If you were out of the loop this past weekend, a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Ann Arbor, MI ran a pretty big promotion: Patrons of that particular steakhouse who are University of Michigan fans (who are located within minutes of each other) were able to get a discount from their bill based from the points… Read More
How today’s Google Assistant announcement can shape the future of restaurant interactions.
In case you missed it earlier today, Google announced a few things (to say the least). The big company released a new phone, a new smart speaker (similar to the Amazon Echo), a new VR headset, a Wi-Fi module, and even a new Chromecast. While all of those new products just mentioned might be good… Read More
Why your restaurant staff might need to know both Imperial and Metric units.
Right now in the United States we’re governed by inches, feet, ounces, pounds, and miles. And while the rest of the world is governed by centimeters, meters, grams, kilograms, and kilometers. Whether one believe it’s true-or-not, there’s one place where, at least ideally, both are used: Restaurants. Here are a couple reasons why if you… Read More
The events you should add to your restaurant’s calendar for October.
This past Thursday was, believe-it-or-not because of the Florida weather, the beginning of Autumn. And what does that mean? Start taking the time, if you haven’t already, to prepare for the events of October. What is perhaps most important about the 10th month, besides Halloween, is that it’s technically the first full month of autumn.… Read More
Why a sandwich prep table is much more useful for your restaurant kitchen than you think.
Whether you’re operating a restaurant, a food truck, or a food trailer, there’s always a good chance that you have a sandwich prep table as a part of your commercial kitchen lineup. But a restaurant kitchen unit like a sandwich prep can be significantly more useful than just making sandwiches. Here are some reasons why… Read More
Other people you should hire for your restaurant that’s beyond the house.
While most of your restaurant’s staff are either going to be front-of-the-house or back-of-the-house, you will also need other people outside of the house in order to keep your restaurant smoothly running. Here are a few kinds of people you should have for your establishment. A graphic designer Believe it or not, having a graphic… Read More
Events to add to your restaurant calendar in August.
Believe it or not, July is almost already coming to a close. And that also means it’s time to start preparing yourself (if not already) for the eighth month of the calendar: August. Here are only a few of the events you should prepare yourself for in the upcoming month. The 2016 Summer Olympics … Read More
What you need to keep in mind about restaurant and food truck inspections
Regardless of what you think about restaurant inspections, it’s going to be a part of your life if you decide to open a restaurant or a food truck. No matter what your personal stance on inspections might be, it’s something that really does need to be taken serious and something to keep in mind. Here’s… Read More
Small things you can do to help keep your restaurant staff motivated.
As a lot of restaurants and food trucks/food trailers are constantly fast-paced to try to serve their patrons as quickly as possible without losing quality, that can take a toll on both your front house staff and your back house staff. Here are small, but potentially useful tips to keep your constantly busy staff motivated.… Read More
This might be the future of the food trailer.
(Source: Movico BV) If you watch Formula One, you’ll notice that in the paddock, the teams have these buildings where team personnel can have meals, and where drivers can rest. These transforming trailers, otherwise called mobile hospitality units (some might even call it a glorified pop up trailer), has the potential to become the next… Read More
Why your restaurant should embrace Pokémon GO.
Ever wonder why people seem to be mindlessly staring at their smartphone and walking at the same time lately? Well it’s because it’s the app phenomenon that’s been such a big hit that Nintendo’s shares jumped 25%. And that’s called Pokemon GO (iTunes / Google Play). And if you’re running a restaurant, a commercial kitchen, or… Read More
What restaurants can learn from auto racing
Yes, it’s true that not is the same between restaurants and auto racing in face value, there are actually enough similarities between the two disciplines that restaurants today can learn a thing or two from the world of auto racing. While this article won’t be focusing on a specific racing discipline, but across racing in… Read More
“That Exists?” – Commercial kitchen equipment you probably don’t know that exists
Whether you know this or not, it’s important to know that the exhaustive list of commercial kitchen equipment isn’t just something you could conveniently fit in a catalog. In fact, there are so much different varieties out there that it’s likely even your most seasoned foodservice veteran will know all the equipment out there. At… Read More
The shocking lack of back-of-the-house technology is a problem.
Let’s not ignore the elephant in the room. The front-of-the-house is spoiled with apps. Need to manage reservations? There’s an app for that. Need a POS system with a smart-device footprint? There’s an app for that too…and so on and so forth. But the pattern goes true for the other way around–there’s almost no apps… Read More
Here are some restaurant gimmicks that need to go.
These days, restaurants have to be constantly innovative and on the top of trends in order to reach their top marketing potential. But it can be incredibly easy to confuse an inventive marketing tactic for a gimmick. While an exhaustive list of restaurant gimmicks might as well be longer than a research paper, here are… Read More
The events you should add to your restaurant’s calendar for June
Believe it or not, it’s almost the end of May, and what does that mean? June! Events such as Father’s Day, Summer Solstice, and the NBA Finals are only some of the events you should host or do something with in relation to your restaurant, food truck, or concession trailer. Some of your essential events… Read More
Why isn’t Sous Vide dominating restaurant kitchens?
While not commonly discussed in the restaurant kitchen, the Sous Vide method of cooking has pretty much captivated America’s home chefs. The fact that you can vacum-seal a steak, place the sealed steak within a controlled water bath, and produce an excellent steak is so popular it’s still being marketed as the next big thing… Read More
The ways you can optimize your menu descriptions.
Designing your restaurant’s menu can be hard. Do you just want one page? Multiple pages? do you want a brochure-style or a booklet style? Regardless of how your menu will look like, there’s one important thing you can do: Make the descriptions simple. Here are a few tips to writing menu descriptions so that you… Read More
Event ideas your establishment should hold during Cinco de Mayo
Believe it or not, chain restaurants promote huge around the time Cinco de Mayo approaches. And whether your establishment does special events during the celebration fo the Mexican victory of the Battle of Puebla, this is a good time for your establishment to celebrate as well. Hold happy hour sales. If your establishment already do some… Read More
Why you should post employee schedules one month in advance.
If you’re running a restaurant, food truck, or concession trailer with a fair amount of employees–either on the front of the house or the back of the house– you’ll have gotten used to posting employee schedules. But whether you post the schedule(s) a day ahead of time, or a week ahead of time, that’s really… Read More