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 […]

Alternative financing: Know your options when it’s time to borrow

By Jeff Mitelman Growing a restaurant business at a stable pace throughout the year can be challenging, even for the most experienced restaurant owner. The seasonality and competitive nature of the industry, changing consumer eating trends, and the ramp up costs for expansion all require savvy planning – and often an infusion of capital to […]

Food Service Operations program now available at Humber College

By Kavita Sabharwal Advancing your career in the foodservice industry can be difficult, especially if you’re currently working full time at a restaurant and find you have no time to tackle school, as well. With the introduction of Humber College’s new Food Service Operations Certificate program, however, it’s easier than ever to learn the skills necessary […]

Marijuana at work: Drug testing and safety in a Smart Serve environment

By Jennifer Mathers McHenry On April 23, 2017, the Government introduced the Cannabis Act in the House of Commons. When the Cannabis Act comes into force, adult Canadians will be able to legally possess, grow and purchase limited amounts of marijuana. The Government intends to bring the proposed legislation into force no later than July […]

13 tips and tricks for developing an ideal business plan

By Katrina McKinnon Every entrepreneur starts their own business with only one goal: to succeed. However, a vast majority of business owners have absolutely NO clear idea about how exactly to achieve the desired success. If you are one of those who wants to enjoy a good reputation and run a popular restaurant, you must […]

August’s top restaurant concepts to watch

By Aaron Jourden In this edition of “concepts to watch,” we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners this August. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique: Kekuli Cafe Coffee & Bannock Instagram: 1,232 followers | Facebook: 6,197 | Twitter: 5,398 followers Locations: […]

How to run a better hospitality business

By Matt Rolfe Whether you’re part of a large national multi-site operation or a single location operator, the facts show that running a healthy and successful operation is simply getting harder with each month and year that passes. Costs are rising, great management and staff are increasingly difficult to find and even harder to retain, […]