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Restaurant Insiders Reflect on Issues Addressed in ‘The Bear’

Modern Restaurant Management

While viewers are anticipating the third season premiere of "The Bear" on June 27, the show really hits home for industry insiders as the dark comedy highlghts the daily struggles of operating a restaurant as well as opening one. It's raw and realistic portrayal of the struggles to keep a family-owned restaurant in Chicago up and running, mirror the real-world experiences of many in the industry, particularly in the areas of financial and mental health. "'The Bear' does a

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How to Simplify Your Takeout Business with Online Order Aggregation

ChowNow

Online food ordering and delivery has experienced a staggering growth rate of over 20% in the past five years , which means restaurants are taking orders across multiple platforms to stay competitive. While ordering and delivery platforms are helpful for increasing visibility, they also create challenges for restaurant staff who must juggle multiple tablets, leading to potential errors and a poor diner experience.

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Restaurant Consulting Services Explained

The Restaurant Group

Navigating the Restaurant Industry: A Comprehensive Guide to Restaurant Consulting With 749,404 restaurants in the U.S., finding your footing can be challenging. But it’s not impossible. With the expert guidance and advice of restaurant consulting firms like TRG, you can achieve the prime spot in this dynamic sector. Why Invest in Restaurant Consulting Services Opening a restaurant is brutal.

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STEPPING INTO PROFESSIONALISM

Culinary Cues

There are kitchens and there are kitchens. Painting the environment that surrounds cooking with the same brush is unfair and quite inaccurate; yet many do. Those operations that resemble the caldrons of hell filled with arrogance, bullying, unprofessional behavior, and a lack of respect for people, product, and process is the same as categorizing musicians, athletes, business leaders, and politicians under a unified profile.

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HR in 2025: Insights & Predictions

What type of worker is most engaged—hybrid, remote, or onsite? What are the drivers of effective leadership? What does the C-suite think HR is most responsible for? And why is a wave of HR resignations more likely in the next 12 months? Get our annual survey report to find out: The #1 challenge of recruiting & hiring Why remote teams are struggling What are the drivers of effective (and ineffective) leadership And lots more!

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Managing Gen Z Employees: A Guide for Restaurant Owners

Goliath Consulting

As the newest generation to enter the workforce, Generation Z (those born between 1997 and 2012) brings unique characteristics, values, and expectations. Understanding how to effectively manage and engage Gen Z employees is crucial for restaurant owners and managers looking to maintain a motivated and productive team. Here are some key strategies to consider: 1.

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Sneaky Beans, Bougie Baking Mix, and More Takeaways from the Fancy Food Show

EATER

The Summer Fancy Food Show happens in New York City every year. | Bettina Makalintal I traversed the expo’s cheese-stuffed aisles to see what we can expect in our shoppy shops and grocery stores in the coming months Every summer, sellers of fancy cheeses, cultured butters, alt-pastas, collagen waters, chicharron croutons, broccoli hummus, and all sorts of other things you can eat descend on New York City’s Javits Center for the Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show.

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New York restaurateur shares cautionary tale of cyber scam

Restaurant Business

A sophisticated attack robbed Gotham Bar & Grill of its payroll and forced the restaurant to shutter temporarily. Owner Bret Csencsitz wants others in the industry to learn from his mistakes.

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10 Ways to Cut High Operating Costs in Your Restaurant

TastyIgniter

Operating costs in your restaurant can make or break your business. From menu optimization to energy efficiency, this comprehensive guide explores 10 effective strategies to slash expenses without compromising quality. Learn how to boost your bottom line while maintaining customer satisfaction.

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Get Inspired by These 2 Restaurant Success Stories

Restaurant Engine

Two different restaurants have similar elements to their success stories. What makes a restaurant successful? Does your restaurant have that special recipe? In this article, we hope you get inspired by these two vastly different restaurants and their success stories. These are restaurateurs who’ve taken it to the next level. First, let’s look at what makes a restaurant successful so you can better understand what these restaurants did right.

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What Will We See on Future Menus?

