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Restaurant reopening during COVID

Restaurant Reopening: Alleviating Fear

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After a nearly two-month nationwide lockdown, the US economy is finally starting to open up. As of today, all 50 states are at least partially open. If you stepped outside this recent Memorial Day weekend or watched internet footage of celebrations, you would think that people forgot that a pandemic even exists–throngs gathered in public places, many ignoring social distancing and facial covering guidelines. The fact of the matter is, no matter how eager people are for things to get back to normal, things are still not normal. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of over 100,000 people in the United…

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Taking pizza to a whole new level

A few months ago I wrote a blog entry stating that I believe that pizza will be the next big thing. About a week after posting the article I was inundated with phone calls from perspective clients all over the world who now want to open a chain of pizza restaurants. My new clients are…

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New restaurant Via Napoli serves up gourmet pizza at Epcot

Everyday throngs of families flock to Disney World, the “Happiest Place on Earth,” to experience the magical shows and attractions. Aside from this, however, fine dining at the Epcot center is gaining the attention of many. Nestled in the Italy Pavillion at Epcot, Via Napoli is the park’s newest food attraction. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill…

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Gen Y starting to do a 180 on dining out

Despite the media barrage to believe that young adults almost live at fast food places, the research reality is quite the opposite. Traditionally the restaurant industry’s heaviest users, young adults are cutting back significantly on dining out, especially amid high unemployment, according to new research from The NPD Group. Here are the numbers: research over…

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Got health? More foodservice establishments are tapping into this new market

Did you know that almost 1 in 10 people have some form of a food allergy which forces them to eat food that does not contain high fructose, wheat, nuts or proteins that are not injected with hormones and antibiotics? On a recent trip to a new Whole Foods Market in Irvine, CA, I was…

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Urbane Cafe creates a point of difference

We are always looking at restaurants concepts that require a low capital investment, delivers a strong ROI and easy to execute against.  Moreover it needs to be scalable, have a clear point of differentiation and provide a craveable product with a memorable guest experience. Last week I drove 90 miles in LA traffic ( 3…

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Pit Fire Pizza, a “crust you can trust”

You may remember a couple of months ago when I wrote about Pizza being the “next big thing” in the restaurant industry. Being a native New Yorker and well traveled restaurant consultant, I must admit that there are quite a few things I know about what makes pizza amazing. My partners and I literally travel…

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