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Restaurant reopening during COVID

Restaurant Reopening: Alleviating Fear

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After a nearly two-month nationwide lockdown, the US economy is finally starting to open up. As of today, all 50 states are at least partially open. If you stepped outside this recent Memorial Day weekend or watched internet footage of celebrations, you would think that people forgot that a pandemic even exists–throngs gathered in public places, many ignoring social distancing and facial covering guidelines. The fact of the matter is, no matter how eager people are for things to get back to normal, things are still not normal. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of over 100,000 people in the United…

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Taco Bell Chops into the Menu Calories

While it’s hard to dispute the statement that “fast food is bad food,” we all give in to the need for grabbing a quick bite to eat. Fortunately, many in the fast-food industry have responded to demands for healthier fare, and some restaurants are making it easier to alter existing menu choices. For example, Irvine,…

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Finding Profits In Restaurant Insurance

Many restaurant operators consider buying insurance a “necessary evil”. You don’t like it, but you know you need it; when a guest or employee files a claim you’re glad you bought that insurance policy. But, how do you know you’ve spent your money wisely? Our experience in working with restaurant operators has shown us that…

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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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