June 20, 2016 By Kristin Menas
In this edition of “concepts to watch,” we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique.
Flock Rotisserie + Greens
Instagram: 3,205 followers | Twitter: 448 followers
Locations: 3 (Toronto)
Concept characteristics: Quality, healthy rotisserie chicken and specialty salads
Free-range birds ... Read more about this post
June 6, 2016 By Hugh Johnston
With food inflation at a troubling 3.9 per cent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2015, operators have more reason than ever to be concerned about rising food costs. Leading the way were beef (up 12 per cent), fresh vegetables (up 11.5 per cent) and pasta (up 10.5 per cent). If you make ... Read more about this post
June 1, 2016 By Roger Mittag
Glassware is one of those intangible items in hospitality that is often taken for granted. For centuries in North America, beer glassware has not been given a second thought. However, things have changed for the better.
Breweries are now developing glassware that is designed to enhance the flavour and aromatic profile of the beer ... Read more about this post
May 18, 2016 By Kristin Menas
The following trends will continue to make a big impact on restaurant menus this year. Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus.
About the trend: A number of operators are experimenting with pretzels beyond pretzel buns, including the use of this salty snack as a breading ... Read more about this post
April 25, 2016 By Kristin Menas
In our first ever ‘concepts to watch,’ we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners. These original eateries use social media to their benefit, are positioned as fast-casual and offer guests unique experiences. Here’s a look at our top fast-casual restaurant concepts.
Instagram: 5,797 followers |Facebook: 4,710 likes
Locations: 3 ... Read more about this post
April 19, 2016 By Jennifer Gausby
During my recent travels to Portugal I visited a restaurant that encouraged me to forget about time. On the back of the menu was a note from the owner that read: “Please stop your watch. Seize the moment.” He then went on to quote Andy Warhol, who said: “The idea of waiting for ... Read more about this post
April 18, 2016 By Diane Chiasson
Is it time to expand your restaurant? You have a reliable customer base and a profitable ongoing restaurant operation. Instead of going through the hassles of looking for real estate, dealing with major construction and suffering the headaches of opening another branch, consider an expansion of your existing location. Try these eight other ... Read more about this post
April 8, 2016 By Chad Finkelstein
Franchise law is a good thing. While that may seem an obvious and self-serving statement coming from a franchise lawyer, one of the reasons that I take satisfaction from my job has to do with the purpose that (I hope) it serves. And that has a lot to do with why franchise law ... Read more about this post
March 31, 2016 By Diane Chiasson With the success of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada is becoming more of an international hotspot for travellers. Tourists are increasingly realizing the draw of this beautiful country, from the scenery and mountains of the West Coast to the European flair of Quebec, the multicultural diversity of Ontario and the waterside ... Read more about this post
March 31, 2016 By Jasmine Kafka The family segment comprises roughly 50 per cent of restaurant revenues in casual dining, with an average cheque 83 per cent higher than couples or seniors (based on The NPD Group CREST Study, 2010). Leading industry consultants forecast that family dining visits will increase this year, as the economy improves and restaurants continue ... Read more about this post
March 31, 2016 In March 2015 a new mobile milestone was reached: the number of mobile-only adult internet users exceeded the number of desktop-only internet users. Smartphones and tablets have now become the primary access point to the internet. Consumers are relying on technology more each day, making it critical for restaurants to understand the impact of mobile ... Read more about this post
March 31, 2016 We are constantly discovering new ways to use the Internet. For example, from virtually any location customers are now able to place their pizza order directly over the Internet through Pizza Hut’s website, or using an application on their own mobile handheld device.
Social media and group buying Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have ... Read more about this post
March 31, 2016 By Laura Zaplatynsky-Bell
Although millennials are among the hottest topics in the media today, a universal definition of who they are can be hard to nail down. Depending on the source, anyone born from 1977 to 1995, or from 1982 to 2004 could be considered a millennial; however, the generally agreed-upon range is anyone born from the ... Read more about this post
March 21, 2016 By Sean Beckingham
March 21, 2016 Leave a comment Social media is built on its human audience, a fact that is sometimes forgotten when brands set up their social media platforms. It’s important that your brand speaks directly to your customers. Ultimately, they’re the ones for whom you’re posting pictures of your scrumptious food. To appeal to your ... Read more about this post
March 7, 2016 By Sean Beckingham If a picture says a thousand words, a video says 10,000 more. Using video comes with plenty of bene-fits but here are some basics you’ll want to keep in mind before you call “action!”
According to the video marketing experts at Adelie Studios, 64 per cent of consumers are more likely to buy a ... Read more about this post