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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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What’s the rage with gastropubs? Pubology explained.

What’s better than a refreshing ice cold beer or mixed drink and finger-foods enjoyed at your favorite pub? Actually, the word pub is short for “public house,” which refers to British influenced establishments whose specialty is the serving of alcohol, mostly beer, since many pubs are owned by breweries. As place known for beer and…

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Taking pizza to a whole new level

A few months ago I wrote a blog entry stating that I believe that pizza will be the next big thing. About a week after posting the article I was inundated with phone calls from perspective clients all over the world who now want to open a chain of pizza restaurants. My new clients are…

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New restaurant Via Napoli serves up gourmet pizza at Epcot

Everyday throngs of families flock to Disney World, the “Happiest Place on Earth,” to experience the magical shows and attractions. Aside from this, however, fine dining at the Epcot center is gaining the attention of many. Nestled in the Italy Pavillion at Epcot, Via Napoli is the park’s newest food attraction. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill…

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Gen Y starting to do a 180 on dining out

Despite the media barrage to believe that young adults almost live at fast food places, the research reality is quite the opposite. Traditionally the restaurant industry’s heaviest users, young adults are cutting back significantly on dining out, especially amid high unemployment, according to new research from The NPD Group. Here are the numbers: research over…

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Got health? More foodservice establishments are tapping into this new market

Did you know that almost 1 in 10 people have some form of a food allergy which forces them to eat food that does not contain high fructose, wheat, nuts or proteins that are not injected with hormones and antibiotics? On a recent trip to a new Whole Foods Market in Irvine, CA, I was…

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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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