Good restaurant design stands the test of time

By Judy Henderson As hospitality designers, it’s our job to provide clients with a finished space that looks current. In my view, we also need to create a design that will stand the test of time and provide the client with true value. The photo above is a restaurant project my firm did in 2006. […]

Canada’s proposed Cannabis Act: What restaurateurs need to know

By Matt Maurer and Whitney Abrams In April 2017, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, (the “Act”) which will legalize the recreational use of cannabis nationwide. The Federal government has committed to a legal market taking effect by July 1, 2018, which will surely impact many Canada Day celebrations. The Act sets […]

The anatomy of a restaurant business plan

By Doug Radkey One of the biggest mistakes an aspiring restaurateur makes is thinking a business plan is only needed if they require additional funding for their start-up. A business plan is much more than just paperwork to obtain funding from a bank or investor. It is the lifeline of your business and it is […]

The parallels between food and restaurant design

By Chris Hannah Being a restaurant designer, it’s impossible not to have a passion for food. As I continue my own culinary education, one of the great parallels between food and design is the ever-evolving landscape in which they live. We are constantly bombarded with media that investigates and dissects both food and design on […]

Building the perfect franchise partnership

By Rick Villalpando The success or failure of a business is contingent on the strength of its partnerships. This is particularly true in the franchise industry and the partnership between franchisor and franchisee, which creates the foundation for the long-term success and profitability of the business. Below are tips, based on more than 25 years […]

Institutional foodservice: One-tenth of Canada’s foodservice industry

In its recently released 2017 Canadian Institutional Foodservice Market Report, fsSTRATEGY estimates total gross revenues in institutional foodservice in Canada in 2016 to be $8.5 billion or 10 per cent of total Canadian foodservice industry sales. Approximately 54 per cent of the institutional foodservice market is operated by management and staff directly employed by institutions. […]

Ontario’s menu labelling law check-up

By Eric Mayzel and Noah Leszcz On January 1, 2017, Ontario’s menu labelling legislation, the Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 (the “Act”) came into force. The Act requires that foodservice businesses with 20 or more locations operating in the province under the same name, or a substantially similar name, display calorie information for standard food […]

The rules for designing a hotel restaurant

By Judy Henderson When staying at a hotel and on the look out for a good spot to eat, I always check with the concierge. If their reply is “we have a great restaurant”, that’s when I run a mile in the other direction.  Hotel restaurants tend to be buried on an upper level and […]

How does a business broker help in selling a restaurant?

By Greg Kells Most restaurant owners focus on a business broker’s ability to find buyers but spend minimal time discussing strategy, documentation, marketing, creative structuring, value enhancement, financing, diligence, confidentiality or executing a professional sale process — yet that’s where the real value of such services to restaurant owners is captured. So what value does […]

Control points for managing food costs

By Eileen Campbell In your operation, food cost is likely one of the highest expenses along with labour, rent and overheads. Even the slightest cost increase can “eat” into your profits. Food cost percentage is a management tool to identify potential problems by comparing changes from one week to the next and should be calculated each accounting […]