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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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Meatless options now available at a restaurant near you

The Yard House Restaurant chain plans to step up its healthy menu options by preparing 25 of its most popular dishes using fake meat believing it will appeal to both meat eaters and vegetarians alike. At its Irvine Spectrum, CA restaurant, the chain recently began using a vegetable protein from gardein, a brand of plant-based…

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iPad finds a clever place in restaurants

It is without a doubt the world’s latest technological craze — the iPad’s opening day sales alone hit over 300,000! But besides being a handheld cross between a PDA/smartphone and laptop, what other creative purpose can it serve? Interestingly enough, the iPad is creeping its way into restaurants as a menu and ordering device!  …

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Even McDonald’s can be healthy!

Healthy eating at McDonald’s is not an oxymoron, says the registered dietitian who oversees nutrition at the company’s 14,000 fast-food restaurants in the United States. Cindy Goody, U.S. director of nutrition for McDonald’s, concedes nutrition used to be “a dirty word” at McDonald’s, but now the chain is seeking to be a leader in nutrition…

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Could “skinny” adult beverages be the next big thing?

It’s no surprise that consumer tastes are more on the lighter, healthier side these days. This healthy trend is not just limited to food, however. I’m sure you’ve seen all the light, low-calorie beer commercials. But now you can get low-calorie “skinny” adult beverages at your favorite restaurants, too. Check out Fleming’s Steakhouse’s new 99…

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Careful Menu Selections Part 1

As an informed restaurant owner, you can help customers make healthier choices and still enjoy the convenience of a restaurant. Over the next series of blog posts, we will discuss what restaurant owners can offer both on and off the menu to create healthy choices for guests. This creates a sense of care and concern…

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Are we getting too much information about food we order?

Walk into a restaurant these days and you might be able to check the calorie count of your enchilada, the salt content of your fries, the “heart healthy” status of your steak and — in at least one pioneering restaurant— the carbon footprint of your vegetable lasagna.   This is the Information Overload era of…

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