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Creating great restaurants takes attention, effort and time. Are you a restaurant owner? How about a hotel owner with an onsite restaurant? Or maybe just someone with a restaurant dream? Need some great advice or unique ideas?

If you are early on in the process, don’t be afraid to take customer and employee feedback about the menu or decor and remember the importance of finding a great location. Always keep an eye your finances and consider adjusting portion sizes (within reason) and purchasing items in bulk.

Sanitation is important for restaurants in all phases of life. Kitchen and especially prep areas must always be clean. Make sure the trash is regularly disposed of. Be sure your staff is education on Health Department Guidelines.

Have you considered outdoor dining? If yes, try and extend the patio season, opening earlier in spring and staying open later in the fall, with space heaters or even rustic fire pits. Have you considered offering a gluten free beer? Many people are looking for this alternative due to health and diet trends. Speaking of beer, try adding some beer inspired appetizers or entrees to your menu. Cooking with beer is a fun and current trend. Thinking about starting a food truck? Consider some of the bonuses – free advertising, a place to try out new menu items – with the difficulties –  added expenses, and keeping up with a new set of codes and laws. Many restaurants are adding to-go options, but make sure you are using the best technologies available to ensure great service for everyone!

 

Are you interested in expanding your brewery? This Q&A with Lakefront Brewery president Russ Klisch will show you the pros and cons of owning a brewery restaurant business.
Breweries & Craft Brewing, Food and Beverage & Food Manufacturing, Industry News & Tips, Restaurants

Q&A with Lakefront Brewery: The Pros and Cons of Running a Brewery & Restaurant 

Lakefront Brewery is a thriving and beloved brewery and restaurant at the heart of Milwaukee’s riverfront.

Founded in 1987 by two brothers, Russ and Jim Klisch, this iconic beer establishment has been providing the Milwaukee community with good beer, good food, and even better memories for over 30 years. Interestingly, their ever-popular restaurant, located in the brewery’s beer hall, wasn’t always part of the plan.

We sat down with Russ Klisch, president and co-founder of Lakefront Brewery, and Mike Walker, Lakefront Brewery Front of House Manager to learn more about what it’s like to run a brewery restaurant business, how to create great brews, and the details of Lakefront Brewery’s journey to becoming a treasured Milwaukee staple.

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Are you ready to take a cue from clean eating restaurants and add more healthy dishes to your restaurant’s menu? Organic, whole-foods-based restaurants are a growing trend to follow.
Industry News & Tips, Restaurants

Clean Eating Restaurants: What All Restaurants Should Learn from This Trend

The growing demand for clean eating restaurants in America continues to increase each year.

Customers are seeking out the best whole foods, healthy eats, and organic ingredients. Many people appreciate the mindful approach to food that clean eating restaurants promote. More than ever, customers pay attention to the types of food they’re consuming. This shift in the standard American diet means restaurants must adapt to please a more health-conscious population.

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Food and Beverage & Food Manufacturing, Industry News & Tips, Restaurants

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.
Industry News & Tips, Restaurants

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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Food and Beverage & Food Manufacturing, Restaurants

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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Food and Beverage & Food Manufacturing, Industry News & Tips, Restaurants

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 skill set than starting a business. Here are a few tips to keep in mind…

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Hotels & Hospitality, Restaurants

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 and Beverage & Food Manufacturing

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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Breweries & Craft Brewing, Food and Beverage & Food Manufacturing, Industry News & Tips, Restaurants

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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