great Catch

EATER

Photo illustration by Lille Allen Seafood hot dogs have failed to hook diners in the United States. Could that change? A few years ago, on a summer night in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I had a hot dog that surprised me so much I’m thinking about it now. At first, the “ Sea Dog ” from the wine bar Dear Annie made me skeptical. It was plump, yes, but pallid, almost vampiric against its grilled bun.

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New DOL Final Overtime Rules: Quickstart Guide for Employers

There’s a new overtime salary threshold that will impact employers across the country. If you have an employee making less than $43,888 on July 1 or less than $58,656 on January 1, you’re going to have to start paying overtime. Download Paycor’s guide to learn: Which groups of employees are affected? How should you classify employees? Best ways to mitigate risk.

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What Is Modern Operations Execution and How Has it Changed the Way Restaurant Teams Work?

Crunchtime

It’s time to take a good, hard look at how multi-location restaurants work today—the time lost, forgotten work, wasted materials, and missed communication—versus the potential of how it could be. Traditional tools and techniques, like laminated checklists, coffee-stained documents, and back-office binders, simply no longer cut it.

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Is Your Restaurant Business Thriving?

Modern Restaurant Management

Have you completed a small business checkup at your restaurant lately? If not, you might be overlooking ways to improve your eatery’s financial health and learn to thrive in this challenging economic climate. Full tables, employees earning solid tips, shifts being fully staffed and the restaurant having the ability to source quality provisions at reasonable prices and dependable delivery times, are among the signs the business is thriving, according to Ben Johnston, COO of Kapitus.

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Our Loyalty Program: How It Works, Benefits and Tips for Maximizing Value

Evergreen

In the age of the digital consumer, businesses are more focused than ever on building and maintaining customer loyalty. One of the most effective tools in achieving this is Evergreen’s Loyalty Program.

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Tired of Weepy, Wilty Slaws? Go Green.

EATER

Photo illustration by Lille Allen; see below for full credits. Make this summer your green papaya summer Few experiences compare to the salvation offered by cooler-crisp slaws in the thick of summer’s sweltering heat. Something about the chill of cold vegetables sliced, shaved, or chopped into a satiating mix is powerful enough to arrest all my other senses for a moment of peace.

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237. Restaurant Technology Guys Podcast Ep. 237 – Unlocking the Power of Data-Driven Decisions in Restaurant Technology

Restaurant Technology Guys

The latest episode of the Restaurant Technology Guys podcast dives deep into the world of data-driven decisions in the restaurant industry. Jeremy is joined by Mike Lukianoff, a seasoned veteran in restaurant operations and technology, currently spearheading SignalFlare.ai. This insightful conversation covers Mike’s career journey, the evolution of data analytics in the restaurant industry, and the groundbreaking methodologies SignalFlare.ai is bringing to the table.

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New DOL Final Overtime Rules: Quickstart Guide for Employers

There’s a new overtime salary threshold that will impact employers across the country. If you have an employee making less than $43,888 on July 1 or less than $58,656 on January 1, you’re going to have to start paying overtime. Download Paycor’s guide to learn: Which groups of employees are affected? How should you classify employees? Best ways to mitigate risk.

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The Server’s Guide to the Handheld POS

SpotOn

It all starts with a cheeseburger. It's a double, with extra caramelized onions, avocado, sub cheddar for Swiss. No mayo, hold the tomatoes. The server just onboarded last week and didn't know which is a modifier versus an add-on versus something he'll have to run by the kitchen staff first.  The rest of the table is patiently waiting their turn, but the special burger is taking up so much of my time, so I just need to get their orders as quickly as possible and move on to my

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The Enduring Appeal of Signature Staples at QSRs and Beyond

Modern Restaurant Management

In the $387.5 billion quick-service restaurant (QSR) industry, trends and fads may come and go, but signature staples withstand the test of time. These timeless menu items have been meticulously crafted and perfected over the years, holding a special place in the hearts (and stomachs) of many. While customers crave the comforting familiarity of signature staples, they also yearn for the excitement of new flavors and experiences.

