Once the lockdown restrictions were lifted, many people were still concerned about their health and safety when dining at restaurants. This concern caused many restaurants to move towards the widespread use of QR codes and digital menus. Having said that, experts say that this kind of technology will probably still around long after the pandemicContinue reading “QR Codes and Digital Menus are Transforming the Restaurant Business”
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.
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 theContinue reading “Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF): What to do ASAP”
With most restaurant operators in a tighter bind to find new talent, high employee turnover has come at a greater cost. Retaining employees during the pandemic has become a critical factor in ensuring your restaurant’s success long term.
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 thanContinue reading “How to Adjust Your Restaurant Recruiting Process to Cure Your COVID-19 Staffing Woes”
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:Continue reading “How COVID-19 Vaccination Will Roll Out in Food Service”
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 forContinue reading “The Second Draw PPP Loan: The Latest News and Next Steps for Restaurants and Small Businesses”
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,Continue reading “Beverage Trends of 2021: Non-Alcoholic Drinks”
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,Continue reading “Five Ways AI Cameras Will Help Your restaurant in 2021”
2020 has certainly been a year like no other for the industry. Through stay-at-home orders and extended shutdowns, restauranteurs had to be nimble and creative, relentlessly searching for new business avenues and strategies to keep their businesses afloat. Now that 2021 is only weeks away, we are making predictions on what the new year willContinue reading “The 5 Biggest Restaurant Food Trends to Watch in 2021”
Managing a bar this holiday season has its challenges. Here are a few ideas to help get you through to 2021.
From pumpkin spice to Chile de Arbol, here we dive into the restaurant industry’s top trending flavors and predict the ones that’ll last until 2021. Fall Favorites Fall flavors are dominating the market right now. Yelp’s recent data (from 9/21/2020) shows that searches for pumpkin spice foods were up dramatically from last year: pumpkin spiceContinue reading “Our Biggest 5 Restaurant Flavor Trend Predictions”