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Dine-In Safety

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After months of adhering to only takeout and delivery mandates, restaurants in nearly all 50 states are now allowed to offer dine-in service as long as they comply with the regulations outlined by their local government. Georgia was the first state to reopen its dining rooms in late April, while Massachusetts just reintroduced indoor dining on June 22. Of course, it’s not business, as usual, any longer. The dine-in options come with restrictions, so owners must consult with their local health agencies for guidelines. Generally, however, you will come across rules like these: Required cloth-facial coverings for staff and encourage patrons to wear these as well…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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