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Is Food Truck Culture Right For Your Restaurant?

The number of food trucks is on the rise and that’s a good sign for the restaurant industry as a whole.

The popularity of food trucks is soaring and shows no signs of slowing down. Budding chefs and restaurateurs once saw food trucks as a novel way to enter into the culinary industry without a brick and mortar investment. Now, even established eateries are embracing 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. Here’s what every restaurateur needs to know about the trend.

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Wondering how to get the best prices from your vendors? Every restaurant owner knows that sometimes restaurants run on a shoestring budget--you’ve got to keep your eye on that bottom line. Here are five excellent ways to save on restaurant costs when you’re working with suppliers and vendors.

5 Ways to Save on Restaurant Costs: Getting the Best Prices with Vendors

Every restaurant owner knows keeping costs down is the biggest key to turning a profit.

In the restaurant industry, margins are tight. You need to know how to get the best prices with vendors so you stay in the black. Whether you’re running your first restaurant or your sixth, knowing how to get the best prices with vendors, negotiate, and keep costs down is a vital skill. Restaurants are tight ships and there’s not much wiggle room to spare. If you can save money, you’ll please your customers with competitive prices and attract top talent for your staff with fair pay. Here are five ways to save on restaurant costs and keep your business afloat.

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How to Add Year-Round Outdoor Dining to Your Restaurant

Everyone loves outdoor dining in the summer, but outdoor dining can boost your traffic all year long.

Eating outdoors (aka “dining al fresco”) is one of the simple pleasures of the restaurant patron experience. Food tastes better and drinks go down easier in the fresh air. For restaurant owners in the Midwest facing winter weather, it’s tough to weigh the cost-to-benefit ratio of setting up a space for a few months out of the year. Yet, with some smart strategies, it’s possible to create a comfortable patio, diners will enjoy with or without cooperation from Mother Nature.

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So You Opened A Successful Restaurant. Now What?

Congratulations on your successful restaurant launch! Now, how do you build on your reputation?

All your blood, sweat, toil and tears finally paid off. Not only did you open your restaurant successfully, but you’re ready to keep going—building on your triumph. A restaurant launch is an amazing accomplishment few people ever get to experience. Congratulations! Hidden inside most achievements are the first steps to the next challenge. How do you keep the ball rolling forward once the novelty wears off? Managing a restaurant requires a different mentality and skillset than starting a business. Here are a few tips to keep in mind…

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Does your restaurant water heater meet industry standards and regulations? Here are a few of the key things you need to know to keep your restaurant in the clear with codes and regulations!

Restaurant Hot Water Requirements: Is Your Restaurant Hitting the Mark?

Do you know which components of your restaurant kitchen’s hot water infrastructure are regulated under the FDA’s Food Code?

The Food Code sets the guidelines for each individual state’s food codes, and specifies restaurant hot water requirements for warewashers and sinks. Understand these critical components of food sanitation and make sure your water heater is meeting hot water requirements. Hot water plays an important role in keeping your doors open to the public, so let’s make sure you are up to code!

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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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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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#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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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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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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