September, 2023

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How to Identify Your Restaurant’s Target Market (Expert Tips Included)

The Eat Restaurant

A target market for restaurants is the diners who a) you are hoping to attract and b) are most likely to eat in your restaurant. The perfect restaurant target market lies where these two groups overlap. In the words of Gordon Ramsay, “To succeed in the restaurant industry, you must speak the language of your target market and offer them a taste of what they desire.

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A CPA’s Insight on Top Issues Restaurant Owners Face

Modern Restaurant Management

For restaurant owners, there are a number of issues in their workplace keeping them up at night and hindering them from successfully managing and operating their restaurant efficiently. As a firm that specializes in working with clients in the restaurant industry, we regularly assist restaurant owners with many of these issues, particularly in areas like tax compliance, payroll, bookkeeping, and providing sound financial advice to help manage cash flow and business growth strategies.

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Why Manual Workforce Management Processes Should be a Thing of the Past for Restaurant Owners

Modern Restaurant Management

Scheduling employees is one of the most time-intensive tasks for restaurant managers. They often have to rely on historical data to forecast customer demand, and typically can’t take into account the impact of weather and other local events on demand. Additionally, they have to remember how this demand aligns with employee skills and availability, before they begin creating shift schedules – often using pen and paper or an Excel spreadsheet.

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CloudKitchens won't succeed until its restaurants do

Restaurant Business

Tech Check: As the ghost kitchen company expanded, it treated operators as expendable. It's now reportedly cutting staff and closing locations. The two problems are related.

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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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NYC leans on restaurants to make life harder for rats

Restaurant Business

The Sanitation Department said it will start fining food establishments that don't use garbage cans that keep the rodents out.

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8 Ways to Navigate The Restaurant Staff Shortage

Lavu

The restaurant staffing shortage is a major challenge for restaurant owners today. According to the National Restaurant Association 2023 Restaurant Industry Forecast , 9 in 10 restaurants are experiencing staffing shortages. This statistic is based on a survey of restaurant operators conducted in January 2023. The 2021 COVID-19 pandemic caused many people to leave the hospitality industry, and many have not returned.

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13 Scary Fun October Promotion Ideas for Bars and Restaurants

Buzztime Business

Fall is in the air. Or, that’s just the scent of a pumpkin spice latte. Either way, America’s favorite season is in full swing and it’s time to ramp up October promotion ideas at your bar, brewery, or restaurant. We’ve got you covered from October 1 st (International Coffee Day) through the 31 st (Halloween). Along the way, we whipped up some graphics you can totally use on Instagram, Facebook, in your emails…anywhere. 4 October Promotion Ideas You Can Run All Month Don’t be tempted to focus all

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Is Your Restaurant AI the Real Deal? Here Are Five Questions to Ask Vendors

Modern Restaurant Management

The restaurant industry is undergoing a technology renaissance. Everywhere you care to look, AI and automation can be found taking on critical roles and supporting restaurants, bars, cafes, and coffee shops still battling against labor shortages and rising inflation. Robots are helping with food prep and even serving dine-in customers. Data-driven analytics tools are allowing restaurants to optimize pricing and personalize menu options.

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Clarissa Wei Knows All Too Well That Food Is Political

EATER

An Rong Xu /Eater In her debut cookbook, ‘Made in Taiwan,’ the journalist uses recipes to tell the story of the island’s people, and take a stand on its sovereignty “I’m not a food influencer or a professional chef,” Clarissa Wei says. “A lot of people are really good at coming up with gorgeous new recipes that no one has ever seen before. That’s not my strong suit at all.

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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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Chipotle agrees to pay $400,000 to settle sexual harassment lawsuit in Seattle area

Restaurant Business

Filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year, the lawsuit involves allegations that a manager sexually assaulted a worker who was just 17 at the time. With the settlement, Chipotle does not admit wrongdoing.

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Restaurant jobs grew by 15K in August

7 Shifts

The restaurant industry continues to display its resilience as it steadily adds more jobs month after month. Preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that the Food Services and Drinking Places sector experienced a net gain of 14,900 jobs in August. This momentum is in sync with the industry's performance during the spring and summer months, consistently averaging an increase of 15,000 jobs per month.

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Homage to Chef Bernard Loiseau at Restaurant Daniel in New York

Sante

Francophiles, gastronomes, and oenophiles flocked to Michelin two-star Restaurant Daniel, in Manhattan, New York on September 14th, 2023.

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Millions of Americans will lose food assistance if the government shuts down

The Salt

A shutdown would affect the nearly 7 million women and children who rely on WIC for healthy food. Free school lunch and Meals on Wheels are also at risk, and SNAP could be impacted eventually too. (Image credit: Rogelio V.

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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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Three Things Your POS Can’t Do if You Lose Internet

Modern Restaurant Management

Nearly every restaurant in the United States relies on a Point of Sale (POS) system for the majority of its front-of-house operations. That system needs access to the internet in order to keep functioning. But what happens when your restaurant suffers an internet outage, taking your POS system with it? Not only can that become frustrating for your guests, but it can also make in-house operations much more difficult.

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Feast on Sushi, Steak, and Globalization at Iraq’s American-Themed Buffet

EATER

Inspired by a Florida Golden Corral, developed in the Netherlands, and imported to Kurdistan, ABC Restaurant features an assortment of global cuisines all filtered through the semi-autonomous region’s relationship with the U.S. Every Friday at dinner time, a spry-looking Uncle Sam — stovepipe hat, stars-and-stripes suit, surprisingly brown beard — dances his way around the 11 sprawling buffet stations of ABC Restaurant.

