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It’s Just Wings: A Blueprint for the Future?

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A number of big restaurant chains have seen their sales skyrocket during the pandemic — now they’re inventing their own “independent” concepts While the current upending of the restaurant industry has flattened many independent restaurants, big chains like Domino’s, Del Taco, and Wing Stop have seen their sales surge. These multinational concepts possess better quality technology and coveted drive-thru’s, and their substantial resources have allowed them to easily pivot to the new normal. Now they’re pushing ever forward to satisfy customer’s perennial desire for comfort foods while borrowing a page from today’s trends. Brinker International, parent company of Chili’s and…

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National Restaurant Association vs Government on Salt

The restaurant industry, which has been lobbying for voluntary reduction in salt use by consumers, is getting assailed on all sides. The government simply wants to control how your restaurant can prepare its food and how consumers can enjoy it. “Michael Jacobson, executive director of the CSPI, which has lobbied against trans fats and for…

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Healthy Menu Options for Restaurants

America has been called a “fast food nation” and for good reason. Everyday, one out of every four Americans eats fast food. A fast food restaurant is often the cheapest option, but unfortunately, not usually the healthiest one. Eating just one fast food meal can pack enough calories, sodium and fat for an entire day,…

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Restaurant peeves

My Top Restaurant Pet Peeves – What’s Yours?

As a restaurant consultant who goes on eating missions religiously, I am always asked, “What are you top pet peeves in a restaurant?” I have many, however, these are just a few that aggravate me the most: Hot food served on cold plates and cold food served on hot plates Greeters that are unwelcoming and…

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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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