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Summer HVAC and Refrigeration Tips for Restaurants

Summer is just around the corner. It’s time to break out the patio furniture and put the heaters away in storage. With the warmer temperatures approaching, every savvy restaurateur knows to retrieve their end of spring checklist to guarantee this season is as smooth as it can be. Preventative maintenance is key to protecting your bottom line. From refrigeration to HVAC, there are multiple things you can do to ensure your restaurant operates free of preventable mechanical woes that stand in your way of a successful summer season. Here are some Summer HVAC and refrigeration tips: Refrigeration Tips When was…

Overview and Trends of Pizzerias in 2023

Pizza Today, the leading magazine for pizzeria owners and operators, released its annual State of the Pizzeria Industry Report, which provides pizza professionals with a deep dive report of pizzeria insights, issues, and trends for 2023. Moreover, Pizza Today surveyed 750 pizzeria owners from all 50 states to comprehensively understand the pizza industry. Today, we provide an overview of pizzerias and current pizza trends. Pizza is King The report states that “pizza, as a percentage of food sales, is 80% higher in nearly half of the pizzerias (48.6%).” Salads are the second most-offered menu item next to pizza, with 86.8%.…

Everything You Need to Know About the Pop-Up Restaurant Trend

According to the National Restaurant Associate’s “What’s Hot Chef’s Survey, ” Pop-up restaurants are the sixth most popular restaurant concept trend.1 While pop-up restaurants are trendy, they are an influential force in the food industry regarding creative freedom, generating revenue, and creating buzz. What is a Pop-Up Restaurant? Pop-up restaurants are temporarily open in various spaces, such as bars, arcades, parks, and theatres. Some pop-up restaurants may already be a part of an existing restaurant or a catering or delivery service. A pop-up restaurant can be open for months, feature itself for a few days, or even as little as…

Steps to Choosing a Franchise

Finding the best franchise requires a lot of research, time, and money. There are thousands of franchises, so this can be a challenging task. Choosing the right franchise that best suits your needs can be daunting but exciting for those ready to become business owners. Here are some important steps you should consider to help you choose the right franchise to guide you toward profit and success: 1. Consider your experience Choosing a franchise that appeals to you and reflects your experience and abilities is essential. Be honest with yourself and consider what you want to accomplish when buying a…

Restaurant Valentine’s Day Trends to Boost Sales

Restaurants have been a staple for many couples celebrating Valentine’s Day together. According to researchers, Valentine’s Day is the second busiest holiday for restaurants, with about 25% of Americans dining out.1  Valentine’s Day is the best time to create promotions to help increase your restaurant’s profit. However, many couples have been reported to want to stay in for Valentine’s Day, knowing that restaurants will most likely be crowded. A 2022 poll provided by Morning Consult says that 77% of couples want to spend time at home for Valentine’s Day, and 43% have reported wanting to go out to dinner.2 Therefore,…

2023 Restaurant Training Trends

The restaurant industry has been rapidly changing in recent years. Rapid growth has been a double-edged sword for many restaurants around the world. However, with the fast changes in the industry, it’s essential to hire qualified employees and get them up to speed as quickly as possible to implement monumental success. In recent federal reports, the restaurant industry lost around 6 million jobs in 2020, and restaurants have struggled to get fully staffed.1 Although the industry is slowly regaining the employees lost three years ago. However, the new wave of employees is a younger crowd without restaurant experience. This is…

The Evolution of Virtual Restaurants

We’ve talked a bit about the rise of ghost kitchens and virtual brands. The idea is not new and hasn’t been new for a while now. Ghost kitchens began during the early 2010s but gained popularity in the restaurant segment during the COVID-19 pandemic.1 The key question is: what will remain of digital restaurants in the future? Food delivery will grow to a $24 billion industry by next year, and 6 out of 10 Americans will choose to order food rather than dine in.2 It is also predicted that the ghost kitchen segment could reach $1 trillion by 2030 with…

Menu Trends and Promotion Ideas for Winter 2022

We’re leaving the cool breeze of fall and into the cold, crisp air of winter. Some may say they hate the cold, but they love what the season brings: joy and cozy, comfort foods. In this blog, we’re here to help you plan out the best and wholesome meals for the winter your guests will love. Winter is known as the season of celebration and the best time to overindulge in rich meals and comfort foods. However, there are more ways for you to bring in more customers and kick-start your restaurant’s profitability. Winter Menu Trends Healthy alternatives According to…

More People Are Dining Out at Restaurants for Thanksgiving

Tradition has been fading these past few decades. In fact, in 2011, 30 million Americans were expected to eat out on Thanksgiving.1 Since 2011, some Americans have made ditching the prepping and cooking in the kitchen on Thanksgiving the new tradition. However, in 2022, this number might have just increased a bit more since 2011. Why some American prefer to eat out on Thanksgiving Fewer people want to do the work There are many ingredients, time, and money go into prepping for an annual Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family. Americans from the ages of 25 – 40 have opted…

Restaurant Holiday Cyber Safety Tips for 2022

It’s that time of the year again. It gets darker quicker; employees may be working later hours to accommodate holiday sales and specials. Then, there’s holiday shopping, meaning that many people will become vulnerable to cyberscams. All of this may be very stressful for many businesses and employees. Here are some tips to keep yourself, and your business, safe. Staying cyber-safe Cyberscams are happening more often as hackers tweak their methods. Many cyberscams usually happen through text messages, phishing, and social media. Keep software updated Whether you are using a phone or tablet, keep the software updated on work and…

Menu Trends for Fall 2022

It is officially fall, which means we are slowly saying goodbye to the heat and saying hello to the breeze. For restaurants, it means updating their menu to accommodate seasonal menu item trends. When people think about food during the autumn season, most think of spices, warmth, and comfort food. This blog will cover the latest restaurant food trend forecasts for this season that will help inspire your fall menu. Fermentation Chef Dana Cohen, a finalist from Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, predicted that fermented food would be a trending food item this season. Fermented foods provide many health benefits, including detoxifying…

Tips on Hiring and Retaining Young Employees

Labor markets are still recovering from recent events. Businesses, such as restaurants, are struggling to retain their younger employees. Some are even struggling to get the younger generation, such as Gen-Z, to apply. In recent studies, Gen-Z is an entirely different generation from most employers (Millennials). Gen-Z often requires different approaches. Gen-Z are those born from the years 1997-2012. According to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and the Center for Generational Kinetics (CGK), Gen-Z are more pragmatic and most often labeled as “social justice warriors.”1 They are looking for employers who genuinely care about their mental and physical…

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