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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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Straw ban

Innovations in Non-Plastics

Last Monday was Earth Day – this worldwide event is to bring awareness of the importance of environmental protection. That awareness also extends to the foodservice industry. On Monday, April 22, 2019 (coinciding with Earth Day) the City of Los Angeles put a new ordinance into effect, aimed at reducing single-use plastic waste. This new...
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How Much Can You Afford to Spend On Occupancy Costs?

We have found that many operators and startups don’t have all the financial tools at their disposal to calculate what they can afford to spend on occupancy costs. Often they are given a cost per square foot AND an additional CAM charge (common area and maintenance) OR a Triple net fee (which includes all taxes)...
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Restaurant branding

Restaurant Branding for Startups

You’ve had a dream of owning your own restaurant for what seems like forever, and now things are finally coming into place. You have your funding, your location, and your menu. But how will you make your restaurant memorable? Will your brand be one that stands out from the crowd, or will it merely be...
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Regional Pizzas

New Pizza Concepts We Love

How did you celebrate this month’s holiday? No, not Valentine’s Day. We’re not talking about President’s Day either. For us, National Pizza Day, inspired us to recollect and celebrate some of our favorite pizza concepts, including one we recently helped to get off the ground!  We don’t like to brag, but at Synergy, we have...
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restaurant shift scheduling

Effective Labor Scheduling Can Boost Restaurant Efficiency

Labor is an expensive aspect of running a restaurant and restaurant staff scheduling has an immense impact on whether or not your operation runs efficiently. How much time are you spending on scheduling? How do you intelligently streamline scheduling and employee communication? How do you manage last-minute phone calls and shift swaps? Let’s start with...
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restaurant wait times

Is Wait Time a Problem for your Restaurant? Check your Efficiency

There are multiple facets in a restaurant that can either decrease or increase efficiency. When we think from a consumer’s perspective, food should be received as described and promptly. Wait time is a large factor when people are making their dining choices. In just a few clicks, people can even check live wait times at certain...
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