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Sweetgreen fostered a hostile and discriminatory work environment in New York stores, lawsuit alleges

Restaurant Business

In a complaint filed in New York Supreme Court, 10 plaintiffs described an atmosphere of racial slurs and sexually inappropriate comments, mostly coming from two managers.

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The Impact of Color and Lighting in Brand Photography

Social Hospitality

The right photos have the power to sway customer opinions in a matter of seconds, both positively and negatively. As such, carefully consider every image your brand puts out online or in print. This is why brand photography is so important. Below, we’ll go over what brand photography is as well as how the use of light and color can help convey your brand’s identity and leave your customers wanting more.

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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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Six Important Steps Restaurants Should Take to Build a Strong Food Safety Culture

Modern Restaurant Management

Ensuring food safety is essential for restaurant brands and others within the food industry. A weak food safety culture can have severe consequences, including product recalls, foodborne illnesses, reputational damage, diminished customer loyalty, and financial losses. Restaurants and other food businesses must prioritize building and maintaining a strong food safety culture to mitigate these risks.

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Optimize Local SEO for Your Restaurant

Modern Restaurant Management

When it comes to attracting customers to restaurants, local SEO is crucial and can optimize their online presence to attract more local customers. What Is Local SEO? Local Search is a search format where Google's algorithms rely on location data to display specific results according to the geographic location of the user or other locations suggested by them.

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The Topic Is Tipping

Modern Restaurant Management

Guests are dining out more often than last year and and rewarding great service, with the highest tips at bars and fine dining restaurants, according to hospitality industry data from Lightspeed Commerce Inc. The data suggests guests are willing to tip more for great service when digital tools are available to ease the payment process. Key findings include: Tipping is on the rise : Good news for servers: diners aren’t skimping on tips.

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Bytes & Bites: The Future-Ready Fusion of Foodservice and Technology

Modern Restaurant Management

The fusion of technology and food service is transforming the way restaurants operate, enhancing customer experiences, and shaping the future of the industry. From the way we place orders to how they’re prepared, every facet of the food service sector is being touched by technology. It’s not just about speed, efficiency or frugality – it’s a seamless customer journey.

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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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MRM EXCLUSIVE: New Research Reveals Restaurant Managers Are Key Ingredient in the Recipe for Staff Retention

Modern Restaurant Management

Restaurant employees play an integral role in the dining experience, representing the building blocks of delightful guest experiences, ultimately creating loyal patrons who come back for more. However, in today's economic environment, restaurant staffing is being put to the test, posing a bigger challenge today than ever before. Restaurants not only face a labor shortage , but employee wages have been rising , and worker productivity across industries has plunged to a historical depth.

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Ahead of Fire Prevention Week – Is Your Bar/Restaurant Safe?

Modern Restaurant Management

As a result of the Great Chicago Fire that killed 250 people in 1871, the National Fire Protection Association has declared the public observance of Fire Prevention Week since 1922, marking more than 100 years this year of the public observance. The holiday was later cemented by President Coolidge, marking the longest-running public health and safety observance on record.

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Connecting with the Millennial Generation of Diners: Embracing New Mover Marketing Strategies

Modern Restaurant Management

The Millennial generation is a force to be reckoned with, not only in the housing market but also in the dining industry. As Millennial homeownership surpasses Millennial renters for the first time, restaurants have a golden opportunity to engage this valuable demographic through targeted new mover marketing strategies. Millennials have been charting a new course for home ownership, with the number of Millennial homeowners reaching a staggering 18.2 million in 2022.

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How to Avoid the Top Seven Restaurant Inventory Management Mistakes

Modern Restaurant Management

Inefficient restaurant inventory management practices, improper storage, gaps in inventory logs, theft, and waste can cause even the most successful kitchens to struggle or fail. Fortunately, all of these can be prevented by knowing the top mistakes and implementing best practices to avoid them. Below are the top seven inventory management mistakes restaurants are making, and how to correct them.

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2024 Restaurant Spending Trends to Stay Ahead of the Curve

How do you stay on top of what your customers are expecting when they step through your doors? Do you know what’s on their mind? How are you going to account for what they’re planning on doing months from now? As we head into 2024, price-related issues are still top-of-mind for restaurant customers after the inflation boom earlier this year. In this new report, we give you the latest insights on consumer spending trends, attitudes on tipping, and how you can respond.

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Food Delivery Fraud: Challenges in Ensuring Security for Platforms, Drivers, and Consumers

Modern Restaurant Management

The U.S. is the second-largest online food delivery market​ and generated an estimated $218B in revenue in 2022. And experts predict the market will increase close to $500B by 2027. Due to the growth and increased demand, leading food delivery platforms such as Uber Eats, DoorDash​, and Grubhub are also facing the growing threat of fraud and abuse on both the customer and driver sides as scams and scammers become more sophisticated.

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Beyond Transactions: How to Use Data to Drive Meaningful Connections and Customer Loyalty

Modern Restaurant Management

Without customer loyalty, it’s difficult to succeed in any business, particularly when you’re competing in a crowded landscape like hospitality. Customer retention plays a significant role, with existing customers spending two-thirds more than new ones and 70 percent of Americans considering loyalty programs as a top reason to be faithful to their favorite brands.

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The True Cost of Ice Machine Ownership

Modern Restaurant Management

Think of commercial ice equipment like your vehicle. Once you buy it, you still have to budget for ongoing maintenance and repair expenses that will come up as long as you drive the car. Choose not to perform the recommended maintenance on your vehicle, and eventually you’ll run into major problems that cost you much more than the maintenance would’ve.

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