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The Importance of In-House Restaurants To Hotel Profits

Take the time to go beyond customer expectations. Hotels CAN offer much more than great room service.

On the list of reasons to stay at your hotel, your restaurant is likely ranked pretty low. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Hotels are expected to have restaurants even if most guests think they only need them for breakfast and room service.  The rooms division of a hotel will always be the leader in profitability but other revenue streams can make the difference between scraping by and looking to expand. Taking the time to make your hotel’s restaurant stand out can mean not only keeping more guest dollars in house, but representing your local community.

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Food Poisoning

How To Keep Food Poisoning Out of Your Restaurant

There’s no trick to keeping food poisoning out of your restaurant. Prevention is key, but when that doesn’t work, swift & honest corrective action is imperative.

Nobody wants to deal with food poisoning. Seriously, it’s the worst. Your customers don’t want to suffer the effects. Your employees don’t want to be accused of causing it. Restaurant management and ownership don’t t want to have to overcome an accusation of it. There are plenty of steps that can be taken to prevent food poisoning from striking. Education, training and discipline work to keep your restaurant clean, which is the majority of the battle.

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Craft Breweries are Going Green with Sustainable Brewing

Craft breweries can embrace sustainable brewing and take steps toward going green…

In an age where water rights are contested and droughts are increasingly common, craft breweries can stand apart from their industrial competitors by taking advantage of newer, environmentally friendly trends. Not only do customers want the unique brews that only craft brewers provide, they want to buy products that make them feel good about supporting an environmentally responsible company.

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mobile healthcare apps

Integrating Mobile Apps with Healthcare

Mobile healthcare apps offer flexibility to both families and caregivers who want fast results and information.

Families want caregivers to provide the best support possible. Every day, advances in medical technology allow caregivers to do their jobs more efficiently. These advances often come in the form of better machines in hospitals and facilities, but the mobile revolution offered up new options to help caregivers keep families up to date with the status of a loved one’s health. Email, instant messaging and other communications are an obvious choice, but the field of mobile healthcare apps is growing just as fast as any other part of the app store.

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cooking with beer

Cooking with Beer 101

The next best thing to drinking beer? Cooking with it, of course!

German, Belgian and Irish heritages in the Midwest make it a common concept in the region, but the idea has spread to brewpubs and restaurants across the country. Ears perk up when they hear about a recipe influenced by beer. Not only does it give your restaurant a chance to experiment with new flavors (or your brewery a chance to test the food service waters), it can also be a good way to use up any seasonal beer stock your customers might not get around to drinking. You can find tons of excellent beer-based recipes online (start with the one at the end of this article, or find more here or here), or why not try making up your own concoction? Let’s look at some reasons why you might want to consider adding a few new beer-based recipes to your menu.

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pet-friendly apartments

4 Pros (and Just a Few Cons) of Pet-Friendly Property Management

Many apartment and home rental units are going pet-friendly, instead of pet-free.

For many years, our four-legged friends were foes of landlords, mainly due to the perceived extra cost involved in cleaning up rentals after pets and their owners moved out. Changing markets, however, have caused many property owners to rethink their policy on renting to pet owners. Many apartment and home rental units are going pet-friendly, instead of pet-free. Renting to pet owners is a great way to open up your revenue streams, and though it’s not without its potential pitfalls, you may find that renting to pet owners is a lot less hassle than you might imagine.

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So You Opened A Successful Restaurant. Now What?

Congratulations! How do you keep things rolling forward once the novelty wears off?

All that blood, tears, toil and sweat finally paid off. Not only did you open your restaurant, you’ve also kept happy customers coming in the door, day after day. It’s an amazing accomplishment few people ever get to experience. Congratulations! Hidden inside most goals are the first steps to the next challenge. How do you keep things rolling forward once the novelty wears off? To keep your restaurant running successfully you’re going to need a new set of skills. Here are a few things to keep in mind…

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assisted living home

5 Key Qualities People Look for in Assisted Living Facilities

If you work in an assisted living facility, review these five qualities to determine how well your facility stacks up.

Seeking out a quality assisted living facility for a loved one can be an overwhelming process. Whether the loved one requires additional care for safety or medical reasons, when the time comes, choosing the right facility can be difficult. Figuring out where to even start can be daunting. The more information that can be pulled together will ensure an informed decision.These five elements make up an assisted living checklist that will ease the process of deciding on the right facility to meet the family’s needs. Alternately, if you work in an assisted living facility, it’s equally important to be familiar with these five qualities and how well your facility stacks up.

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Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Bedbugs Out Of Your Hotel

Good hotels should have a pest control and prevention plan in place. Learn more…

Good hotels should have a pest control and prevention plan in place. Unfortunately, threats evolve, and one of the largest threats to hotels in recent years is bedbugs. Beyond the itching and the bite marks, these pests can follow your customers home and continue to cause problems long after their stay in your establishment. Nothing can sink your reputation faster than an outbreak of bedbugs, but the chemical pesticides and other methods used by many pest control companies offer solutions that are often as bad as the original problem. Seeking out green pest control companies can help the problem, but before you do, take some time to prevent bedbugs from taking hold in your hotel.

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midwest seasonal beer

The Best Midwest Seasonal Beer Selections for Any Season

We’ve collected some examples of beer types that pair well with each season along with some local examples to try!

Foods have their best seasons. There’s nothing like a hearty bowl of soup on a cold winter day except perhaps a cool ice cream cone on a hot summer night. Beers are no different. Beyond the usual spectrum of light and dark beers, many breweries expand their selections based on the season. Heartier brews fit perfectly during those hunkered down winter months, while warmer days encourage sweeter tastes and experimentation. We’ve collected some examples of beer types that pair well with each season along with some local examples to try for yourself before figuring out some new recipes.