Can you improve your restaurant’s online ordering system?

As off-premise dining stays popular among consumers, operators can differentiate themselves and raise the bar on the customer experience with a better online ordering system. According to TouchBistro’s 2024 Diner Trends Report, 31 per cent of Canadians are ordering delivery and takeout every week, and that’s up from 25 per cent in 2022. Today, online […]

How much will the carbon tax and climate change affect food prices?

Inflation has dominated the news and the industry for the last few years, as consumers have seen food prices consistently rise. While we did experience some temporary relief from inflation in February, how much impact will climate change and Canada’s carbon tax impact the industry? Will these factors force restaurateurs to raise their menu prices […]

The rise of eatertainment

The foodservice industry has seen many changes in the last few years, but the rise of eatertainment is one trend that looks like it is here to stay. Guests are looking for more from their restaurant visits, and that means adding value with an exceptional experience – that’s eatertainment. While not a strictly new concept […]

Addressing restaurant cancellations and no-shows

As restaurateurs continue to balance thin margins and staffing shortages, more have begun taking steps to deter diners from last-minute cancellations (or not coming at all) as a way to try and manage their costs. According to studies, 17 per cent of U.S. restaurants charged at least one cancellation fee in January, up four per […]

Off-premise dining continues to drive restaurant revenues

Even as dine-in traffic continues to pick up, demand remains high for off-premise dining. From delivery to drive-thru, studies show that 43 per cent of full-service restaurants accounted for more off-premise business in 2023 than five years ago, and 26 per cent of operators plan to add more options to their off-premise offerings this year. […]

Will 2024 be easier for operators?

As we move through the first quarter of 2024, looking back to the final quarter of last year can give us some insight into restaurant success, consumer spending, and what’s trending this year. How did restaurants do towards the end of last year and what can we expect to see this year? While traffic dipped […]

How restaurants can survive and thrive during the slower season

By Brittain Brown Restaurants are grappling with a unique set of challenges – the confluence of inflation, winter weather, and the post-holiday lull creates a perfect storm, leaving many establishments feeling the financial pinch. Amidst the struggles, this is a chance for restaurateurs to think outside the box and find innovative ways to attract customers […]

Today’s customer spending and its effect on restaurants

By Vince Sgabellone Economists have projected a slowdown in the Canadian economy for several quarters now. Similarly, Canadian consumers have reported for over a year that they plan to cut back on their spending and studies show they have done just that. For the year ending June 2023, consumer spending across the 11 retail categories […]

Creative tips for restaurants to stay ahead in 2024

By Graham Campbell As restaurants across Canada continue to rebound from the pandemic, fewer Canadians are dining out amidst inflation and soaring interest hikes. Restaurant operators are left worried about the rising cost of food and supplies and how much of this burden they can reasonably pass onto customers. With nearly half of Canadian restaurants […]

Navigating the surge to offer an enhanced customer experience

By Peter Dougherty In an ever-evolving industry, restaurant operators are continually seeking innovative ways to increase revenue and elevate the overall guest experience. Traditionally, surge pricing has been considered a strategy to manage demand during peak hours. However, in recent years, guests have become more conscious about spending and surge pricing has become unpopular with […]