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Synergy’s Best of 2019: Restaurant Discovery

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As we wave goodbye to the ‘10s, foodservice news is chock full of food and restaurant trend predictions for the coming decade. For our last newsletter of the year, we wanted to highlight some of the great dishes and concepts that inspired us during our Discovery tours across the country. Some of these locations just might surprise you: Orlando You might think of this Florida city as the home for Disney and Universal Studios, but “The City Beautiful” is also home to a number of distinctive dining and bar hot spots. At the top of our list is BarTaco, a…

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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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Restaurant turnover

Reducing Restaurant Turnover

Do you feel like you’re constantly on the look-out for new hires at your restaurant? You’re not alone. It’s been reported that the restaurant and accommodations industry had as 74.9 percent turnover rate in 2018. This is nothing new for the hospitality industry, particularly since many restaurants, for example, hire teenagers who usually see the…

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Bringing in the Big Guns to a Small Western Town

A tailored and thorough recruiting process leads to top talent acquisition Will all of the restaurants out there waging the war for talent, how do you attract top-shelf management and culinary talent to a tiny market? Sell the lifestyle, not just a list of job duties. This was the strategy developed to hire a General…

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