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50 Common Restaurant Food Safety Violations and Tips to Avoid Them:...

There are over a million restaurants across the country and they all are inspected by food inspectors to ensure that food served to the public is safe. The majority of food poisoning cases are linked to restaurants because food safety violations that cause food poisoning...

Restaurant Misfits Podcast: Ethan Falk

In this episode of the Restaurant Misfits podcast, Brett interviews Ethan Falk, the CEO of Virtual Restaurant Group (VRG), who offers delivery-only brands that can easily operate out of an existing restaurant. They maximize a restaurant's kitchen space and a restaurant's stream of revenue using no additional overhead.

A Tech Evolution: The Saving Grace For The Restaurant Industry

The demand for digital automation at restaurants continues to soar as the hospitality industry navigates the return to normalcy with a greater reliance on cost cutting, maximizing employee output, and retaining customers. More than 80% of business executives are ramping up plans to digitize...

Why We Need A Hospitality Sustainability Summit

With food and energy prices leading the pack, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released June 2021 Consumer Price Index  is more than another inflationary ripple, the data shows rapidly rising uncontrollable expense tides. When added to the severe labor issues foodservice is battling...

Inspire Your Team This Summer

It’s almost hard to believe that we’re already seven months into 2021! As we look to embrace a summertime characterized by concerts, barbecues, vacations, and parties, it’s jarring how very different it all feels from just one year ago. Our work was challenged over the...

Gold Rush 2021: The Time To Invest In Hospitality Is Now

The hospitality industry is on the road to recovery from pandemic-driven revenue losses — and the time to invest in the sector is now as more innovative companies streamline the way restaurants and meal delivery operators can maximize profits. Virtual restaurants, curbside pickups, QR-code menus...

The Top 5 Successful Marketing Tips, Tricks & Tools Every Restaurant...

Walk down any street in America. How many restaurants will you find? Seriously, is there a strip-mall anywhere with just one restaurant? Consumers not only have a myriad of restaurant options to feed their needs but now restaurants are getting into the game with in-store dining options...

Mind the Communications Gap: Using Comms to Win the War for...

The foodservice industry as a whole has been the hardest hit. As we all plunged into lockdowns of various levels, one thing remained clear - the hospitality industry - and food along with it - suffered greatly with reduced staff and drastic adaptations made to maintain...
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Kitchen Equipment Technology Is All About Providing Operational Efficiency

Technology is always advancing; sometimes quicker than it seems we can keep up. The best thing about existing in a rapidly evolving marketplace, especially after all the change this past year and a half has brought about, is that it prompts an incredible opportunity to...
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Drinking in Change On The Labor Shortage

Inevitably, some financial wizard or politician will be claiming “free money” is hurting our businesses who are struggling to staff up, and that the way to turn this around and get all those bartenders, cocktail servers, bar backs and more back into their jobs is to cut off their unemployment...
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Whip Inflation Now

With food and energy prices leading the pack, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released June 2021 Consumer Price Index  is more than another inflationary ripple, the data shows rapidly rising uncontrollable expense tides. When added to the severe labor issues foodservice is battling...
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3 Reasons Why QSRs Are Struggling To Hire (And The Solutions)

Restaurants are starting to completely reopen and consumers are gaining confidence to eat out again, but are restaurant workers ready to come back to work? A handful of economic factors point to the perfect storm of low supply and high demand in the hunt for hourly employees.
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Understanding the Impact of a $325 Plant Based Menu

After the pandemic shut down restaurants across the city, chef and owner, Daniel Humm, has reopened New York City’s three Michelin-starred restaurant, Eleven Madison Park. This reopening revealed a new 100% plant-based menu that costs $325 per customer...
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Updating Your Cleaning Management Strategy To Ease Pressure On Staffing Issues

With the reopening of restaurants and food service operations, operators are having to figure out how to do more with a smaller staff. One of the ways to ease the burden of having a smaller staff is by using smart and efficient cleaning technologies. There are several options...
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Employee Benefits Considerations Due to Hospitality Business Downsizing

