The concept of pairing food with entertainment is not new to hospitality. After all, it seems like bowling alleys, arcades, and music venues have always offered concessions. Likewise, billiards have always gone hand in hand with drinking establishments. But in the last few years, concepts like Top Golf and Punchbowl Social have paved the way… Read more »
Tag: Restaurant Trends
What Does the Next Step in the Drive-Thru Evolution Mean for Restaurants?
The drive-thru industry is transforming. A booming convenience culture, super-charged by a pandemic, has given rise to consumers seeking ways to receive meals faster and with less friction. Yet at the same time, diners also crave a unique and high-quality dining experience. Operations, technologies, and even physical building structures are rapidly evolving to accommodate the… Read more »
Restaurant NFT’s: Why Restaurant Managers Should Pay Attention
First, there was Cryptocurrency, then there was talk of the metaverse. Now everyone is discussing NFTs (or non-fungible tokens). At first, these all seem like concepts only applicable to tech industries or gaming forums. But some notable restaurant chains like Mcdonald’s and Panera have jumped in on these virtual trends, including NFTs. While the practical… Read more »
5 Things Managers Need to Know About Restaurant Union Campaigns
The recent Starbucks workers’ union campaigns are making waves in the hospitality world. Since the restaurant industry, in particular, has one of the lowest unionization rates, it feels like uncharted waters for many industry leaders. Here are five essential things that management can and cannot do during a restaurant union campaign: Don’t Threaten It may… Read more »
What do Recent 2021 Tip Rulings Mean for Restaurant Workers?
As of December 28, 2021, the newest ruling of the Fair Labor and Standards Act by the Department of Labor, known as the “dual-jobs” rule, officially goes into effect. Like many government rulings, it is far from straightforward, even though it seeks to clear up confusion over previous policies. Here is a breakdown of how… Read more »
Top 3 Restaurant Trends for 2022 (and what they mean for employers)
It is that time of year again: everyone puts out their predictions for next year’s hottest restaurant trends. Which ingredients will top menus? What is the next big fad diet? What dining experiences will be hot? But many of these trend predictions leave out one of the most important aspects of a restaurant: the staff.… Read more »
Keep Your Restaurant Staff Safe This Fall
COVID still looms over the restaurant industry and diner safety is a huge priority. But many employees are still nervous about the resurgence in COVID numbers. Employers that are conscious of these concerns have already begun to take such drastic measures as requiring vaccination of patrons and employees. However, this might not a feasible option… Read more »
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 »