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Former Inspire Brands exec Stephanie Sentell named COO of Shake Shack

Restaurant Business

The former SVP of operations for the Dunkin' and Arby's parent will oversee Shake Shack's company-operated U.S. restaurants.

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Step Inside the Cool New Modern Wine Bar

EATER

As bafflingly flexible as they are unmistakably distinct, these spaces have managed to recapture the anything-goes romance of simply “going out.

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Join Full Course Navigator: Your Path to Professional Growth in Restaurant Leadership

Full Course Foundation is dedicated to nurturing excellence in restaurant leadership. Our Navigator program offers a wide range of resources tailored for professional growth. From high-quality training to personalized coaching, Navigator equips restaurant leaders with the tools they need to thrive in their careers. Unlock your potential with three months FREE access to Navigator by Full Course!

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Order with Google for Restaurants: How to Get Started

ChowNow

In today’s competitive restaurant landscape, your online presence is more than just a digital storefront; it’s your direct line to hungry customers eager to place a takeout order, make a reservation, or discover their next favorite local dining spot. Because 62% of diners discover restaurants through Google local search , a strong Google presence is essential to attract new customers and drive sales.

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How to increase restaurant revenue with online ordering (OLO) kitchens

Clover - Restaurants

Among these is the migration away from third-party ordering apps, as 71% of customers prefer a restaurant’s own website or app due to the personalization , cost efficiency, and convenience they offer. This data suggests that restaurants not only need to prioritize offering online ordering options directly through their own platforms, but also highlights a major opportunity to strategically shift operations to support the demand.

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What Restaurant Employees Want

Modern Restaurant Management

Restaurant operators have a variety of opportunities to improve their staff experience, according to What Restaurant Employees Want, a state-of-the-industry report from 7shifts. The research details what matters most to industry workers and what operators can do to provide an excellent staff experience. Among the highlights: Restaurant employees crave recognition and feedback.

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Trend or fad? These restaurant currents could go either way

Restaurant Business

Reality Check: A number of ripples were evident in the business during the first half of the year. The question is, do they have staying power?

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Planning Your Restaurant's Path to Profitability

Speaker: James Kahler, COO of Full Course

Ever wondered where to splurge and where to safely conserve when it comes to operating and growing your restaurant? 🤔 Join James Kahler, COO of Full Course and industry visionary, in this new webinar where he'll talk all about best practices to invest in your restaurant's success! Whether you're a new business or an established restaurant, a seasoned pro or a rookie, you'll learn the keys to sustainable success in this competitive industry.

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Why the Popcorn Bucket Got Weird

EATER

The popcorn buckets for Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour film were kind of like getting merch at the concert. | AFP/Getty Images Gimmicky popcorn buckets, like the ones for “Dune: Part Two” and “Despicable Me 4,” are part of a new promotional playbook for movie theaters I didn’t realize Despicable Me 4 was happening until I saw the popcorn bucket : a “baby popcorn carrier” that will allow its wearer to hold popcorn hands-free, while also creating the illusion of a Minion jumper and Gru’s signature scarf

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Emerging Restaurant Chains Are Vacuuming Traffic From Established Chains…

Aaron Allen & Associates

*Originally Published in the Aaron Allen & Associates Newsletter on 06/03/2024 The 50 fastest-growing emerging restaurant chains expanded their sales by a median of 35% year-over-year (in 2022). This growth rate has remained consistent through the years for fast-growing concepts with sales between $20m-$60m. The competition between these fast-growing emerging restaurant chains and large established chains resembles a lot of competition between an oil tanker and a speed boat.

