How Restaurants Can Remain Competitive in 2021

7 Shifts

We’re not talking about just surviving the pandemic—but thriving through 2021 and beyond, and setting new standards. For fast-casual and quick-service restaurants—no more lines. 2020 was a year that the restaurant industry won’t soon forget.

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Raw and Ready: Growing a Healthy Fast Casual

Modern Restaurant Management

The owner of Delicious Raw, a healthy fast casual concept launched in 2013, is looking to grow the brand and create a one-stop-shop for healthy consumables for a broad audience. We have plans to open another location in South Florida in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood in 2021.

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Be Nimble, Be Quick: What Consumers Want in 2021

Modern Restaurant Management

And, based on our recent survey of 830 US consumers, it’s likely a good mantra for 2021. A snapshot of the most recent survey results follows, with insights to guide 2021 planning. Marketing Operations 2021 guest expectations customer desires Revenue Management Systems

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MRM Research Roundup: Mid-January 2021 Edition

Modern Restaurant Management

The experts at 7shifts’ released a data-backed study titled “How Restaurants are Evolving Labor with Third-Party Delivery in 2021." To get a sense of how sit-down restaurants are faring to start 2021, foot traffic analytics firm Placer.ai

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Restaurant Experts’ 2021 Outlook, Part Two

Modern Restaurant Management

Modern Restaurant Management (MRM) magazine asked restaurant industry experts for their opinions on what we can expect in 2021. And three, above all, we see the need for digital marketing automation continuing and growing into 2021 and beyond. My outlook for 2021 is good.

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Simple Restaurant Marketing Plan for 2021 [PDF Template]

7 Shifts

With a new year comes new challenges, and after the year for the industry that was 2020, we want to help set your restaurant up for success in 2021. Make all touchpoints of your restaurant feel like the cool, casual, fusion, or fine dining establishment it is.

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Restaurant Experts’ 2021 Outlook, Part One

Modern Restaurant Management

Modern Restaurant Management (MRM) magazine asked restaurant industry experts for their opinions on what we can expect in 2021. In 2021, the digitization of the restaurant industry will increase exponentially. Our outlook for 2021 is optimistic.

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Predictions for 2021: Part 2

Foodable

In this episode of The Barron Report, host Paul Barron gives listeners more of his predictions for the restaurant and hospitality industry in 2021. Three Key Points: Fast casual will explode exponentially and overtake QSR by 2025. Video The Barron Report Technology Fast Casual

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10 Restaurant Concepts And How To Choose One For Your Business

Sling

1) Fast Casual. Fast casual restaurants cater to customers looking for an option that is relatively quick but is healthier than fast food and more affordable than a casual dining establishment. 4) Casual. Planning a new food-service business?

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MRM EXCLUSIVE: Five CX Strategies Restaurants Can Use to Gain a Competitive Edge During Challenging Times

Modern Restaurant Management

According to Upserve’s 2020 State of the Restaurant Industry Report, the industry will collectively lose $240 billion, with casual dining sales volume down by 60 percent and fast casual down 50 percent.

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Fast-Casual Academia, Climatarian Menu and Ice Auction

Modern Restaurant Management

Our investment community has energized around the launch and we’re looking forward to opening the first of several locations in 2021.” Food trucks, pop-up supper clubs, fast-casual restaurants, and brewpubs are all a part of the unique culinary fabric of this country.

12 Trends That Will Impact the Restaurant Industry in 2021

Modern Restaurant Management

In 2021, restaurant marketing strategy, restaurant design, and internal systems—for independents and chains alike—will evolve, and technology and robotics will become commonplace.

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MRM Franchise Feed: Modular Chicken and 2020 Year-End Results

Modern Restaurant Management

Dave’s Hot Chicken is spicing up its 2021 franchise development strategy. The brand is set to open at least 30 locations in 2021, and plans to have an additional 300 units in development. All five restaurants are slated to open in 2021.

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America’s Independent Bowling Alleys Might Not Make It Through the Pandemic

EATER

Some have bars and dining rooms that stray from familiar bowling-alley fare, such as the Bay Area’s Castro Valley Bowl, with its casual Thai and Laotian stand, Lucky Lane 33 Cafe. And many casual bowling fans likely won’t come at all. Shutterstock.

