If people are not setting foot in dining rooms any time soon, operators are bringing the experience to them instead. This is the heart of the foodservice industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it leaned into grab-and-go and delivery to pull through.
Due to the self-serve nature of their operation, salad bars were among the first to be put on the chopping block as the industry ramped up its efforts to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 disease in public dining spaces. Operators of salad bars, whether in supermarkets, restaurants, or in their own brick-and-mortar locations, had to make some big changes and had to do so very quickly if they were to live through this crisis.
Dine-in business has dipped as off-premise restaurant sales have significantly increased. Much of that has to do with the coronavirus crisis, but the demand is projected to continue well beyond the pandemic because of the customer behavior shift it triggered.
Let’s take a look at how VR simulation, Bluetooth sensors, and another technological innovations and increasingly influential restaurant design trends are changing the physical attributes of your establishment.
It is clearer now more than ever that technology is an indispensable component of any foodservice structure that will define the future restaurant design. Experts in the NRA's Restaurant Industry 2030 report forecast that the foodservice landscape is about to further embrace these technological innovations.
These are truly unprecedented times for the foodservice industry. The coronavirus has disrupted normal services, with restaurants forced to shut down as the public is urged to practice social distancing and self-quarantine. As the crisis drags on and the future remains unclear, there is no better time than now to reflect on ways of how to manage a restaurant effectively in the face of a crisis.
Restaurants across the country use many different promotions to draw in new customers. One simply has to turn on the television to see innumerable advertisements that broadcast limited-time flavors and special culinary giveaways.
If you’re wondering if it is the real deal, and interested in transitioning to a fully organic food business or at least incorporating organic ingredients to your current menu items based on what you’ve heard, questions like “what makes food organic” and “why is it good for you and your business” are certainly on your mind, so we’re here to give you a crash course on organic food.
Your servers are the face of your restaurant. Even the best of menu items can be tainted with an inefficient or incapable waiter or waitress, and perceptions can be altered with a drink left unfilled or a rude attitude.
In foodservice, speed and consistency are vital. Being able to unlock a food processor full potential can do wonders for your business, so today, we’re going to go on a deep dive on the mighty food processor.
Depending on who you talk to, the very mention of GMOs will raise an eyebrow or invite a confused face. It’s no surprise; genetically modified organisms or GMOs have gained a certain level of notoriety in the foodservice industry, and have in turn become a constant subject of debate. But what is GMO in food anyway and why does it elicit such a reaction?
If you want to improve the way you interact with the planet and mitigate your environmental footprint, all while increasing your profitability, being armed with the knowledge on how to reduce food waste in restaurants properly is the key.
While many owners are focused on more traditional means, a new wave of business-savvy managers are testing out the waters of wholesale items in addition to their typical foodservice practices. Restauranteurs are diversifying their business models by adding in wholesale items, helping to increase profits and increase marketability.
Have you ever eaten at a restaurant and spent more on a meal than you had originally planned to? Or left a restaurant after tipping your server a bit too much. Well, you may have fallen subject to some the restaurant industry’s sneaky ways to get you to spend more money without even realizing it. Especially during the summertime and holiday seasons, many restaurant owners use sneaky tactics to boost their profits. Take a look at some of the money-making methods that restaurants use and be sure to consider them while you are dining out in order to save yourself a considerable amount of money.
Satisfied guests are what keep your restaurant in business! While hospitality entails that you cater to your guests, there are in fact limitations that should be considered. Learning where to draw the line when it comes to hospitality and sacrifice is key to keeping your customers happy while keeping true to yourself and your restaurant.
Diet trends are ever-evolving, and one of the latest questions on the minds of those looking to clean up their diet include, “what are macros in food?” Before diving into the details on how you can help your customers understand what macros are and how they can monitor them for their individual health needs, you must have a solid understanding yourself.
The hospitality industry is rather broad, considering it includes nearly any brand that caters to the needs of their customers. What makes this niche different from typical customer service, however, is the fact that it caters to more leisurely needs rather than the everyday needs of customers.
Correctional foodservice operators deal with equipment vandalism, budget constraints, complicated service repairs and a score of other issues. Serving food to those who are serving time requires appropriate equipment, and we’re here to help!
Are you ready to start bringing your kids to restaurants with you? This doesn’t need to be stressful. You simply need to keep certain tips in mind. By remembering these points, you, your children, and everyone else at the restaurant is far more likely to have a pleasant experience.
Whether you’re opening a new commercial kitchen or renovating your existing restaurant space, starting with a well-stocked list of commercial kitchen equipment is essential to starting on the right foot!
For many customers, a restaurant’s choice in dinnerware isn’t their primary concern. Restauranteurs, chefs, and foodies, on the other hand, will notice the difference that plateware can make on presentation. In fact, guests that typically wouldn’t notice plateware may, in the case of poor choice in china, perceive the overall quality of the meal to be lower because of poor presentation or cheap dishes! Having a high quality meal served on crummy china can break the perception of the meal and ruin the overall presentation, reflecting on the meal itself. Make a lasting impression on your guests by keeping these tips in mind when choosing the right china.
EMV machines are part of this evolution that will accept microchips embedded in cards. In fact, starting Oct. 1, 2015, merchants who haven’t invested in EMV-enabled equipment will be liable for fraudulent purchases made with a counterfeit credit or debit card. So, will your restaurant be adapting to the new EMV machines?