Building for success with your restaurant patio

It may not feel like it just yet, but patio season is on the way again. Programs like Toronto’s CaféTO and Vancouver’s own system will be underway again this spring made permanent in some major jurisdictions, and with hopes of a sustained reopening this time around, it could be a much-needed busy summer for those […]

Vancouver patio program amended by City after criticism

The Vancouver patio program has been amended at short notice by the City following high-profile criticism from the foodservice and hospitality industry. The 2022 guidelines for summer patios at restaurants, bars, and breweries had come under fire from industry associations such as the BC Craft Brewers Guild and the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association. […]

Quick-service restaurants are shrinking — by design

Digital is the present and the future for quick-service restaurants, and many major chains are refocusing on smaller physical footprints to increase efficiencies and maximize that potential. Tim Hortons’ U.S. restaurants are getting smaller in an attempt to make the most out of a smaller space and speed up build times, said José Cil, CEO of […]

Here today, gone tomorrow: the value of restaurant pop-ups

By Sylvia Tomczak Pop-ups aren’t an entirely new concept, but lately, they do seem to be appearing on just about every abandoned street corner or empty restaurant facade. From grocers to retailers and, of course, restaurants, the magic of the pop-up is that it’s here today and gone tomorrow. Either moving to a bricks-and-mortar location […]

Concepts to watch: Dinesty, Buono, Dic Ann’s

By Katie Belflower RestoBiz and Technomic’s first 2022 edition of Concept Watch highlights three restaurant concepts on show in Canadian foodservice and what makes them stand out from the crowd. This month, the focus is on Dinesty Dumpling House in B.C., Toronto’s Buono, and Quebec QSR Dic Ann’s. Dinesty Dumpling House Facebook: 855 likes | Instagram: […]

Winter patios are key again but are they a safe option?

The COVID-19 wheel keeps spinning and indoor dining is now greatly reduced or off the table entirely in numerous provinces across Canada. Earlier in the pandemic, outdoor dining was hailed as a saviour by many restaurants, and that applies to winter patios, not just warm-weather ones. The trouble, of course, is making that a comfortable […]

The psychology of restaurant interior design

By Jude Kamal Sometimes, a customer will walk into a restaurant and instantly feel relaxed, comfortable, and ready to have a pleasant time. That should be the aim of every restaurateur, and there is a science behind making patrons feel that way. Great restaurant settings don’t just happen randomly; they are designed that way. There […]

Concept Watch: Banh Mi Boys, 49th Parallel, California Sandwiches

By Katie Belflower RestoBiz and Technomic have linked up again for Concept Watch to highlight three standout restaurant concepts on show in Canadian foodservice right now. This month, the focus is on Banh Mi Boys, 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, and California Sandwiches and how each is standing out from the crowd in Canadian foodservice. Banh Mi Boys Instagram: […]

Avoiding restaurant patio pests this summer

By Alice Sinia Efforts to return to pre-pandemic activities coupled with warmer weather means patrons are heading back to restaurant patio dining. At the same time, customers and employees still expect restaurants to do their part in helping keep them safe while they dine. In many ways, restauranteurs already have this top of mind, deploying […]

Concept Watch: St-Viateur, OEB Breakfast, Olly Fresco’s

By Katie Belflower RestoBiz and Technomic have teamed up again for Concept Watch to highlight three standout restaurant concepts on show in Canadian foodservice right now. This month, the focus is on St-Viateur Bagels, OEB Breakfast Co., and Olly Fresco’s Salad Bar and how each is standing out from the crowd in Canadian foodservice. St-Viateur Bagels […]