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Top Restaurant Trends for 2014
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Top Restaurant Trends for 2014
24 February 2014

What’s on the menu for restaurants this year? Fast Casual pulled together the hottest restaurant trends as predicted by trend-watchers. Fast casual is growing. According to Mintel, fast casual will still continue to dominate as consumers seek better-quality food and a nicer experience than fast food, but at a low price point. Read more…

    What Turns Restaurant Customers Off?
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    What Turns Restaurant Customers Off?
    10 January 2014

    What drives restaurant customers crazy, what do they crave more of and what do they expect from your eatery? A recent national survey by restaurant rating company Zagat has some insights. The Zagat Dining Trends survey polled customers in 21 major markets across the U.S. about their habits, expectations and annoyances when dining out. How are customers making reservations? Most now go online (52 percent); just 41 percent make an old-school phone call. Read more…

      Top 10 Food Trends for 2014
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      Top 10 Food Trends for 2014
      30 December 2013

      If you own a restaurant, food-service business or food manufacturing firm, you’ll want to know what trends are going to be hot for 2014. Sterling-Rice Group has compiled a list of top 10 food trends for both restaurant menus and supermarket shelves in the coming year, based on input from a team of over 100 chefs, restaurateurs and foodies. Overall, 2014 will continue the current trend toward healthy options—but of course, customers will still make an occasional splurge! Here’s what’s forecast for 2014’s taste buds. Read more…

        How Tablets Can Boost Your Restaurant Sales
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        How Tablets Can Boost Your Restaurant Sales
        6 December 2013

        Would adding tablet computers to your restaurant operations help boost sales and efficiency? More and more restaurants are finding that the answer is yes. But you need to consider several factors before implementing tablets. Will it improve the customer experience? When tablets first became popular, there were visions of restaurants replacing servers entirely and having customers take their own orders on tablets. Read more…

          Small Business Tip of the Day: Say Goodbye to the Dollar Menu
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          Small Business Tip of the Day: Say Goodbye to the Dollar Menu
          20 November 2013

          It seems like McDonald’s Dollar Menu has been around forever, but in actuality it’s only been since 2002. Well, those days are over, and the big chain is set to rebrand the menu and include not only $1 meal choices but $2 and even some $5 meals. Is it a sign of an improving economy that the consumer no longer cares about only spending $1 or do the little items on the dollar menu get lost in a price board full of Bacon and Cheese Quarter Pounders or McCafe Frappe Caramels? Whatever the reason, now may be the time to try a few higher price points of your own and see how it affects your business. Read more…

            How Restaurants Can Use Social and Mobile to Boost Sales
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            How Restaurants Can Use Social and Mobile to Boost Sales
            18 November 2013

            Is your restaurant keeping up with the competition when it comes to using social media and mobile marketing technology to increase customer interaction, attract new customers and drive sales? The Hospitality Technology 2013 Customer Engagement Study offers a closer look at what marketing tactics restaurant owners are implementing to grow their businesses. Compared to the prior 2012 survey, use of social media had surged from 77 percent to nearly 90 percent among the U.S. restaurant executives polled in the survey. The most popular social media channel is Facebook, used by 94 percent of restaurants; Twitter is used by 77 percent and Yelp by 53 percent. Read more…

              Small Business Tip of the Day: Let’s Do Lunch
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              Small Business Tip of the Day: Let’s Do Lunch
              16 October 2013

              If you own a restaurant or other food-service business and don’t offer lunch items on your menu, it might be time to reconsider. Catering to the midday meal is a smart move to attract the many Americans who eat lunch out. A survey by Visa found the average American spends $1,000 annually on lunch. Read more…

                Small Business Tip of the Day: It’s Nice to Share
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                Small Business Tip of the Day: It’s Nice to Share
                7 October 2013

                If you’ve tried serving small plates in your restaurant or café and your customers are left wanting more, how about creating meals specifically made for sharing? It’s not a new idea, but more and more restaurants are adding larger, shareable dishes to their menus. The New York Times recently reported on how rapidly the trend is spreading across Manhattan eateries. What’s the idea behind the big plates? Restaurateurs say sharing gives people a homey feeling, encourages interaction and brings diners closer together. Read more…

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