Blog

Virtual restaurant brands

Virtual Brands – A Path to Real Success

Tagged in: , ,

With loads of restaurant kitchens sitting underused, big chains are developing virtual brands to boost sales. Is there an opportunity here for aspiring foodservice operators? Not too long ago, many aspiring restauranteurs and chefs launched their new foodservice concepts with food trucks. These mobile restaurants allowed operators to get immediate sales feedback on their concept without the costs and hassles of a brick-and-mortar location. Cut to 2020, and the food truck has largely disappeared, thanks to ghost kitchens. Enterprising foodpreneurs can now rent space in a commissary kitchen and launch their food brand online through delivery-only channels. This emerging foodservice…

Read More

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…

Read More...

Chipotle Watch Out!

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Café Rio, now is the time! Headquarted in Salt Lake City, Utah, Café Rio is fast expanding Mexican fast casual food concept with over 30 locations in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, California, Colorado, Arizona and by the end of this year, Virginia and Boise. What makes a restaurant…

Read More...

More restaurants today utilize online-ordering systems to increase sales

You’re hungry, it’s almost 15 minutes until lunch, but today you’ve only got half an hour to purchase and eat your meal. Without hesitation you hop onto the corner deli’s website to order your favorite pastrami sandwich. Browse. Click. Order. Pickup. This is a common scenario consumers go through each day – using new technology…

Read More...

From Sprinkles to Crumbs, cupcake bakeries still remain popular

When people think of cupcake shops, the name Sprinkles usually comes to mind. On our latest eating mission, we visited the Sprinkles of the East Coast, Crumbs Bake Shop. Founded in 2003 by Mia & Jason Bauer on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Crumbs has been well-received and loved for their delicious cupcakes. Serving…

Read More...

Blimpie Restaurants new menu line encourages healthy lifestyles

Called The Lighter Stuff menu it is comprised of six healthy items, all less than 400 calories and six grams of fat.   The following items are featured on The Lighter Stuff menu: Deli Trio Sub: Slow-cured ham, oven-roasted turkey, top-round roast beef with tomatoes, lettuce and onion – 330 Calories for 6″ Sub Asian…

Read More...

Careful Menu Selections Pt 2

As an informed restaurant owner, you can help customers make healthier choices and still enjoy the convenience of a restaurant. Here are a few tips you can pass on to your patrons when they order: Watch your salt. Restaurant food often tends to be very high in sodium, a major contributor to high blood pressure….

Read More...