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LiveBookings.com Announces Growth

Livebookings has announced that it is the biggest restaurant reservations Web site in Europe, where it is 40 percent bigger than OpenTable. In fact, it says, OpenTable is struggling to achieve growth in Europe.

Lamb Weston Taps Into Social Media

Lamb Weston is using social media to promote Tavern Traditions-brand Beer Battered Onion Rings, Fries, and Mozzarella Sticks to attract customers.Through its partnerships with Meal Ticket Social and Mobile App for Smartphones and Call-em-all Text Messaging Club program, Lamb Weston is making it easy for operators to harness the power of social media to promote Tavern Traditions and other menu items to consumers and to drive traffic.

Foodler.com Expands Across U.S.

Foodler.com is expanding across the U.S. and will be in Hawaii by the beginning of May.This website allows customers to order delivery from participating restaurants, online.Foodler features restaurants that already have a delivery service, as well as others that don’t; the latter can contract it out to a third party via the site.

With Opening Day Approaching, Nationals Choose POS

MICROS Systems Inc., a provider of information technology solutionsfor the hospitality and retail industries, announced that the Washington Nationals Baseball Club LLC selected the MICROS 9700 Hospitality Management System (HMS) with Perpetual Inventory & Event Management to manage its food and beverage operations at Nationals Park in Washington, D.

Tech Provider Recognized for Healthy Workplace

HM Electronics Inc. (HME), a technology provider for the restaurant industry, recently earned a “Gold Level Award” from the American Heart Association saluting the importance the company places on providing a healthy workplace, and for its efforts in encouraging regular physical activity and good nutrition among its employees.

It's Back to School with NRA Education Sessions

The 2011 National Restaurant Association’s Hotel-Motel Show, which takes places from May 21-24 in Chicago, will feature more than 70 education sessions that will tackle issues like social media and commerce, increasing sustainability efforts, technology innovations, and how philanthropy can boost business, among other topics.

What Do Casual Dining Employees Really Think?

These days it’s easy for restaurants to get a feel for what diners think of them. They only need to check out a couple of Web sites to read both positive and negative reviews by average Joes.But what about their employees—what do they think? A happy employee can make a big difference to a business, helping boost the bottom line through his or her positivity and dedication.

Have Technology, Customers Will Come

Technology is integral to consumers’ dining experiences, according to a study commissioned by ParTech, in New Hartford, New York.“The results of the restaurant consumer survey highlight just how early technology now becomes involved in the dining consumer’s thought process and how pervasive technology is in delivering an interactive restaurant experience,” says Scott Langdoc, chief technology officer, ParTech.

Now POS Systems Can Check Into Foursquare For You

With loyalty programs and check-in technology gaining popularity with the help of smartphones, one loyalty provider has developed a tool that integrates social media check-ins directly with point-of-sale (POS) systems.

The Franchising World Goes Social

A franchise tool launching next week hopes to connect prospective franchisees with franchisors via an online hub that leads hopeful entrepreneurs to the business purchase process—with a little help from social networking.

Tech Startup Helps Retailers Stay ‘Alert’ with Food Safety

Several product recalls rocked the foodservice industry last year, throwing food safety to the top of both consumers’ and operators’ minds. The recent passage of the FDA Modernization Act, which gives more power to the FDA in recalling foods, further reminded the industry that food safety compliance is a priority for any foodservice retailer.

Tech Provider Recognized for Healthy Workplace

HM Electronics Inc. (HME), a technology provider for the restaurant industry, recently earned a “Gold Level Award” from the American Heart Association saluting the importance the company places on providing a healthy workplace, and for its efforts in encouraging regular physical activity and good nutrition among its employees.

Surveillance Provider Announces Record Year

Sam Naficy, president and CEO of DTT, announced all-time best earnings in 2010. DTT experienced significant year-over-year growth, culminating in its best quarter ever, Q4 2010. Attributed directly to its quality technology and products, the marketplace has further validated the leadership position for DTT’s video surveillance, loss prevention, and operational auditing services.