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On the Road to Relief: Restaurant Trends and Opportunities to Watch

Modern Restaurant Management

Restaurant operators have faced stiff headwinds since 2020, with a near-constant swirl of inflation, supply chain and labor challenges. But if last year was any indicator, restaurant operators are on the road to relief in 2024. According to September 2023 numbers from the National Restaurant Association , 49 percent of restaurants reported year-over-year increases in same-store sales.

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What does loyalty mean for restaurants? A complete guide to creating lifelong regulars

Open for Business

Loyalty is more than a frequent guest punch card or a points-based rewards program in the restaurant world. It’s about making meaningful connections with guests to keep them coming back time and time again. Think of the couple celebrating their anniversary at the same table each year or the solo diner who frequents the neighborhood café for their morning ritual.

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How to Successfully Retain Restaurant Customers in 2024

Chef's Resources

March 9, 2024 How to Successfully Retain Restaurant Customers in 2024 It’s easy to fall into the trap of focusing solely on how to attract new customers, and not have a plan for how to retain restaurant customers. Returning customers offer the most value to your restaurant. A strong contingent of loyal patrons can do […] The post How to Successfully Retain Restaurant Customers in 2024 appeared first on Chefs Resources.

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SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

Sante

It’s all small stuff The post SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF appeared first on Santé Magazine.

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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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ACCOMPLISHED COOK – WHEN COMPETENCE ECLIPSES A LACK OF CONFIDENCE

Culinary Cues

Most of us have been there at some point. You know the feeling and you shake your head thinking back to those moments. You thought you were good, a solid line cook or prep cook, a couple years of experience under your belt working in a busy restaurant. You were on fire and felt confident that you would be a star in any operation. So, you applied for a job at one of the best restaurants in town, a place admired by all.

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A Restaurant Profit Calculator That Drives Smart Decisions

Evergreen

The restaurant industry is a highly competitive and challenging business. With rising costs, changing consumer preferences, and increasing competition, it’s vital for restaurants to focus on profit maximization in order to stay competitive and grow.

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Chefs Love Wonder, the Latest App Trying to Disrupt Delivery. Will Diners Follow Suit?

EATER

Tomekah George Wonder’s big idea for food delivery is to own every aspect of the process, from recipe development to the moment it ends up at your door A few weeks ago, chef JJ Johnson launched a new restaurant concept in downtown Brooklyn. It’s called Bankside, with a menu that includes peel-and-eat shrimp, clam chowder, crispy cod sandwiches, and a lobster roll.

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The Benefits of Virtual Reality in Bars

The Rail

By Nick Dimatteo, Fortyfivegames Growing up in the ‘80s, many Saturday mornings included me watching The Jetsons over a bowl of neon-colored, sugar infused cereal (prize inside the box!). The Jetsons were a space-age nuclear family with some pretty amazing inventions and technological wonders at their disposal. I could only imagine a world where you could actually see the people you were on the phone with and have conversations with the family robot.

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Finding the best suppliers for your restaurant: A simple guide

Clover - Restaurants

Thankfully, the restaurant industry has bounced back from those difficult times, but one thing is still true–supply chain challenges continue to be obstacles that cannot be overlooked. Reliable, quality food suppliers for restaurants are one of the few key components that a dining establishment must have to remain operational. As a result, take time to carefully vet and build relationships with your key partners.

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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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Restaurant Execs Optimistic About AI Impact

Modern Restaurant Management

More than half of respondents (54 percent) expressed optimism about the positive impact of AI in the restaurant industry, according to a survey from Slang.ai. Despite this optimism, less than one-third of operators currently utilize AI indicating untapped potential for technological integration within the industry. A promising 71.6 percent of restaurant operators plan to adopt AI soon, with nearly 94 percent acknowledging its necessity to remain competitive.

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Restaurants can Affect Wine and Spirit Sales

Sante

Enter the 2024 Santé Wine & Spirits International Awards to increase your exposure. The post Restaurants can Affect Wine and Spirit Sales appeared first on Santé Magazine.

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Choosing the Best Restaurant Inventory Software: What to Look For

Sculpture Hospitality

The restaurant hustle never sleeps, and neither do the challenges that come with it. As a restaurant manager, you’ve likely experienced your fair share of inaccurate inventory , inefficient processes, product waste, and potentially even lower-than-expected profit margins.

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How to Ace a Conference as an SMB Owner

Chowly

6 Tips to Make it Well-Worth Your Time- Conference season is upon us in the restaurant industry. We know that conferences can inspire a mixture of emotions — excitement, anxiety, curiosity. The more prepared you can be as a small-to-midsize restaurateur, the more you’ll gain from any business conference you attend. Here are a few tips for ensuring your time at restaurant conferences go smoothly and that you’ll get the most out of the conference. 1.

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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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Beyond the Plate: Evolution and Exploration in the 2024 Restaurant Scene

Modern Restaurant Management

The year 2024 promises a journey of adaptation and fierce competition for the restaurant industry as it manages stronger-than-expected economic data and slowing inflation while dealing with the headwinds of short labor supply, more demanding customers and an uncertain political environment. Brands find themselves at a pivotal juncture, where they have the opportunity to both captivate customers and secure their loyalty through a thoughtful blend of innovation and tradition.

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RLC Innovation Forum 2024: Navigating Complex Labor Laws & Rising Costs

Crunchtime

In our 2023 Restaurant Operations Report , respondents shared that stores are insufficiently staffed—either understaffed or overstaffed—for 38% of shifts in any given week. With the added challenges of complicated labor laws and minimum wage hikes, it’s no wonder that more than half indicated they plan to invest in labor scheduling technology in the coming year.