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Building a Pandemic-Proof Model

Foodable

The Fast Casual Nation podcast offers exclusive interviews with experts ranging from top chefs and brand makers to executives and restaurateurs who work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry. Video Podcast Fast Casual Fast Casual Podcast

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5 Tips to Create a Brilliant Restaurant Sign

Indoor Media

Similarly, if your contemporary casual style restaurant decides to save on construction costs and put up a weatherproof banner, you have to assume that you’re going to impress less of your potential clientele. That’s the sound of customers driving past your restaurant.

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MOD Pizza Brand Analysis

Foodable

The Fast Casual Nation podcast offers exclusive interviews with experts ranging from top chefs and brand makers to executives and restaurateurs who work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry. Video Fast Casual Fast Casual Podcast

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Using All Service Models to Position Your Brand

Foodable

The Fast Casual Nation podcast offers exclusive interviews with experts ranging from top chefs and brand makers to executives and restaurateurs who work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry. Video Fast Casual Podcast Fast Casual

Restaurant SPAC-ilicious: What Is a SPAC, and How They May Impact the Foodservice Industry

Aaron Allen & Associates

There are currently (as of January 2021) 283 SPACs seeking a target. It was launched by former executives of Jamba Juice and Barteca and raised $240 million in January 2021 ($40 million above target). You’ve probably been hearing a lot about SPACs. In the U.S., $42

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6 Tips for Restaurant Success in 2021

Restaurant Engine

It seems poised to continue at least for part of 2021. To help you, we look at six tips for restaurant success in 2021. #1: Restaurant customers in 2021 are going to be looking for contactless options when they frequent your restaurant.

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Restaurant Industry Outlook for 2021 – Looking Ahead to Better Days

The Restaurant Group

2021 Restaurant Industry Trends. After nine months of adapting to a new normal, here is our restaurant industry outlook for 2021 : 1. As part of our 2021 industry outlook, we foresee flexible seating and modified dining remaining part of the industry trends for the foreseeable future.

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Cauliflower Rice Is Chipotle’s First Menu Addition of 2021

EATER

Just in time for the start of 2021 and the whiff of weight-loss industrial complex that permeates this season, the fast-casual chain is adding cauliflower rice to its menu nationwide. Chipotle is offering cauliflower rice for a limited time. Photo: Chipotle.

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How Much This Detroit Food Hall Spent Pivoting During the COVID-19 Crisis

EATER

The variety of food and the space, complete with stages for musicians, makes it a good, people-pleasing spot for hosting casual events. The winterized outdoor dining setup at Detroit Shipping Company. Seoung Lee for Detroit Shipping Company.

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The Digital-Forward Service Model

Foodable

The Fast Casual Nation podcast offers exclusive interviews with experts ranging from top chefs and brand makers to executives and restaurateurs who work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry. Video Fast Casual Fast Casual Podcast Technology Coronavirus Impact

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Why Now and into 2021 is a Great Time to Buy a Franchise

Goliath Consulting

The fast-casual brand Dave’s Hot Chicken has now more than 200 units committed despite its franchise initiative being just launched in October 2019 (3). 2020 and 2021 will be optimal years to take advantage of low interest rates and better deals with the franchisors.

Enjoy Breakfast by Candlelight

EATER

Lighting candles turns the morning meal into a calming ritual This post originally appeared in the January 25, 2021 edition of The Move , a place for Eater’s editors to reveal their recommendations and pro dining tips — sometimes thoughtful, sometimes weird, but always someone’s go-to move.

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Trader Joe’s and Other Grocers Will Pay Employees to Get Vaccinated

EATER

Back in December, Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol told CNBC that the fast-casual chain would “strongly encourage” employees to get vaccinated and would cover costs associated with receiving the vaccine, but would stop short of requiring that all workers be vaccinated.

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Sweetgreen Brand Analysis

Foodable

The Fast Casual Nation podcast offers exclusive interviews with experts ranging from top chefs and brand makers to executives and restaurateurs who work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the restaurant industry. Video Fast Casual Podcast Fast Casual

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Subway’s New Protein Bowls Are Basically Piles of Cold Cuts

EATER

At this point, pretty much every fast-casual restaurant has a protein bowl on its menu and now Subway is getting in on the action. link] — David Roth (@david_j_roth) January 12, 2021. In addition to cold cuts, Subway protein bowls offer steak and chicken. Subway.

