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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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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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How Do I Market My New Catering Menu?

So you’ve decided to expand your restaurant by offering catering—smart business move! Now you can count on more revenue through off-premise sales. You have your catering-specific menu with pricing and have even ironed out the operations and logistics. All systems go? Not so fast! Customers won’t magically start calling in orders. How are you going to let customers know…

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Cooking with new ingredients

Ingredient Tips

We asked some of our Synergy consultants about the new favorite ingredients they’ve discovered and used lately. Check these out for inspiration: “I’ve been enjoying espelette pepper recently. The smoky, sweet, and slightly spicy flavor gives a new dimension to roasted meats and fish.” Dean Small, Founder & Managing Partner “I really enjoy experimenting with…

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Ingredient trends

Ingredient Trends

With customer interest in global cuisines continuing to grow, restaurants are constantly challenged to develop dishes that deliver enticing combinations of flavors from across the globe. At the same time, menu trends like spicy condiments and superfoods are riding strong. By merging these trends with new players on the ingredient scene, restaurants can ride the…

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