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November 2016

Maybe It Takes a Restaurant, Not a Village

When Monetta White and her husband, Chef David Lawrence, opened their modern Southern restaurant 1300 on Fillmore in San Francisco in 2007, their initial plan quickly expanded to something greater. The couple embraced the idea of giving back to the youth of the community, an ethos that extends to their latest venture, Black Bark BBQ, a restaurant located a few doors down in the same Western Addition neighborhood.

Restaurants Can Bank on Thanksgiving Sales

Not all consumers will be roasting a turkey at home this Thanksgiving, and restaurants can capitalize on those who desire to dine out or pick up takeaway meals or items.According to the National Restaurant Association, 10 percent of consumers plan to dine out for a Thanksgiving meal, and 5 percent will get a full takeout meal.

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Rockit Ranch Productions

Snapchat Brings Guests Into the Restaurant

As restaurants ramp up their social media programs, operators typically consider the most popular platforms—Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Pinterest—to connect with consumers. But Billy Dec, founder and chief executive at Chicago-based Rockit Ranch Productions, has added another social media arrow to his overall marketing quiver: Snapchat.

Craft Coffee Hits its Stride

As a coffee aficionada, Kelly Fields—executive pastry chef and partner at the year-old Willa Jean in New Orleans, a restaurant also operated by celebrity chef John Besh—knew regular drip coffee just wouldn’t do.