Instagram in foodservice: A cross-Canada case study

By Sylvia Tomczak Social media is a big deal for businesses, and foodservice is no exception. After RestoBiz recently took a detailed look into the power of social media in the F&B industry, we wanted to find out how operators across the country have been leveraging the power of Instagram to outstanding effect through various […]

Pür & Simple: Pushing for female empowerment in foodservice

COVID-19 has stunted progress in addressing foodservice’s gender imbalance, but Pür & Simple is on a continuing mission By Tom Nightingale The foodservice and restaurant industry has been thrust under a newly intense spotlight throughout COVID-19. During a pandemic that has devastated foodservice and hospitality to an extent felt by few other industries, there has […]

Ontario RABS Fund helping secure restaurants’ future

Assistance from inside and outside the Canadian foodservice industry has been vital to so many operators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vastly reduced traffic and revenues, staffing challenges, and the myriad other issues caused by the pandemic have seen restaurants close from coast to coast in Canada, in many cases permanently. In many cases, governmental support […]

Bold decisions in tough times

Veteran chef Michael Kirkwood has overseen a transformation at Toronto’s Bramble amid serious illness and industry trauma By Tom Nightingale Nothing has been easy in foodservice during COVID-19. Since March 2020, the industry has been plagued by closures, thinning margins, and the loss of the traditional avenues by which they served their customers and communities. […]

Ontario Restaurant & Bar Support Fund awards first grant

Ontario’s Restaurant & Bar Support Fund, which officially launched in early March, has awarded its first grant. The Edmund Burke restaurant, a popular spot in Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood, is the first recipient of a grant from the fund. The money will be going to keep staff at the restaurant employed. This grant is the first […]

Shaping a virtual food market

With foot traffic off the table, finding ways to tap into local community from afar has become vital. By Tom Nightingale Heading down to a local food market is a pastime of choice for many people. The wide variety of produce on offer, coupled with that in-person interaction and the knowledge that you’re contributing to […]

Strength, resilience & creativity: How foodservice operators have thrived in the pandemic

RestoBiz spoke to numerous foodservice operators about the bold steps they have taken to keep moving forward throughout COVID-19. By Tom Nightingale Faced with mounting pressure, closures, razor-thin margins, and a range of health and business concerns, foodservice operators have had to tread where they have never stepped before during the COVID-19 pandemic. Battening down […]

Creating a new at-home culinary experience

In a time when ghost kitchens and meal kits are in vogue, Toronto’s Lavish focuses on unique quality. By Tom Nightingale For much of the last 12 months, eating at home has been the new dining out. The stark reality is that the physical dining experience as we knew it pre-COVID-19 may not be back […]

Ghost kitchens begin to arrive in Canadian big-box stores

The hot restaurant concept of ghost kitchens are spreading like wildfire. By Tom Nightingale It’s well-established by this stage that ghost kitchens are the new hot concept born out of — or at least accelerated by — the COVID-19 pandemic. The first ghost kitchen appeared in New York in 2013. It was already growing steadily […]

Finding success through flexible financing

Calgary’s Blowers & Grafton has thrived during the pandemic thanks to painstaking planning and Merchant Growth’s solutions By Tom Nightingale Foodservice and hospitality is often a fine-margin business even at the best of times. There’s so much to juggle financially, from day-to-day product and operational expenses to salaries, from rent and insurance to health and […]