For many hospitality businesses, downsizing due to impacts of the pandemic, has been unavoidable. In fact, almost four in 10 of all the U.S. jobs lost since February of last year haven been in the leisure & hospitality industry, according to a 2021 Department of Labor national jobs report...
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Trackforce Valiant Brings Comprehensive Portfolio of Specialized Payroll and HR Solutions to Hospitality Industry

Former independent companies Trackforce, a front-end solutions company, and Valiant, a payroll and back-office solutions company, merged to create Trackforce Valiant, a new powerhouse in restaurant and hospitality management that serves as a holistic solutions company, offering restaurants...
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In Praise of Everyday Heroes

From having her hospital scrubs displayed at the Smithsonian to serving as Grand Marshall for last week’s Canyon of Heroes tickertape parade honoring frontline workers and first responders, Northwell Health’s critical care nursing director Sandra Lindsay deserves more than all the accolades she continues to receive.
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L. Sashin and TFS Virtual Session on July 14th + 28th To Explore Latest Restaurant & Hospitality Trends

L Sashin and Associates and Total Food Service (TFS) are set to host a series of virtual breakfast sessions on the web. “Our goal is to help the restaurant and foodservice industry take advantage of the perspective that we have been able to gain in working with clients in a wide...
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Two Truths About Restaurant Profits

What is a realistic profit margin for a restaurant? Have you been searching for a magic number? Do you want to know where you stack up against the competition? Are you worried that you’re leaving money on the table, or are you just looking to make money for the first time?
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How to Protect Your Restaurant’s Return To (The New) Normalcy

After months of complying with CDC guidelines and citizens receiving their vaccinations, the State of New York has been granted access to reopen. However, there is a fine line about how we go from social distancing and wearing masks to the type of “normal” we were familiar with in 2019...
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Hospitality’s Smokey Bear

While Covid-19, its variants or other deadly pathogens may be out of foodservice’s immediate sight in recent weeks, we cannot let it also become out of mind.  The recent fast moving coronavirus outbreak in Florida adding 2 more deaths to Covid-19’s toll serves as a stark reminder...
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Made in America: Chocolatetown Opens At Hersheypark

Finding the perfect product is always joyous. It’s no surprise that the opening of The Chocolatier by Hershey is bringing smiles to lots of faces this summer. The restaurant is like no other, with a suite of customized tabletop and furniture made just for Hershey.
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Cooperation Among Competitors: Risks and Opportunities

Federal antitrust laws, which includes the Sherman Act, Clayton Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act, are sometimes described as being highly mysterious and shrouded in technical, economic terms. In truth, they are simply the legal embodiment of economic theories of...
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The Covid Trilogy: Phase 3

Measured by the millions of worldwide deaths, of course Covid-19’s most excruciating and lasting damage is all about public health. Nothing can, should or ever will marginalize this awful reality. This column is written from a pure business orientation, with particular emphasis on hospitality...
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Automatic Solutions: Surviving the Labor Shortage

Whether you are a business owner looking to add a menu to your existing establishment, or an entrepreneur starting out on a new venture, you will want to make sure you are arming yourself with the best tools possible. The kitchen equipment you choose will impact the...
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It’s Not Over Until We’re Back

From corporate dining to neighboring restaurants— indeed the very industry defining that ecosystem, sitting at the heart of war for talent strategies—boldly stepping up with the most creative, compelling reasons for employees getting back to vibrant workplaces is nothing short of an imperative.
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Out of Darkness Comes Opportunity For Spirits Entrepreneurs

Like a morning fog rising off a lake that allows you to see the trees on the opposite shore so clearly, the vaccine’s availability seems to have changed our perspective on life. Finally, we can go “back” to what it was before. But for many spirits entrepreneurs, back is not where they need to go...
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Why Most Restaurant Operators Never Create a Budget

When it comes to excuses for not having a restaurant budget, I’ve heard them all. The problem with these excuses is they stop you from doing the next best thing that will improve your restaurant and your life. Here are the top six excuses for why most restaurant operators never create a budget...
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Redefining Healthy Spaces Post Pandemic

