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Synergy’s Best of 2019: Restaurant Discovery

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As we wave goodbye to the ‘10s, foodservice news is chock full of food and restaurant trend predictions for the coming decade. For our last newsletter of the year, we wanted to highlight some of the great dishes and concepts that inspired us during our Discovery tours across the country. Some of these locations just might surprise you: Orlando You might think of this Florida city as the home for Disney and Universal Studios, but “The City Beautiful” is also home to a number of distinctive dining and bar hot spots. At the top of our list is BarTaco, a…

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Restaurant Takeout Trends

Are Hybrid Restaurant Concepts the Answer to the Surging Take-Out Trend?

“A mega trend that looks to grow tenfold over the next decade.” This is what Swiss investment giant UBS said about the online food delivery trend after its in-depth research arm Evidence Lab released the findings of an intensive report in 2018. “We estimate the global online food ordering market could grow more than tenfold…

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Increasing Sales: A Simple Strategy for Restaurants

Synergy was hired by a restaurant to help them develop a new concept by recommending a range of strategies to help them improve food, beverage, and sales. We helped them realize their potential and gave them a clear food vision that would address and meet their financial goals.  With increasing labor costs, they did not want…

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Blueprint for a successful restaurant

Blueprint for a Successful Restaurant

Planning for a successful first quarter and new year doesn’t start on January 1st. And if your doors aren’t even open yet and your restaurant is just a concept on paper, then you know that successful planning may take months or even years. Recently, Synergy’s co-founder Dean Small, was invited to speak on the CareerDay…

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Food trend: collagen

A Peek into 2020 Restaurant and Food Trends

Just as fashion fads come and go, so too do food trends (avocado toast, anyone?). Sometimes, these trends seem to move in cycles, where it once was outdated, only to be revived and re-embraced (think fondue and the popular restaurant, The Melting Pot). As a restaurant owner, it’s important to not only keep on top…

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Solid Success Through Constant Change

Chicago-area Sam Vlahos knows the secret to steady growth — it lies in his ability to be nimble and constantly improve Sam Vlahos is no newbie to the restaurant business — he grew up in the industry while helping his father operate Johnathan’s Steakhouse in Lombard, Illinois. Sam and his sister Patricia have carried the…

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Non-commercial foodservice

Success in the Restaurant Business (When It’s Not Your Business)

Today’s non-commercial foodservice providers face more pressures than the average restaurant. So how do you stay competitive and wow your guests? The dining public has high expectations that continue to grow. Whether it’s organic ingredients, local sourcing, fair trade certified, or cruelty-free, today’s restaurant guests expect that their standards for quality, as well as their…

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