The To-Go Cocktail Trend is Here to Stay

One positive development for the restaurant industry last year was that many states lifted restrictions for off-premise alcohol sales. While this was a short-term fix meant to help restaurants recoup some lost income during COVID, the change seems to be permanent in some places as the pandemic subsides. And since take-out ordering remains popular, restaurant… Read more »

What Does It Mean to Be a Zero-Waste Restaurant?

The sustainability trend is nothing new to the restaurant industry. Now, a few organizations have even gone as far as creating “Zero-Waste” certifications for restaurants ambitious enough to meet the challenge. To qualify, a restaurant must divert a certain amount of waste from landfills, incineration, or the environment (around 90%). While straightforward, reaching for this… Read more »

Predicting Restaurant Trends for 2021: An Impossible Task?

It’s that time of year again when restaurant professionals and experts make their grand predictions for the next year’s trends to watch. But this year has been unique and the next twelve months have never been less certain. With so many tough to predict factors like COVID-19 numbers, government regulations, and public sentiment, one has… Read more »

Ghost Kitchens Explained

Ghost kitchen: It’s the buzzword on everyone’s lips in the hospitality industry lately. But what exactly is it? Basically, it’s a commercial cooking space rented by either virtual restaurants or more traditional dining venues. They exclusively focus on creating food to be delivered to customers. Unsurprisingly, interest in them has surged since the onset of… Read more »

4 Simple Ways to Winterize Your Restaurant’s Outdoor Dining Experience

Warm soups, space heaters, and comfortable furnishings make outdoor dining cozy in the winter

Safely re-opening restaurants has been difficult for many owners this past summer but having the ability to seat guests outside has helped immensely. So as winter approaches and temperatures drop, many restaurant owners are dreading the loss of useable outdoor seating. But there are ways to make outdoor dining spaces comfortable, even inviting, to diners… Read more »

No Tipping Restaurants: Weighing The Pros and Cons During COVID-19

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In light of COVID-19, some restaurants (like this one) are wholeheartedly embracing the no-tipping movement in an effort improve paychecks for their workers. Yet at the same time, other restaurants (like this one) have abandoned the idea, citing the same concern for employee pay. So how does a restaurant decide if adopting a no-tipping policy… Read more »

Can Retailers Make a Dent into the Restaurant Business?

Last month we discussed Food Halls. This month we will tackle another industry game changer, retailer inroads into the restaurant business. Several chains including Whole Foods, Wegmans, Nordstrom, Outdoor World and even Lexus in Japan are trying their hand in the industry. But is it sustainable? Can they do it well? Why try the restaurant… Read more »