Modern Restaurant Management

Diners should expect to be delighted by modernized comfort food and low-waste menus, according to Unilever Food Solutions’ Future Menus Top North America Trends 2024 report. It also acts as a recipe guide with solutions to industry-wide challenges, from cost-saving initiatives that ease labor shortages to recipes backed by forward-thinking trends.

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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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How to Lower Restaurant Labor Costs and Boost Profitability: Quick Wins and Long-Term Solutions

ChowNow

Running a restaurant and operating a business are two sides of the hospitality coin: the former keeps food hitting tables and the latter makes sure you can do it again tomorrow. It’s always been a challenge to do both well, but recent increases in labor and food costs have intensified these challenges. With inflation rising and the job market becoming more competitive, finding and retaining talent while managing costs is a top priority for restaurateurs.

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How the Big Queer Food Fest Was Built

EATER

In May, the Big Queer Food Fest took place in Boston. | Big Queer Food Fest The founders of the Big Queer Food Fest have plans for 2025. In the meantime, they’re finding out just how big the queer food community is. Being of the generation raised by Food Network, Top Chef , and Anthony Bourdain, I developed certain ideas of what a chef looked like. A chef could be bawdy and brash or obsessed with science.

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A 48-unit Subway franchisee declares bankruptcy

Restaurant Business

River Subs LLC, a large operator out of San Antonio is seeking Chapter 11 debt protection after losing a nearly $3 million judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit.

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Restaurant Guests in the Driver’s Seat

Modern Restaurant Management

The popularity of drive-thru continues as sales are up 30 percent since 2019. But what do customers want from the drive-thru experience and how can QSRs better meet those needs? How will the drive-thru change in the coming years? To learn how brands can improve the drive-thru experience for their guests and their team, Modern Restaurant Management (MRM) magazine reached out to Kevin Jones, VP of QSR and Hospitality at Mood Media, who has a proven record in sales and account management revenue gr

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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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Restaurant Efficiency: Strategic Kitchen Reconfigurations

Aaron Allen & Associates

Enhanced Restaurant Efficiency and Profitability Via Strategic Kitchen Reconfigurations: Ignite Your Restaurant’s Future In the fast-paced restaurant industry, staying ahead of the competition requires constant innovation and adaptation. One of the most impactful changes you can make is optimizing your kitchen layout and operations. At Aaron Allen & Associates, we specialize in strategic kitchen reconfigurations that not only streamline your back-of-house processes but also significantly

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Turning the Corner: How to Manage a Restaurant (As a Restaurant Owner)

SpotOn

Turning the Corner is a new series from SpotOn Restaurateur-in-Residence Scott Youkilis. Find mindful advice on all aspects of the restaurant business — the good, the bad, and the expletive-inducing, from someone who has been there before. I got into the restaurant industry because I wanted to throw a party every night, and I thought I could make a lot of money doing it.

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Hooters closes some struggling restaurants, citing a difficult market

Restaurant Business

The sports bar chain abruptly shut its doors in parts of Texas, Florida, Kentucky and Virginia. A local media outlet put the total number of closures at 40.

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Donatos: From Transformation to Transition

Modern Restaurant Management

"Pizza is more than just food; it’s a way to bring people together," Tom Krouse said when asked to describe what it is about pizza that has kept him in love with it for so many years. "I love its universal appeal and the joy it brings to people. At Donatos Pizza, our commitment to quality and community makes our pizza special, and being a part of that has been incredibly fulfilling." The Donatos CEO is retiring in October after 24 years and passing the torch to Kevin King,

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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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Top 5 Priorities for Restaurant Operators and How to Address Them

Squirrel Systems

Running a restaurant is a complex task that requires balancing numerous priorities to ensure success. Here are the top five priorities for restaurant operators and practical strategies to address them: 1. Ensuring Consistent Food Quality Priority: Delivering high-quality food consistently is paramount. This involves sourcing fresh ingredients, maintaining proper kitchen procedures, and ensuring dishes meet the expected standards every time they are served.

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What is a Dive Bar? A Drinker's Guide.