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Top 4 Features to Prepare Your Staff for A Busy Summer Season

Squirrel Systems

During the summer, hospitality operators often see a surge in guests, necessitating efficient handling of seasonal staffing and turnover. Here are four useful features that will help your staff be more productive this summer: Communications Center: Keep everyone in the Loop The Communication Center is your digital hub, keeping management and staff connected.

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The Art of Creating an Addictive Restaurant

Modern Restaurant Management

How do you make your restaurant so appealing, so addictive, that it draws guests back again and again? It’s a question that always troubling restaurant owners. This is where restaurant marketing becomes a deeply creative endeavor. It's all about storytelling. And the part that resonates with people is HOW the story is told. There are various frameworks we can use to construct a compelling story which captivates your guests.

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Top 5 Ways to Optimize Your Loyalty Strategy

Speaker: Lauren Barash, Vice President, Brand Marketing

In an ever-evolving industry, building and retaining loyal customers is critical to the success of any restaurant business. Join Lauren Barash, VP of Brand Marketing at Full Course, as she delves into the world of restaurant loyalty programs, and reveals the top five essential strategies to optimize your approach! This webinar will explore: Loyalty trends and what you should be focusing on 📊 Actionable insights and ideas to help you develop the most powerful and effective loyalty program

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Sony Pictures Entertainment acquires Alamo Drafthouse

Restaurant Business

The Austin, Texas-based restaurant-movie theater hybrid will be operated by a new division within the studio called Sony Pictures Experiences.

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Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is Disney’s First Food-Focused Thrill Ride

EATER

Olga Thompson/Disney Disney’s newest attraction replaces the problematic Splash Mountain with a ride through the princess’s food co-op, teaching kitchen, and branded spice line Beignets! Frogs playing bongos! Employee-owners! Disney’s updated take on its iconic Splash Mountain ride has it all, down to the magical realism of an animated bayou and a theme park depiction of the benefits of collective ownership.

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200+ Bakery Name Ideas and How to Name Your Bakery

SpotOn

It's taken thousands of pounds of butter, flour, and sugar to get here, but you've made it. If you're opening a bakery, you've got a to-do list longer than the focaccia's proofing time. Alongisde acquiring the appropriate permits, kickstarting your marketing strategy , and developing your menu, coming up with a creative and catchy bakery name can take a surprising amount of time.

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SUMMER IS PURE TORTURE FOR COOKS

Culinary Cues

Since we were able to walk – summer has represented a time of freedom, fun, blue skies, dipping our feet in the ocean or a neighbor’s pool, and great music to sooth the soul. Well, if your career path focused on the kitchen then “hot fun in the summertime” didn’t hold up its end of the bargain. Meteorologists have been jabbering about the “heat dome” that is descending on the U.S., a byproduct of global climate change, and how intense heat is destined to make our lives miserable and downright da

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How to Build the Ideal HR Team

HR doesn’t exist in a vacuum. This work impacts everyone: from the C-Suite to your newest hire. It also drives results. Learn how to make it all happen in Paycor’s latest guide.

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A Slice of America

Modern Restaurant Management

Fantini's New Haven Style Apizza and its owner, Jimmy Fantin, will be featured in "A Slice of America: Charred in the Florida Sun" premiering Thursday, July 11 at 7 pm at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart, FL. Directed by Gorman Bechard, known for his acclaimed documentary "Pizza A Love Story," and hosted by pizza historian Colin M. Caplan, this film explores the rich history of New Haven-style pizza and Fantin's unwavering passion for perfection.

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In a tough year for casual dining, Asian concepts were clear winners

Restaurant Business

Sushi and Korean barbecue were on fire in 2023. Full-service pizza, meanwhile, came up cold.

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Restaurant Website Mistakes to Avoid

Restaurant Engine

Avoid these restaurant website mistakes to shine over the competition. Your restaurant website is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s your most pivotal piece of digital marketing. It is the beginning and end of your marketing strategy. Your website brings you business, informs people, and showcases your menu. As such, you want to take very careful care of it.

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