More restaurants are going green as consumers focus on sustainability, and experts say this is perhaps more important for full-serves than any other restaurant segment. Some practices consumers say are important include the use of recycled materials, waste reduction, and use of local ingredients.
Multi-unit operators are increasingly embracing a more sustainable business model, whether simply taking modest, focused actions, working to reduce their carbon footprint, sourcing food from environmentally friendly producers, or enacting comprehensive sustainability programs.
The craft beer industry is thriving, and with it the appreciation for pairing fine brews with fine foods is trending upward as well.By mid-2014, production at U.S. craft breweries was up 18 percent from the previous year, according to the Brewers Association.
From the crunch of something crisped, to the chewiness of dough, snap of a radish, or smoothness of purée, combining textures in the same dish adds depth, excitement, and balance—just like adding acidity or heat.
The smartphone has already reached deep into the restaurant industry. Reservation systems like OpenTable and Yelp’s SeatMe allow customers to reserve tables without ever making a phone call. Diners can locate and review restaurants with apps like Yelp and Urbanspoon.
In one year’s time, the aptly named coup d’état in uptown Minneapolis has managed to transform the neighborhood’s culinary landscape with more upscale cuisine, better service, and sophisticated beverage offerings.
Franchising a full-service restaurant concept is the goal and the dream of many successful restaurateurs, but taking the next big step to package a successful concept into a business model that can be replicated by franchisees requires careful consideration, typically after years of hard work to grow a business.
The delight is in the details.Translated literally, the word faire means to make in French, and Faire—the steak and seafood concept opened in October by Eschelon Experiences—is all about making, just not in the traditional sense of a dark-hued steakhouse.
Since taking over as CEO of Fishbowl in late 2014, I have met with a number of our clients to understand the challenges facing restaurant CEOs, CMOs, and CIOs, and one trend really stood out. Restaurant marketers have a lot of data about their guests, but they have a hard time leveraging it to get a detailed picture of them.
In his formative years as a chef, Conor Hanlon didn’t think too much beyond the kitchen.“I was much more concerned about keeping my head above water than about where we were sourcing ingredients,” Chef Hanlon acknowledges.
Surveying menu data from restaurants across the country from 2013 through 2014, the numbers make one thing clear: Bitter will make its mark as a key menu trend this year. Customers are demanding more of the bitter flavors typically present in vegetables such as cauliflower, collards, kale, and Brussels sprouts as well as India pale ales and bitter tinctures in cocktails.
As the chill sets in over the winter months, the ever-looming threat of snow hovers in the air, the dishes get heartier, and the best escape from the nipping cold is a warm restaurant with a wide selection of brown spirits.
Three newcomers are earning raves for bringing innovative ethnic fare to the already rich and vibrant flavors that personify New Orleans. With an emphasis on local products, these restaurants pay tribute to cuisines from different parts of the globe but share an unwavering commitment to authenticity and creativity.
The industry may need to prepare for a different kind of oil crisis: Olive growers are seeing a dramatic decrease in crop yields worldwide. This shortage, combined with an ever-rising demand for olive oil, could mean higher prices for restaurants, especially those that use pure extra-virgin olive oil.
Amidst the sea of chains in Jacksonville, Florida, one independent stands out—literally. Chef/owner Tom Gray built Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails as a brand new restaurant within a busy town center already experiencing chain restaurant domination by the likes of The Cheesecake Factory, P.