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Summer 2021 Food & Beverage Trends

With the pandemic and climate change being hot topics in recent months, Summer 2021 will have guests wanting to see more healthy and sustainable items on their menu. As a result, there will be a significant push for plant-based dishes and those featuring natural and functional ingredients from elderberries to turmeric. Here we share some of the major food and beverage trends operators can expect this upcoming season.

Important Updates on the Employee Retention Tax Credit for Employers

If you’re a small restaurant or business with 500 or fewer employees and you’ve had more than a 20% decline of gross receipts in a quarter compared to 2019, you may be interested in hearing about this latest news regarding the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC). And thanks to the new provision in the law, yes, this applies even if you’ve already applied for the first or second draw PPP loan.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF): What to do ASAP

UPDATE: On 3/30/21, SBA has announced that Restaurant Revitalization Fund applicants no longer need to sign up for a SAM.gov account or have a DUNS number. This change will not impact your participation in the RRF if you’ve already obtained these numbers. For more info, check out this resource provided by the IRC Recently the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) has been signed into law as a part of the American Rescue Plan. The RRF will provide $28.6 billion tax-free grants for hard-hit restaurants with 20 or fewer locations. While the RRF will be administered by the U.S. Small Business AdministrationContinue reading “Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF): What to do ASAP”

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What is Your Restaurant Culture?

Though words like “work culture” and “cultural fit” have been controversial in the recruiting realm (1), there is no denying that restaurants with excellent work culture benefit from happy employees and many loyal customers. Here are 3 Reasons why we think creating an Authentic Restaurant culture can benefit your business.

How to Adjust Your Restaurant Recruiting Process to Cure Your COVID-19 Staffing Woes

By Bora Kang, Colin Kopel Restaurant staffing was hard enough before the pandemic, with common hurdles such as no-shows, mistake hires and high turnover rates (1). But the COVID-19 pandemic may have only made it worse. Despite the fact there are more unemployed foodservice workers and less competition now that there have been more than 100,000 restaurant closures nationwide (2, 3), most restaurants face a tighter labor market, and operators are finding themselves in a bind to find more talent. According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), for example, 30% of restaurant operators admitted that they have job openings thatContinue reading “How to Adjust Your Restaurant Recruiting Process to Cure Your COVID-19 Staffing Woes”

How COVID-19 Vaccination Will Roll Out in Food Service

With the COVID-19 vaccinations being rolled out in phases, there has been a question of when or how the vaccines would be administered to those in foodservice. Here is an overview of what is important: Current Phase Here in Georgia (1), the COVID-19 vaccinations are currently being administered to those in Phase 1a+, which includes: Healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.) Residents and staff of long-term care facilities Adults aged 65+ and their caregivers Law enforcement, firefighters, first responders Once the vaccinations move into Phase 1b, it will include other essential workers (non-healthcare) who “performContinue reading “How COVID-19 Vaccination Will Roll Out in Food Service”

The Second Draw PPP Loan: The Latest News and Next Steps for Restaurants and Small Businesses

Restaurants and Small Businesses may now apply for a second PPP Loan beginning January 13, 2021, thanks to the latest COVID-19 pandemic relief bill approved in late December which authorizes up to $284.5 billion for eligible businesses. With these additional loans, qualifying restaurants and small businesses can fund payroll costs (including benefits), and pay for mortgage interest, rent, utilities, worker protection costs related to COVID-19, uninsured property damage costs caused by looting or vandalism during 2020, and certain supplier costs and expenses for operations. (full details found in http://www.sba.gov). Other key PPP updates listed in the U.S. Department of theContinue reading “The Second Draw PPP Loan: The Latest News and Next Steps for Restaurants and Small Businesses”

Beverage Trends of 2021: Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Now that 2021 is finally here, it’s out with the old and in with the new. And in the business side of beverages, no topic is more trendy right now than “functional beverages.” Functional drinks are just what it sounds like. They’re beverages that serve a “function,” or basically, products that claim to benefit health, wellness or performance (1). And according to The Hartman Group’s Functional Food & Beverage and Supplements 2020 report, 29 percent of consumers have been consuming more functional foods and beverages since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic (2). The growing concern of the pandemic andContinue reading “Beverage Trends of 2021: Non-Alcoholic Drinks”

Toasting the New Year like a Pro

“Champagne is not just for celebrations,” goes the old statement in every beverage manager training manual, “but champagne is perfect for celebrations!” It is time to bid farewell to a tumultuous 2020 and bring in the new year with an inside look at what beverage professionals will be pouring in their flutes this New Year’s Eve.

Five Ways AI Cameras Will Help Your restaurant in 2021

In our last restaurant technology blog, we discussed COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the growth and development of AI voice technology and how it was quickly modernizing the drive-thru operations as we know it (1). The very same technology has been working on cameras, too. AI tech now enables cameras to perform designated tasks, recognize faces, and alert managers when issues arise in operations (2). In 2021 and beyond, cameras will not be a simple surveillance tool. Rather, it will be what distinguishes restaurants from the old and the new. Here we list 5 ways camera tech can improve your businessContinue reading “Five Ways AI Cameras Will Help Your restaurant in 2021”

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