March 2017

The Results Are Out: Craft Beer Growth is Still Going Strong

The gushing industry that is craft beer isn’t anywhere near kicking. At least not for the small and independent brewers out there.In 2016, according to data from The Brewers Association, craft brewers saw a 6 percent rise in volume on a comparable base and a 10 percent increase in retail dollar value.

The Battle for Buffalo Wild Wings Wages On

This probably wasn’t the kind of March Madness Buffalo Wild Wings was hoping for.As the sports-centric chain unrolls its ambitious NCAA Tournament marketing campaign, a battle between its management and an activist investor is unraveling on the public forum.

Big Data and How it Can Fuel Restaurant Growth

With over 40 years in the restaurant industry, most notedly as CEO of a restaurant chain with over 150 locations, Ward Olgreen, from Marketing Vitals, shares his perspective on the value of big data for industry growth.

3 Takeaways from Darden’s Bombshell Announcement

Coinciding with the brand’s announcement of its Q3 earnings results, Darden Restaurants will add casual dining brand Cheddar’s to its portfolio that includes Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse.Why Did Darden Take This Gamble? Read More About it HereFrom expanding to-go offerings to focusing on real estate, here’s a look at how the company continues to improve its restaurants and how it plans to integrate Cheddar’s.

Why Darden is Taking a $780 Million Gamble on Cheddar’s

It isn’t every day that a major casual dining company precedes a financial review with a $780 million jolt. In this sector of the industry especially, it has become commonplace for organizations to huddle and guard their assets.

Spanish Fare Hits the Bull’s-Eye at Growing Bulla Gastrobar

Guests dining at Bulla Gastrobar, located in the Coral Gables and Doral communities of Miami, as well as Winter Park, Florida, usually have no idea that they’re frequenting a rapidly expanding chain of restaurants that will see three more sites open in Tampa, Atlanta, and Texas in the second quarter of 2017, and a fourth shortly afterward in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A Cleveland Restaurateur Embarks on Bold Mayoral Run

Brandon Chrostowski sent out an email with the subject line “Thank You!!!” In the second paragraph, he revealed that he was taking a leave of absence from his four-year-old restaurant. The reasoning was a bit atypical.

Exploring Greyfield Inn, Georgia's Culinary Refuge

Imagine having to take a ferry from an island to the mainland whenever your restaurant requires basic ingredients and kitchen supplies. One other caveat: You only get one day a week to do this. Located on the remote Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia, some describe Greyfield Inn as a smaller, coastal version of the James Beard Award–winning Blackberry Farm, which is hidden in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

How to Survive Renovations? Open a New Restaurant

When Vanda Asapahu and her family first purchased the building on West 87th Street in Los Angeles where they would open Ayara Thai, it became clear that renovations would one day figure into the restaurant’s future.

15 Austin Restaurants That Could Be The Next Big Thing

Because covering the national foodservice industry requires plenty of national travel, I've found myself in some pretty far-flung food destinations across the country, from Idaho's potato fields to Iowa's amber waves of grain, and from Maine's lobster boats to the fishing docks of Alaska's Aleutian Islands (and seemingly every major city in between).

What to Do When You Have to Fire an Employee

No one likes to fire employees, but when your team acts inappropriately or doesn’t meet brand standards, it can be a necessity. As a former human resources manager for a national retail chain and manager of the licensed coffee shop in our store, I had to let many people go, and it was never easy.

How to Get a Killer Bargain on Restaurant Equipment

The struggles of the casual dining industry have been well chronicled. But here’s a question that often goes unanswered: What happens to all that pricey restaurant equipment?In many cases, there’s a solid chance the next owner might just want to open a restaurant.