October 2011

Sips Awards Winners!

Following an impressive bevy of entries for Rmgt’s first ever Sips Awards, we are thrilled to announce the winning restaurants, all of which offer outstanding beverage programs.Entries came from restaurants of all types across the U.

Paper, Recycle, Starbucks

We’ve all heard the maxim, “reduce, reuse, recycle,” and now there’s a company that’s actively following its tenets and encouraging its customers to do the same.Georgia-Pacific Professional, a company that produces paper products for the foodservice industry, along with other services, earlier this year teamed up with the National Restaurant Association to research the recycling practices of restaurant operators and the effects on consumer perceptions, traffic, and sales.

Fighting Underage Drinking in Your Stores

Greg Carey knows his guest base.The president and chief operating officer at Flat Out Crazy Restaurant Group, the Chicago-based company that oversees 18 Flat Top Grill locations, Carey and his cohorts have embraced Generation Y’s connection with customized meals and strategically positioned many of Flat Top’s restaurants in areas with youthful client bases.

Top Wines for Fall

It is that time of year again. The leaves are turning yellow, football season has commenced, and the Pumpkin Spice latte is back on the Starbucks menu. As your menu changes to reflect fall flavors, your wine list should, too.

Leave it to the Professionals

Restaurant operators should beware of leaving their units in the hands of poorly trained novices who have little regard for the bottom line.Recently a friend and I wanted to try a new place in the neighborhood that served salads, bagels, sandwiches and light fare.

Illuminate Your Dining Experience

“In architectural lighting design, the luminous environment evolves out of the character and the intent of the space … and the needs, desires and expectations of the people for whom the space is created” —Carol Chaffee AssociatesLighting is an important tool for the restaurant architect and designer.

Burgers Meet Sushi

Toss together sushi and burgers, season, and pour into a greased pan.What do you get? A crazy idea; a silly concept; a highly successful restaurant? All of these in fact and the result is The Cowfish, a sushi and burger bar in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Small Plates Are Big Business

Tapas are a little bit like Kleenex, which began as a category-defining brand but is now often used generically. While tapas are Spanish, the food term has become synonymous with virtually all small plates regardless of culinary origin.

Your Guide to Groupon

To Groupon or not Groupon, that is the question many restaurateurs are asking themselves these days. Since the online coupon company offered its first daily deal in November 2008, it has become a bona fide phenomenon.