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Advice on commercial water heater selection, maintenance and safety issues for businesses that rely on a steady supply of hot water.

year-round outdoor dining

The Benefits of Year-Round Outdoor Dining

While eating outside during the summer is the best time, it’s not the only time.

Eating outdoors is one of the simple pleasures of the restaurant experience. When the weather is good, the food tastes better, the drinks seem stronger and the experience can’t be found anywhere else. In places like the Midwest, setting up an outdoor dining areas might seem foolish for a space that can only be enjoyed a few months out of the year. The truth is an outdoor space can be enjoyed without the permission of Mother Nature for those restaurants willing to put in a little extra effort beyond the slow and easy days of summer.

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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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new restaurant tips

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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gluten-free beer

Gluten-Free Brew: Benefits of Keeping Gluten Out Of Your Beer

Why make should breweries begin brewing craft gluten-free beer? Read more to find out!

The variety of beers available at pubs and restaurants expands every month. Many places not only carry different types of beer but also specialty beers made out of special ingredients. A wide selection of beers satisfies the palates of a wider variety of customers. Not every customer wants the same thing. Some customers wish to balance going out to eat with their healthy living choices. Gluten-free beer falls under this category, thanks to a growing awareness of dietary restrictions. Some restaurants now carry gluten-free beer to court these new diners and drinkers.

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start a food truck

Is Food Truck Culture Right For Your Restaurant?

Established eateries are fielding food trucks for a variety of reasons. Is your restaurant up for the challeges that come with running a food truck?

One of the hottest trends in dining out these days is the food truck. These mobile restaurants rose to popularity during the most recent recession and have stayed in the public eye ever since. Food trucks often started as an inexpensive way for budding restaurant owners to get into the food service game. But now, even established eateries are fielding food trucks for a variety of reasons. Before you starting truck shopping or coming up with punny names for your menu, consider the benefits and the challenges of operating a food truck connected to your restaurant.

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small business saturday

#DineSmall for Small Business Saturday

This new seasonal tradition is giving small businesses the attention they deserve when holiday madness strikes.

Black Friday is a uniquely American tradition. Thanksgiving weekend is well known as the kickoff to the crazy rush of sales that signals the beginning of the holiday shopping season. In the rush of amazing sales and unusual opening times, small businesses unable to afford big advertising pushes or big price drops can often get left out in the late November cold. A newer tradition, Small Business Saturday, recently began to create awareness of local businesses and small shops that need holiday dollars just as much, if not more, than the big box stores.

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restaurant startup tips

Starting a Restaurant? Avoid these 4 Most Common Mistakes

Common mistakes sink the best intentions, but being aware of them can help you take them head on.

There are a lot of good reasons to start a restaurant. A passion for food. A clever restaurant concept. A family recipe that will reel in customer after customer. But there are just as many, if not more, pitfalls that can trash a restaurant before it’s been open for a year. Some of the mistakes are obvious, but others can sneak up on both fresh-faced rookies and established restaurant owners.

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restaurant restrooms

Why Your Restaurant’s Restrooms Matter

Not only do restrooms matter as part of retaining customers, they can also complete your concept and save you money.

There are a lot of pieces that need to come together to make a successful restaurant. Good food satisfies your customers. Good service makes sure they have a great experience. An important piece that can get overlooked in the fast-paced environment is your restaurant’s restrooms. Out of all the different types of retailers, restrooms matter the most to patrons of restaurants. Customers who feel a restroom is dirty are far more unlikely to return no matter how well the rest of their experience goes.

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food waste in restaurants

Reducing Restaurant Food Waste: 9 Tips for Food Waste Solutions

Smart restaurant owners can use these great tips to address the problem of food waste and reduce the amount of product that ends up in the dumpster out back.

Restaurant food waste comes from several sources. It may be food that spoils because it’s been in your kitchen too long. It may be food that drops on the floor and becomes unsanitary to serve. It may be food that your customers send back, either uneaten or as scraps of a satisfying meal. Whatever the source, reducing food waste will improve several parts of your business. It saves you money, gives back to the community and can even bring in some good press for a new restaurant or a rebranding.

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