Prior to 2020, if a restaurant or foodservice operator were shopping for a healthy location, the classified ad might read something like this: well-maintained, good indoor air quality, and daylight. It would also feature low impact on the environment human health and supported by green cleaning.
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Proactive Measures to Avoid Business Disruption

Hospitality can be a chaotic business even in the most predictable times, as we rapidly build up steam to fully restored access and operations guarding against any and all of the negative planning and execution forces must be the industry’s management priority...
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The Truth About Successful Restaurants

Would you open a pizza shop without an oven? Would you try to run a restaurant without a dishwasher? No, you would not. Ovens, dishwashers, tables, chairs, flatware, napkins, soap, POS system, credit card processing, servers… all these things and more you need to run a restaurant.
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When A Loss Occurs: A Guide to Navigating the Commercial Claims Process

Even with proper risk management best practice, it’s impossible for hospitality businesses, and those across all industries, to completely avoid all types of insurance claims from happening. When you have a loss there are a number of parties involved who will play a role in your claim...
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Building Trust is Hard, Losing Trust is Easy

Like most notably insightful things, Edelman’s recently released 21st annual Trust Barometer offers both great opportunities and challenges. For the first time in history, business is now the world’s most trusted institution, yet undercurrents of distrust ripple through every demographic and sector...
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A Changing Restaurant Industry in the New Normal

The restaurant industry has drastically been reshaped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the onset of the pandemic some restaurants sadly closed and never reopened. Those that managed to stay open had to quickly adapt by figuring out how to survive with takeout and delivery services only...
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Wide Open Spaces: Why Food Halls Never Left

Delray Beach Market is one of the most recently completed design and build projects from our Miramar, Florida based team. The space has set the record as the largest food hall in the state; it currently hosts 28 independent restaurant concepts...
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Velocity and Momentum in Business Growth

Swift, significant and sustained profitable growth is best propelled by velocity and momentum working in tandem. Easing of Covid-19 restrictions has certainly created favorable hospitality momentum as diners are rushing back to favorite restaurants and leisure travel demand surges...
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ITW Garners Top National EPA Energy Efficiency Honors

PBAC & Associates has a team that brings the foodservice industry’s best equipment  and supply brands to the world’s most complex and diverse Metro New York foodservice marketplace. Keith Fitzgerald is on the front line providing solutions for clients...
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Ventless Solutions: Doubling Down on Profits

Whether you are a business owner looking to add a menu to your existing establishment, or an entrepreneur starting out on a new venture, you will want to make sure you are arming yourself with the best tools possible. The kitchen equipment you choose will impact the...
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The Pillars of Business Evolution

Evolving CDC guidelines certainly are major milestones yet last week’s breakthrough announcement has sparked considerable uncertainty about timing or what even 100% capacity actually means. Clearly, hospitality’s full-throttle priority is to rapidly and securely rebuild its bridge...
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Springing A Fresh Approach on The Three Tier System

If you’ve spent any time on social media lately and have friends who live in the Washington/Maryland/Virginia area, surely, late March and early April left you with an eyeful of your friends’ annual cherry blossom photos.  Like clockwork these go up on social media...
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2021 Hurricane Season Preparedness For Your Hospitality Business

During the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season, which officially runs from June through November 30, hospitality business owners and managers must take a multi-pronged approach to safety. First, crisis communications, management and business continuity planning...
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Building a Network To Ensure A Safe and Sustainable Reopening Strategy

It dawned on me as we begin to emerge from the chaos of the pandemic, that an important factor in finding your new normal is based on your relationships, old and new. From your back of the house and dining room teams to your vendors, the question is how can we help each other?
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Employers of Choice Are Flush With Talented Staff

Controlling everything you can as a matter of proactive, aligned, constantly refined strategies and tactics is a recurring theme of these weekly columns. This proven methodology is most essential for successfully managing through events apparently beyond one’s direct control...
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The Mad Dash to Reopen: Overcoming Hiring and Onboarding Challenges

The foodservice industry as a whole has been the hardest hit. As we all plunged into lockdowns of various levels, one thing remained clear - the hospitality industry - and food along with it - suffered greatly with reduced staff and drastic adaptations made to maintain...
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