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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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Restaurant Human Resources: A Strategic Partner

What Synergy has found as we conduct restaurant operations assessments is that where strong HR departments exist and are considered strategic partners with other senior management, there is also a highly developed employee culture and employee relations climate. With budget cutbacks and staff downsizing even the best HR teams need help. Synergy can provide that…

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Mozza may be the best pizzeria in LA

I tend to write a lot of posts on pizza because we know and love pizza. We at Synergy have tenaciously studied the nuances of making a quality and delicious pies so that we can become the pizza experts. Just a few weeks ago, we wrote an article describing our pizza mission we took with…

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Pop-up restaurants are popping up in a location near you

Have you heard of the type of restaurants that always on are-the-go? No, we’re not talking about the mobile food truck trend or even the “test kitchens.” Pop-up restaurants are literally popping up in classified locations, emerging as if out of nowhere and are attracting major hype from food blogger-foodies and critics alike. The concept…

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Locally grown food is the next profitable restaurant trend

How has green found its way into restaurants? Just a few weeks ago, we wrote a post highlighting Forage in Los Angeles, a unique new concept based entirely on cooking and serving foods grown from local farmers and amateur green thumbs. This movement is better known as “growing local” and is beginning to become a…

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Claire's on Cedros

Claire’s on Cedros is the LEED Platinum Standard

As a restaurant owner, how important is it for you to be “green?” Some restaurants go green by using smart packaging, saving water, recycling, and even do in-house composting. Others think big and seek LEED certification for their entire location. But what exactly is LEED? This very trending topic speaks volumes to the green movement…

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Will the Test Kitchen trend catch on?

How would you like to visit the same restaurant every week, but each time you get to try never-before-eaten dishes from talented chefs? Think of it as a sort of rotating restaurant. That’s the essence of Test Kitchen in Los Angeles. The story behind this unanticipated hit concept came from restaurateur Bill Chait, who was…

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