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Podcast: Tips and Tactics to Achieve Inventory Management Excellence

Sculpture Hospitality

We're thrilled to share with you a must-listen (or watch) resource for anyone in the hospitality industry looking to elevate their inventory management game.

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Case study: Labor-Saving Ingredients Aid Innovation

Restaurant Business

The constraints of today’s labor environment can put a freeze on innovation, as the need for consistency and speed of service can outweigh creativity and differentiation. To unlock that puzzle, today’s high-volume chefs are increasingly turning to products that deliver on consistency and easy execution. The challenge is front and center at Orlando, Fla.

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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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Yelp Data Reveals Fastest Growing Brands

Modern Restaurant Management

The comeback of the food court and the impact of small treats were among the trends uncovered in Yelp’s first-ever Fastest Growing Brands report , which ranks brands that are growing the fastest on and off of Yelp. The top five food businesses that saw increases in consumer interest are: CAVA: +54 percent Scooter’s Coffee: +51 percent LongHorn Steakhouse: +38 percent The Habit Burger Grill: +29 percent Wawa: +88 percent The list highlights Challenger brands, which are not market leaders but a

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3 Ways Restaurant Mobile POS Systems Keep Patio Operations Profitable

Squirrel Systems

Creating efficiencies at your restaurant using Mobile POS solutions Understanding how to keep your restaurant patio operations profitable requires a strategic look at your on-the-floor dynamics. Part of this strategy involves understanding the role your servers should be playing to accommodate more diners and ensure service functions efficiently without downplaying the guest experience.

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23 Mother's Day Restaurant Ideas Moms Will Love in 2024

SpotOn

Springtime brings a veritable buffet of delights: longer days, warmer weather, leaves on the trees, and a whole day to treat Mom like royalty. Moms aren't the only winners, however. Independent restaurants have the opportunity to join in celebrating mothers and brunch items by creating a special mother's day brunch menu, dinner service, or promotions that cater to families.

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Momofuku Says It Will No Longer Enforce ‘Chile Crunch’ Trademark

EATER

David Chang during an appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” | Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal via Getty Images After drawing backlash, Dave Chang released a special podcast episode to explain his side of the chile crunch trademark controversy Last week, chef Dave Chang drew ire across the food community after the Guardian reported that Momofuku, the packaged goods brand that Chang spun out of his popular restaurants, had begun to enforce its trademark on the term “chile crunch” and was sending cea

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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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Building a Food Culture

Modern Restaurant Management

When you jump into the world of Industrial and Organizational (IO) Psychology, culture is a predominant theme. That’s because one of the secrets to performance within any group, whether that is in the workplace, organizations, and even at home is to become cohesive, and the catalyst for cohesion is through culture. And in talking about bringing stability into our food businesses, culture can be that secret ingredient that makes all the difference in attracting the right people, retaining g

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MOD Pizza shuttered 26 restaurants during the first quarter

Restaurant Business

Five units were in California but the fast-food wage there was not to blame, the fast casual said. The closed restaurants in 10 states and the District of Columbia were "underperformers.

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227. Restaurant Technology Guys Podcast Ep. 227 – Harnessing Restaurant Technology: A Deep Dive with It’s a Checkmate

Restaurant Technology Guys

In the rapidly evolving landscape of the restaurant industry, technology has taken center stage as both a catalyst for growth and an essential tool for managing complexity. In a recent episode of the Restaurant Technology Guys podcast, host Jeremy Julian sat down with Vishal Agarwal, founder and CEO of It’s a Checkmate, to discuss the revolution in digital ordering and how restaurants are adapting to meet their customers wherever they are—be it online, through an app, or beyond.

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Momofuku Says It Will No Longer Enforce ‘Chile Crunch’ Trademark

EATER

David Chang during an appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” | Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal via Getty Images After drawing backlash, Dave Chang released a special podcast episode to explain his side of the chile crunch trademark controversy Last week, chef Dave Chang drew ire across the food community after the Guardian reported that Momofuku, the packaged goods brand that Chang spun out of his popular restaurants, had begun to enforce its trademark on the term “chile crunch” and was sending cea

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Individual Development Plan Template

There’s no way around it: sometimes employees need your help. Use this free template to clarify expectations, share resources, and set a timeline. Best case scenario, this process helps them improve. Worst case, your great recordkeeping keeps you compliant even if they move on. Download the template today!

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The Mighty Mural: How Restaurant Brands Reap Social Media Benefits – and More – Through Art

Modern Restaurant Management

Love it or hate it, social media dictates what’s hot and what’s not. According to Social Media Today , 30 percent of millennial diners avoid restaurants with a limited Instagram presence. Across generations, a UK poll indicates that 41 percent of would-be diners turn to social media as the best way to judge if a restaurant is worth visiting.

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Why restaurants should take advantage of a portable benefits program

Restaurant Business

Working Lunch: The podcast from Align Public Strategies features a discussion of a portable benefits pilot program as well as the media uproar over California’s $20 fast food wage.

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RLC Innovation Forum 2024: Navigating Complex Labor Laws & Rising Costs

Crunchtime

In our 2023 Restaurant Operations Report , respondents shared that stores are insufficiently staffed—either understaffed or overstaffed—for 38% of shifts in any given week. With the added challenges of complicated labor laws and minimum wage hikes, it’s no wonder that more than half indicated they plan to invest in labor scheduling technology in the coming year.