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. […]

November 2017’s top menu trends to watch

By Aaron Jourden Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus in November 2017. Attention-grabbing apps About the trend: Operators are featuring innovative and out-of-the-ordinary starters to create excitement at the top of the menu. These new offerings range from those that are highly indulgent to those with […]

Pita Pit Canada raises $20,000 during ‘Be a Pita Player’ charitable campaign

By Kavita Sabharwal-Chomiuk Pita Pit Canada recently wrapped up its annual “Be a Pita Player” charitable campaign, which ran from October 16 to 27, 2017. In total, the company raised $20,000 for motionball and the Special Olympics Canada Foundation. The campaign kicked off during an event in Mississauga that featured appearances by Special Olympics Canada […]

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 […]

Q&A: Chef Steve Gonzalez, executive chef, Baro and chef ambassador, Restaurants for Change

By Kavita Sabharwal-Chomiuk Restaurants for Change (RFC), the one-night-only annual event with the goal to raise funds to support community food programs in low income neighbourhoods across Canada, is returning this year on October 18. The event will bring together some of the country’s best restaurants to help create change in Canada’s food system. During […]

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 […]

From grainy to smooth, golden brown to bright yellow, mustard makes the cut

By Sean Moon Dating to a period when ancient Romans mixed unfermented grape juice (known as “must”) with ground mustard seeds, mustard has grown to become one of the most popular condiments or seasonings in the world today. Often paired with meats and cheeses, it is also ubiquitous as a topping for such modern North […]

How technology impacts restaurant operations

By Ray Abramson In the restaurant industry today, technology companies are popping up across the world, offering smarter and better ways to order, deliver and market their products. The result has been an overall enhanced experience for customers. Buying food has never been easier or quicker! Restaurants are consistently pushing the envelope, trying to improve […]

Three easy marketing tactics to establish your restaurant online

By Mark Goren There’s no doubt that running a restaurant has its challenges. Whether you’re opening your doors soon or running an established business, you should seriously consider how a few simple online marketing tactics can help you drive traffic, phone calls and menu views. Follow these simple yet critical steps to build a solid […]