Will the LCBO strike affect restaurant revenues?

Summer is a very busy time for restaurants as they fill their patios and indoor spaces. Wine and spirits account for a significant of restaurant revenues, and as LCBO is the primary provider for restaurant wine and spirits, operators are hoping for a swift end to the labour dispute. According to Restaurants Canada, Ontario’s bars […]

Elevating your restaurant business for success

By Dawn Castell Running a successful restaurant isn’t just about serving great food, it’s about creating memorable experiences, building a loyal customer base, and mastering the art of hospitality. Whether you’re a seasoned restaurateur or just starting out in the business, here are key strategies to elevate your restaurant and achieve lasting success. Craft a […]

Restaurants in real-time: today’s foodservice industry and where we’re headed

By Jessica Brill As the foodservice industry progresses on the road to recovery, the post-pandemic landscape continues to challenge a great number of restaurateurs. Inflation, staffing shortages, and government policies threaten the livelihoods of so many hospitality businesses, as many operators work to get back on their feet. Prior to the pandemic, the average monthly […]

The Spring/Summer issue of CRFN Magazine is now available!

In the optimistic spirit that often comes with spring and summer, we dive into today’s foodservice challenges and successes in this issue, with a look towards top trends and where we are headed through the remainder of the year. Our Spring/Summer 2024 issue of Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News examines the industry from menu trends […]

Creating a menu to attract restaurant guests

As dining preferences continue to change and evolve, it’s important for restaurants to know what guests are looking for and what attracts guests to their restaurant. Having a standout menu can make or break higher traffic numbers and make the most of your margins. Datassential’s Menu Development Report, Menu Magic 2024 provides insight into what […]

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. […]