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The Soothing Bento YouTube Videos That Will Inspire You to Get Back in the Kitchen

EATER

The low angle creates a feeling of casual intimacy, like you and Imamu hang out together every early morning (she gets up at 5:45 a.m.) In a video posted on her YouTube channel, Imamu cuts open a tamagoyaki. Imamu room.

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For a ‘Proper Proper Proper’ Baked Sweet Potato, Freeze It First

EATER

Sin is the lead chef at Junzi, a fast-casual Chinese restaurant with locations throughout New York City. Lucas Sin.

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Why Become a Franchise Owner?

Goliath Consulting

We discussed in our earlier blogs why it is a great time to buy a food franchise in 2020 through 2021. Franchising business ownership fast food fast-casual franchise business franchise owner restaurant consulting restaurant industryThe Benefits of Owning a Franchise Restaurant Business.

COVID-19 Restaurant Industry Trends

The Restaurant Group

The COVID-19 restaurant trends seen now will likely continue well into 2021 and perhaps even 2022. Changes and Opportunities in 2020 and Beyond. Needless to say, this has been a year like no other with unprecedented challenges. These will likely continue well into the foreseeable future.

Defining a Post-COVID19 Consumer: What Your Guests Will Look for When They Walk Through Your Doors

Goliath Consulting

First, we know that consumers will continue to regard safety and sanitation in high importance, possibly going towards 2021 (1). As the restaurant owner remarked, “a customer may not casually choose a $15 burger in the future” (7). But studies have so far illustrated that nationwide spending has been gradually ticking upwards and that most businesses are expected to bounce back in 2021 (2). by Bora Kang. You’ve re-opened your restaurant, congratulations!

2021 Food Trend Predictions: At-Home Coffee, Personalized Tasting Menus, and Heritage Cooking

EATER

Plus, Japan has a cafe for pessimists, and more news to start your day This year upended the way a lot of us eat; what will 2021 bring? TODAY asked a dietician what 2021 will bring, and the trends are again influenced by the ongoing pandemic. Shutterstock.

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Second Wave of Restaurant Chain Bankruptcy Filings Could Offer New Opportunities  

Modern Restaurant Management

The same intensity will also mark what the restaurant bankruptcy “industry” as a whole will experience in the second half of 2020, through at least, the middle of 2021.

YEA: Restaurants Showing Resiliency with New Openings

Modern Restaurant Management

" The rating agency's analysts expect operating profit to decline by more than 30 percent this year due to coronavirus-related business restrictions, and grow by around 15 percent in 2021. "The

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The Future is Now Keynote | Paul Barron

Foodable

Data currently suggests that grocery stores will outpace restaurants through 2021, largely due to consumer behavior changes during the COVID-19 crisis. This is the biggest shift in food since fast casual. In 2021, we will see a smaller group of consumers using third party delivery, and it will continue its decline into 2023.” - Paul Barron “$125 billion is my estimate for 2025 [for fast casual revenue projections].

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Hospitality Mindset – It’s All About The Customer

Future Food

Modern Cities, such as Dubai are enjoying the culinary benefits of adopting the Hospitality Mindset with world class chefs and food service leaders such as Tom Arnel (Australian) who has been at the forefront of the casual and smart casual dining scene in Dubai.

Simple Restaurant Marketing Plan for 2020 [PDF Template]

7 Shifts

There are only 4 months of 2020 left where you can push your restaurant’s marketing hard and set yourself up for success going into 2021. Make all touchpoints of your restaurant feel like the cool, casual, fusion, or fine dining establishment it is.

Restaurant Insiders on 2020 Lessons Learned, Part One

Modern Restaurant Management

As we move into 2021, we are seeing restaurants that are running more efficiently than they ever have, some even turning profits with revenue down 30-40 percent.

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Must Be Something in the Sunshine

Modern Restaurant Management

“We’re firing on cylinders to bring our all-natural, ‘better for you’ food to many more people in 2021 and beyond,” said Guzzetta. We know our flavors have mass appeal and we expect to compete well with all fast casual chains as we make our way into new cities.”

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Restaurant Insiders on 2020 Lessons Learned, Part Two

Modern Restaurant Management

As a result of this trend, we’ve shifted our focus to provide more Take & Bake options and even have plans to launch additional varieties of our Take & Bake breads in early 2021. Intuit reports that by 2021, the gig economy will surge and add 9.2

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