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Virtual restaurant brands

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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Curbside, takeout, delivery for restaurants

Pivot Strategy for Curbside and Delivery

As states and the federal government limit restaurants to drive-thru, take-out, and delivery business, foodservice establishments are forced to pivot their business model overnight. Third-party delivery services like DoorDash and GrubHub are responding with free delivery and lower percentage fees but as more people hunker down at home, these services may not keep pace with…

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Restaurant manpower

Restaurant Startups: Planning for Manpower

Starting a restaurant is a dream for many, especially for those coming from a culinary background. For the dream to become a reality, there are often significant hurdles to overcome, and merely having culinary knowledge isn’t enough. But let’s say you’ve got the business plan completed, business funding gets secured, you’ve got your suppliers in…

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National Margarita Day

National Margarita 3-Day Weekend

We are so excited to launch a new restaurant in Vancouver, Washington,  DosAlas Latin Kitchen & Tequila Bar. The Synergy culinary team has been working hard in the test kitchen, perfecting the menu, and now we’re onsite for construction. Last week our client hosted a huge event, open to the public, to celebrate National Margarita Day…

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Flores & Pines

Flores & Pine: Grillroom & Gatherings

Revitalizing a Neighborhood Icon Kristn Romeril and Mahyar Khosravi were inspired to purchase The Bear’s Den, a unique restaurant with a distinctive design in their community just north of Calgary. Open for nearly 14 years, the restaurant featured cherry paneling with custom artwork depicting local wildlife and was a fixture for special occasions and events….

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Restaurant Startup Information

Avoiding the Pitfalls of New Restaurant Concept Development

When living your restaurant dream, it’s time to separate passion from good practice You slide into the last open bar seat at your favorite local bistro after another grueling day behind your corporate desk. After the bartender slides you a 9-ounce pour of inky Cabernet, you drink in the scene with your first few sips….

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How To Keep Your Restaurant Managers Happy and Engaged

In Q2 of 2019, most restaurants experienced management turnover at a rate of 39%. However, GM compensation at full-service restaurants increased by 1.7%, and in limited-service establishments increased by 2.3%. The interesting point is that a significant share of restaurants report that they are understaffed at the rate of 52% for non-GM staff, and 19%…

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