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The coronavirus has taken a huge personal and economic toll on well, everyone. Many businesses have essentially been forced to cease operations or severely cut back their workforce during this crisis to slow the spread of the novel virus. The hospitality industry has especially been hit hard in multiple ways. Restaurants have been mandated to stop allowing dine-in guests and only offer drive-thru, delivery, or carryout, all while the general public has been told to stay at home. With public fear of viral transmissions continuing to grow, the trustworthiness of eating food from outside the home is dropping. This phenomenon…

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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

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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khoresh bamieh stew uses black limes

Ingredient Spotlight: Black Lime

A foodservice operator must always be on top of how to keep things innovative, fresh, and on-trend at their restaurant. A way to do this is to experiment with different ingredients to develop novel flavors and, in turn, memorable dishes that keep guests coming back for more. In the Synergy Test Kitchen, our chefs often incorporate…

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