SpotOn

The answer to the question, "What is a dive bar?" is more of a philosophical exercise than a straightforward definition. Wine bars serve wine, small plates, and upscale bar snacks, country bars offer cheap beer and twangy, live music, and sports bars mean wings and flatscreen TVs. Dive bars are elusive. They don't necessarily share drink menus and decor, but you know one when you see one.

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Weak sales and delayed tax refunds push an Arby's franchisee into bankruptcy

Restaurant Business

Miracle Restaurant Group, which operates 25 restaurants in Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana, sought Chapter 11 debt protection for the second time.

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Creating an Effective Cell Phone Policy for Restaurant Staff

Modern Restaurant Management

What are the best practices for instilling an effective cell phone policy for staff at your restaurant? It's a tough issue. This episode of Making Dough Show ! host Hengam Stanfield delves into this topic offering suggestions for creating an efficient and productive workable environment.

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How to Design a People-First Benefits Package for Your Unique Team

Benefits are central to any HR strategy. A strong benefits package attracts top talent, boosts engagement, and retains top performers.

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Menu Design: How to Craft a Menu That Sells

ChefMod

Creating a menu that not only tempts customers but also boosts your restaurant’s profitability is an art and a science. From clever design and strategic pricing to understanding your audience, every detail matters. In this post, we’ll explore essential tips for crafting a menu that sells, alongside the valuable services offered by ChefMod to streamline your operations.

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Learning, Growing, Washing Your Jeans with Ashley Bresette

SpotOn

Restaurants are Ashley Bresette’s happy, comfy place—even when she’s on hour 10 of an install, climbing underneath a dirty bar to untangle a complicated mess of cables. “As long as the technology setup looks good in the end. My jeans can always get washed,” Ashley reasons.  Since her first summer job scooping ice cream at 15, Ashley has felt most at home in restaurant jobs (no matter the impact on her denim).

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Chick-fil-A's top-ranking customer-satisfaction score may be slipping

Restaurant Business

In this year's American Customer Satisfaction Index, the Atlanta-based chicken chain remains the top-ranked limited-service chain. But its score declined.

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Six Low-Lift Tips for Restaurants Ahead of National Insurance Day

Modern Restaurant Management

While maybe less cute than National Pet Day (4/11) and less tasty than National Cheeseburger Day (9/18), National Insurance Day on June 28 encourages businesses to review their policies to ensure financial success and safety for all involved. Ahead of the holiday, Society Insurance has put together six low-lift things restaurant business owners can do on June 28 (or year-round) to make sure they’re in a good spot against common insurance claims.

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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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Chile Belachan Is Pure Fire, But There’s Depth to Its Heat

EATER

Lille Allen/Eater Combined with bird’s eye chiles, fermented shrimp paste transforms into a delightfully funky flavor bomb India did not have much of a packaged hot sauce culture when I was growing up there in the 1990s. For true heat, my family and I ignored the clotting, barely used bottle of Tabasco on the dinner table in favor of the pantheon of fresh and dried chiles, chile powders, pickles, and Indo-Chinese sauces at our disposal.

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5 Ways to Manage Negative Online Reviews and Protect Your Reputation

TastyIgniter

Manage negative online reviews effectively to protect your restaurant's reputation. Learn five key strategies: respond promptly, use feedback constructively, encourage positive reviews, implement a comprehensive reputation management strategy, and turn negative experiences into positive outcomes. Discover how to leverage criticism for business growth.

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How restaurants should operate in a price-sensitive market

Restaurant Business

A Deeper Dive: Juan Martinez, principal with Profitality, joins the podcast to talk about value and how companies can win in a tough market.

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QSR Automations Joins the Toast Partner Ecosystem

QSR Automations

LOUISVILLE, Ky, June 25, 2024 — Today, QSR Automations is excited to announce that it has joined the Toast Partner Ecosystem. This integration is designed to help restaurants to leverage both the Toast platform and QSR Automations’ ConnectSmart® Kitchen software to help restaurants manage their speed of service and bottom-line efficiencies. The ConnectSmart® platform is the industry standard for kitchen automation, and leverages technology to keep kitchens calmer, customers happier, and restaura

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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