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How to be a Restaurant that Caters

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For a very long time, there existed a clear divide between running a Catering business and running a Restaurant. Fulfilling large, off-premise food orders was its own niche in the food industry, kept entirely separate from in-house food service. Yet as the restaurant industry evolves, there has been a spike the wonderful idea that is “a restaurant that caters”. If you’ve got your unique brand and the food to show for it, why not cater? It is a bold business move, but with the right systems in place, catering can grow your internal revenue quite exponentially. If you’re a restaurant owner looking…

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Solid Success Through Constant Change

Chicago-area Sam Vlahos knows the secret to steady growth — it lies in his ability to be nimble and constantly improve Sam Vlahos is no newbie to the restaurant business — he grew up in the industry while helping his father operate Johnathan’s Steakhouse in Lombard, Illinois. Sam and his sister Patricia have carried the…

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Non-commercial foodservice

Success in the Restaurant Business (When It’s Not Your Business)

Today’s non-commercial foodservice providers face more pressures than the average restaurant. So how do you stay competitive and wow your guests? The dining public has high expectations that continue to grow. Whether it’s organic ingredients, local sourcing, fair trade certified, or cruelty-free, today’s restaurant guests expect that their standards for quality, as well as their…

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Ghost Kitchens

Ghost Kitchens: Path to Success or Just an Illusion?

Operating out of a ghost kitchen can save thousands in operating costs, but without marketing, your customers may not know you’re there The spiraling costs of opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant has served as the catalyst for a number of foodservice trends, including food trucks, food halls, and container restaurants. Food entrepreneurs are now looking at…

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Senior dining trends

Retirement Communities Going Above and Beyond

Assisted living, retirement homes, active senior communities – all terminology referring to communities with a minimum resident age, typically starting at 55, and this demographic is booming. According to the US Census Bureau, the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by…

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The Importance of a Healthy Corporate Culture

Dental, medical, paid time off, 401K…these are the usual benefits you might see listed on a job ad. However, as more and more companies compete for top talent, extra incentives are increasing. Many employers are now offering their staff additional perks such as tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules, on-site gyms, and free meals, to name…

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Pivot, Refresh, or Perish

Over the last few years, the restaurant industry has experienced a broad range of significant changes that have made it very difficult for so many mature brands to achieve a level of meaningful profitability. The restaurant landscape has become very competitive and over-saturated. Many mature brands fail to innovate and have become fatigued. Once-loyal guests…

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