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April Menu Ideas

Thursday April 17, 2014

Looking for springtime menu inspiration? April offers more than just Easter - there are all sorts of national food days in April. Upcoming food day celebrations include:
• April 17 - Healthy Kids Day - Check out this article all about .
• April 18 - National Animal Crackers Day - Offer free boxes of animal crackers to all of your loyal kid customers.
• April 19 -Garlic Day - this could surpass Thanksgiving as my favorite holiday.
• April 20 - National Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day - check out this
recipe for a new dessert.
• April 21 - National Jelly Bean Day - just in time for Easter.
• April 22 - National Picnic Day - does your restaurant have outside dining?
• April 23 - Pigs in a Blanket Day - always a popular breakfast menu item.

Is Your Restaurant Buying Local?

Monday April 14, 2014

Spring has finally arrived to the wilds of Northern New England, where I hang my hat.  With the warmer weather, it's time to start thinking about garden fresh produce. Nothing beats the flavor or food freshly harvested. Does your restaurant buy local? If not, here are ten reasons why it should.

Finding the Perfect Restaurant Location

Sunday March 30, 2014

One of the most important elements of opening a new restaurant is choosing the right location. Is there enough parking? Is the space big enough to accommodate a dining room and kitchen? Is the area good for a restaurant? Does it have high visibility? These are all things that should be considered first, before signing a lease. Read on for more about finding the perfect restaurant location.

Tips For Writing Your Restaurant Menu

Friday March 28, 2014


Writing a menu might seem pretty strait forward at first, but once you start trying to figure out the correct food cost for items and deciding how large or small to make your menu, it can get confusing. To help clear up the confusion, check out one of my most popular articles, Tips for Writing a Restaurant Menu.


Photo Credit: Windsor

How Much do Restaurant Concepts Charge?

Sunday March 23, 2014

While researching information for this weeks article about Family Style Dining, I came across this break down of check averages according to the type of restaurant concept:

The source was Restaurant Sciences, a restaurant consulting firm, which defines family dining as any full service restaurant with an average check of $32 or less (the whole check, not per person). It thought this would be a helpful guide, since I get a lot of questions around how much should menu items costs.

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Is Your Restaurant Ready for St. Patrick's Day?

Friday March 14, 2014


Last year Americans spent over two million dollars dining out on St. Patrick's day. How many of that was spent at your restaurant? Check out this week's article for tips and ideas to make St. Patrick's Day profitable at your restaurant.

Photo Credit: Hotel Ireland

Olive Garden Changes Its Logo and People Freak

Friday March 7, 2014


Olive Garden announced a renaissance of it's brand, this week. The new logo has been the the topic of many blogs and articles, including this one - and people aren't loving the new look. Along with new signage, Olive Garden is planning a remodel of 75 restaurants in 2014 and has revamped it's menu. Read more about Olive Garden's game plan for the coming year.

Whether you like Olive Garden or not, as a restaurant owner or manager you can learn something from this very successful chain. In response to slumping sales, management developed a clear and concise marketing plan for reenergizing their brand.  Is your restaurant suffering from low sales? There are many things independent restaurants can do to increase sales and save money. Check out these 10 things you can do to bring in more business.

Photo Credit: Olive Garden

What is Fast Casual Dining?

Friday February 28, 2014

d Fast Casual is one of the strongest segments in the restaurant industry, actually growing during the recession. So what exactly makes a restaurant fast casual? Menu? Prices? Location? Find out here.


Photo Credit: Seattle Municiple Archives

10 Ways to Make Your Restaurant Awesome

Wednesday February 26, 2014

3 Awesome: Adjective  Extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear; or Extremely good; excellent.

Here are ten ways to make your restaurant an awesome place to eat, work, and own.

How Much Do You Know About Restaurant Menus?

Wednesday February 26, 2014

Do you know the correct food cost for your menu items? Do you which type of font to use on a printed menu? Whether you are opening a new restaurant and need to create a menu from scratch, or revamping an exisiting one, 10 Things to Know About Restaurant Menus has tips for all parts of menu planning.

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