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4 steps to successful curbside pick-up

Curbside pick-up is becoming an increasingly popular option to drive business growth. If you’re considering starting a curbside pick-up service, or you have one in place, follow these best practices for curbside success.

Delicious by design

Your restaurant’s dining room design is an essential part of your brand image and can make or break your business. Whether you’re opening a new restaurant or remodeling, here are some tips on how to stand out from the crowd.

Listen up: Tips for reducing noise in your restaurant

Operational noise from side-station clatter to ventilation can negatively affect your carefully planned ambience. Reduce unwanted sounds and improve your customer’s dining experience by following these suggestions.

Say good-bye to no-shows

“No-shows” chip away from profit margins by taking a table from a potentially interested customer. Confirming reservations, stating a clear cancelation policy and rewarding reservations can all help you boost your bottom line.

Soft openings: Practice makes perfect

A soft opening can help work out the initial restaurant kinks and build a stronger product. Take a look at how two restaurants executed their soft openings.

Restaurant renovations: Does your facility need a facelift?

Renovating your space every 5 to 7 years can help keep your facility relevant and your customers interested. To help you get the ultimate return on your investment, track the trends, define your target market and establish your restaurant’s personality.

Help customers in a choking emergency at your restaurant

With over 3,000 Americans dying each year from choking, it is important for you to train your staff to deal with a choking accident. Educate them on some common causes and ensure they are able to recognize an emergency situation.

Regulatory/back office Articles

Keep close tabs on your restaurant labor costs

According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2016 Restaurant Operations Report, labor costs make up a third of sales in a typical restaurant. To cut down on unnecessary spend, make data-driven staffing decisions. National Restaurant Association sponsor HotSchedules offers four ways to optimize restaurant labor costs.

Explore the benefits of cloud software for your restaurant

More restaurants are looking into migrating their data to cloud-based applications, which are hosted in off-premise data centers, accessible via the internet and maintained by a third-party. Investigate the perks associated with cloud software.

Protect your restaurant by assessing risks

If you actively assess and formulate plans to address risks your restaurant may face, you can get ahead of a potential crisis that could negatively impact brand value. At the 2016 Human Resources & Risk and Safety Executive Study Group, McDonald’s director of global risk intelligence, Ryan Long, discussed how to implement a risk intelligence program.

7 tips for working with health inspectors

Restaurant operators and health inspectors aren’t adversaries. Think of a health inspector as a partner in the prevention of foodborne illness. Here are seven tips for productively working together.

Operations Report can help guide your bottom line

In an industry that caters to constantly changing customer preferences, it’s important to maintain a competitive edge. Assess and track your restaurant’s performance with the latest edition of the Restaurant Operations Report. Learn how this Report can help you measure profitability to stay ahead.

11 questions about music licensing

Music is one of the most important elements to establishing the mood in your restaurant., but you must acquire necessary licensing to comply with copyright statutes. Performing rights organizations, such as BMI and ASCAP, act as intermediaries between restaurants and performing arts to protect intellectual property. Restaurants pay a fee to the performing rights organizations, which return most of the fee to songwriters, publishers and composers.

6 measures to protect your network from hackers

More than seven out of 10 dining establishments in the United States are single-unit operations. Like all retail small businesses, restaurant payment systems can be targets of data security intrusions. These six measures can help secure cardholder information while allowing normal network data flow in your restaurant.

Back-of-House Articles

Bring convenience to your restaurant kitchen

Brainstorm how you can streamline kitchen activity and maintain a high level of consistency. National Restaurant Association sponsor Nestlé Professional shares three ways to create a more organized back-of-house atmosphere.

Be proactive with restaurant pest management

Maintaining a clean, pest-free environment is an ongoing task for restaurant owners and operators. Schedule regular pest inspections and hone in on these three factors to stay ahead of critters.

To franchise or not to franchise: Gauging your next step

Thinking about growing your restaurant business? According to iFranchise CEO and 2015 National Restaurant Association Hotel-Motel Show educational session speaker Mark Siebert, you should create a win-win plan before setting out to franchise.

Measuring food waste can bolster your bottom line

Are your hard-earned dollars going out with the trash or getting lost in the compost pile? The CEO of LeanPath, a Conserve sponsor that specializes in food waste prevention, shares how tracking food waste can increase profits.

Wrap your arms around big data

Big data isn’t as big as it sounds. Everything your restaurant does creates data – you just have to find a way harness it.

Does it pay to buy used equipment?

Buying used commercial foodservice equipment can save you a bundle in the short term. But is it a good investment? Tackle these 10 questions before deciding whether to buy new or used.

Alternative Venues Articles

9 tips for opening a food truck

From big cities to small towns and burgers to bánh mì, food trucks are becoming mainstream. According to National Restaurant Association's 2016 Restaurant Industry Forecast, roughly two in five restaurant operators believe food trucks will become more popular within their segment.

Test new ideas with pop-up restaurants

Pop-up restaurants are mini-restaurants that temporarily operate in parks, plazas, galleries, warehouses, event centers and larger restaurants. Pop-up restaurateurs and their followers use blogs, Twitter and other social networks to inform people about the pop-ups. Some announce dining events just hours before they take place, and they often sell out.

Food trucks: the wheel deal

The food truck trend is continuing full throttle with 19 percent of fast casual restaurants saying they are somewhat to very likely to launch one in the next couple of years. Before hitting the road for yourself, take your venture on a test ride, learn your city’s parking regulations and develop a limited menu.

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