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Virtual Brands – A Path to Real Success

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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…

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Pizza: The Next Big Thing in Casual Eats

How much more juice does the burger craze have left? Lots, but nothing lasts forever.  My crystal ball says watch out for pizza!  Based on numerous eating missions, Synergy Consultants has sighted a strong emergence of restaurants serving “old world” pizzas that are wood and coal fired.  The cooking style is very similar to what…

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Burgerville Restaurants Provides Nutritional Information on Receipts

Yes, it is after the fact, but it can provide a wake up call. Do you know what you just ordered in terms of nutritional value…or lack thereof? Now you can see the nutritional value of the meal you just ordered at all 39 Burgerville restaurants in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Burgerville is the first…

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I Dare you! Can you handle these hot wings?

  During my recent trip to Chicago, while I was checking out new burger concepts, I was also investigating wings.  I had heard that Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap had the best and hottest wings anywhere in the country. Of course, this was something I needed to confirm! Having lived in Missouri for three years (the…

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Wet Floor Safety at your Restaurants

Wet Floors in Restaurants:  How Wet is Too Wet? According to a major insurance carrier 65% of all lost employee work days are due to slip-and-fall injuries.  Of injuries our guests sustain, those who fall, sometimes on a liquid spill no larger than the size of a coin, account for 57% of liability claims. Insist…

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Buns, Burgers and Beyond

What’s more pleasing than a mouthwatering burger with all the fixings? When you think about it, hamburgers are truly timeless and have become an American culinary icon for decades. Burgers are so popular that most Americans need only drive 5 minutes to the nearest burger joint drive-thru window to satisfy their meaty craving. But these…

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Raw food bars – it’s not just for sushi anymore!

When it comes to nutritious eating, going raw is certainly the healthiest route. If you believe that a salad is the only option, think again! When you’re in a pinch and craving an un-boring, delicious, healthy meal, check out your local raw food bar. What exactly is raw food dining? As the name implies, this…

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