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Lorri Mealey

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By Lorri Mealey

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    • How to Start a Food Truck Business Created: Sunday, June 06, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      A food truck is like restaurant on wheels. It has several distinct advantages over a traditional eat-in restaurant. A food truck can go to where the customers are. It has pretty low overhead, compa...
    • Before You Open a Restaurant Created: Thursday, December 13, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Everything you need to know about opening a restaurant, from choosing the perfect location to designing the menu.
    • Restaurant Operation Trends Created: Saturday, January 01, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Like fashion, restaurant operations have trends and fads that ebb and flow with time- recall the roller-skating waitresses at drive-in diners during the 1950s. Listed below are some popular restaur...
    • 10 things to Know About Choosing a Restaurant Location Created: Sunday, March 27, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Not every available space is right for a restaurant. Here are ten tips you should know when selecting a restaurant location." itemprop="description">
    • Sample Restaurant Comment Card Created: Sunday, April 18, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Sample of a restaurant comment card that restaurant owners can use to gauge customer service and handle customer complaints." itemprop="description">
    • Restaurant Special Promotions Created: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      There are many types of special promotions that restaurants can try to increase sales, including fundraising dinners, murder mystery dinners, wine tastings, and catering." !--#if expr="$zTP='t3'" -...
    • How to Hire a Bartender Created: Saturday, January 05, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      In the restaurant business, finding a good bartender is akin to striking gold. Learn how to hire a bartender based on experience, references & reputation." itemprop="de"$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop=...
    • Restaurant Food Safety Created: Saturday, September 25, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Learn about the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) program to help reduce the chances of food poisoning in restaurants and food distribution." itemprop="descrip='t3'" --> itemprop="desc...
    • A History of the Restaurant – Part One Created: Monday, October 24, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Expansion of travel in the 19th Century brought about an increase in new restaurants both in Europe and the United States." itemprop="description">
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    • Restauranting FAQs Created: Sunday, November 30, 2008 Updated: Friday, March 14, 2014
      Questions commonly asked when opening a new restaurant, such as how to get a business loan, what type of restaurant equipment to buy and how to choose a restaurant location and restaurant name. "
    • Should You Buy an Existing Restaurant? Created: Monday, August 25, 2008 Updated: Friday, March 14, 2014
      Should you buy an existing restaurant? Or should you just open your own restaurant? Is an existing restaurant a good investment?" itemprop="description">
    • Is Your Restaurant Ready for St.Patrick's Day? Created: Friday, March 14, 2014 Updated: Friday, March 14, 2014
      Restaurant marketing ideas for St. Patrick's Day
    • How to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Catering Business Created: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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    • What is Fast Casual Dining Created: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
      Fast casual is one of the strongest restaurant concepts, despite the recession.
    • Beverage Trends for 2014 Created: Sunday, February 16, 2014 Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014
      Top alcohol trends for restaurants in 2014 from the National Restaurant Association.
    • How to Use Social Media With Your Catering Business Created: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Updated: Sunday, February 16, 2014
      Tips for using social media to promote your self catering company" itemprop="description"> Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
      How to write an effective restaurant menu, including tips for pricing, food cost, local foods and menu design.
    • What to Expect on Restaurant Menus in 2014 Created: Sunday, January 05, 2014 Updated: Sunday, January 05, 2014
      What's Hot Culinary Forecast predicts menu trends for restaurants in 2014. Local foods, ethnic appetizers and house made food and beverages are all hot trends.
    • Top Restaurant Appetizer Trends for 2014 Created: Thursday, December 26, 2013 Updated: Thursday, December 26, 2013
      What's Hot Culinary Forecast 2014 and popular appetizers for your restaurant menu.
    • New Ingredients to Spice Up Your Restaurant Menu Created: Saturday, December 21, 2013 Updated: Saturday, December 21, 2013
      popular menu items like pomegranate, togarashi, and shisito are trending at restaurants in 2014.
    • Local Food and Beverage Trends 2014 Created: Thursday, December 19, 2013 Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013
      Menu trends for restaurants from the national restaurant association, including hot trends like local foods, sustainability, house made items.
    • 2014 What’s Hot Culinary Forecast Created: Saturday, December 07, 2013 Updated: Saturday, December 07, 2013
      National Restaurant Association's 2014 culinary forecast predicts trends for restaurant menus.
    • FAQ About Social Media, Marketing and Restaurants Created: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
      popular questions about Instagram, facebook, pinterest, and twitter and how restaurants can use social media to reach customers.
    • Social Media 2013 for Restaurants Created: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
      Instagram, Pinterest, Hootsuite, and Facebook each offer a unique way for small independent restaurants to advertise.
    • Reader Asks: Should I Use Instagram to Promote My Restaurant? Created: Monday, November 25, 2013 Updated: Monday, November 25, 2013
      Use Instagram to help promote your independent restaurant and engage customers, building a stronger online reputation.
    • Instagram and Restaurants Created: Saturday, November 23, 2013 Updated: Saturday, November 23, 2013
      How to use instagram at your restaurant to. Ask customers to post selfies for restaurant promotions and post to other social media sites.
    • All About Restaurant Liquor Licenses Created: Thursday, January 31, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
      What is a liquor license, why restaurants need a liquor license and how to apply for a liquor license.
    • State Liquor License Agencies Created: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013
      List of state liquor license agencies and links to frequently asked questions about liquor laws and licensing.

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