Front of House

  • Avoiding restaurant patio pests this summer

    July 29, 2021
    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 new ...
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  • The 360-degree dining experience & the new climate of guest impulse

    July 25, 2021
    By Laurent May Restaurants across the country are reopening and the hospitality industry is reemerging in a post-pandemic world. However, guest expectations have shifted as new technology was introduced over the pandemic to keep dining guests comfortable and safe. On-premise guest experience is traditionally guided by the server, as they drive the service from beginning to end. ...
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  • Restaurant cleaning for post-pandemic challenges

    July 21, 2021
    As the world continues to re-emerge from COVID-19 restrictions, operators must be sure to prepare for the increase in foot traffic and restaurant cleaning expectations while also addressing hiring challenges. In particular, the increased hygiene and safety demands of consumers in the pandemic age mean more focus than ever before must be placed on maintaining ...
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  • Is it time to include tips in menu prices?

    July 16, 2021
    By Sylvain Charlebois and Poppy Nicolette Riddle Tipping is a cultural practice strongly supported in Canada, with most patrons feeling good about their experiences. However, tips can have hidden consequences for those working in foodservice. With staff recruitment a problem as the easing of pandemic guidelines are allowing restaurants to reopen, our research suggests it may be ...
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  • Preparing yourself for summer reopening & recovery

    July 12, 2021
    Canadian consumers are ready to keep supporting restaurants, but managing your margins and elevating guest experience are musts. By Tom Nightingale Canadian foodservice and hospitality is finally getting on the road to healing the deep wounds of COVID-19. On July 16, indoor dining reopens in Ontario for the first time since Easter weekend, a landmark summer reopening ...
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  • Restaurant technology: What to invest in & what to skip

    July 5, 2021
    By Mo Chaar The restaurant industry is an ever-changing technological landscape. The pandemic has shifted guest expectations and restaurants are now required to be tech-savvy and offer online ordering, pay-at-the-table functions, third-party delivery, and more. However, with restaurants already struggling in the current climate, most businesses don’t have the financial resources to invest in expensive restaurant ...
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  • Tipping remains important but are attitudes shifting?

    July 1, 2021
    Canadians largely recognize that tipping is becoming increasingly important for the foodservice and hospitality industry amid the devastating impacts of COVID-19. However, there are some signs that attitudes may be changing. Foodservice and hospitality has always relied on tipping to a significant extent. The pandemic, though, is causing something of a reevaluation of how the industry ...
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  • What today’s diners are looking for in patios

    June 8, 2021
    With outdoor dining on various provinces’ agendas heading into summer, David Hopkins offers the need-to-know. By David Hopkins Two years ago, consumers ranked restaurant patios primarily based on their “vibe”, their menu, and their crowd. Now, getting on for 16 months into the pandemic, that can’t be further from the truth. In 2021, it’s all about transparency, ...
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  • Bold decisions in tough times

    May 21, 2021
    Veteran chef Michael Kirkwood has overseen a transformation at Toronto’s Bramble amid serious illness and industry trauma By Tom Nightingale Nothing has been easy in foodservice during COVID-19. Since March 2020, the industry has been plagued by closures, thinning margins, and the loss of the traditional avenues by which they served their customers and communities. “It’s just ...
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  • Square software now available in Canada as a standalone

    May 20, 2021
    Square KDS has launched as a standalone subscription in Canada and beyond, making the kitchen display software available to all restaurant sellers — including those that don’t require taking orders on a POS or advanced functionality and simply need a KDS to manage and fulfil orders from online ordering and delivery partners.  Square first announced the ...
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  • Optimizing third-party integrations: How restaurants can save money

    May 17, 2021
    By Mo Chaar Varying stages of lockdowns across the country have restaurants nationwide optimizing online ordering and delivery in an effort to maintain service despite ongoing dining bans. While the restaurant industry has relied heavily on these services during the pandemic, after a year of primarily takeout and delivery, restaurants are feeling the weight of the ...
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  • Restaurants are shifting gears to a co-pilot model

    May 5, 2021
    By Laurent May & Alen Puaca The COVID-19 pandemic, as brutal as it has been for the restaurant industry, has given us a chance to reassess how we can interact with our customers and take bold steps to create new dining experiences. Thinking about returning to traditional dining is, in some ways, like watching an old ...
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  • Outlasting the pandemic: How tech is helping restaurants evolve

    April 29, 2021
    By Mo Chaar As restaurants grapple with ongoing closures throughout the pandemic, it’s clear that dining as we know it might never be the same. Bans on indoor dining in provinces like British Columbia have been detrimental as businesses watch Ontario’s restaurant industry with bated breath, which has already been set back more than $100 million ...
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  • Food lockers may be the next big thing in foodservice

    April 12, 2021
    By Tom Nightingale The need to pivot and progress within foodservice has never been clearer than it is during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much has already changed. Takeout, already a prominent trend, has exploded in popularity and prominence; more operators have embraced online and mobile ordering and operational technology; and the concept of virtual or ghost kitchens has ...
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  • Contactless solutions a win-win for consumers and businesses

    April 9, 2021
    By John Kelly There’s no question that the coronavirus pandemic — along with the accompanying lockdowns and restrictions — forced brick-and-mortar businesses, from retailers to restaurants, to find new ways to serve their customers and spurred a wave of innovation across many industries.  As the coronavirus vaccine rollout expands and, ultimately, we move towards a state of reopening, ...
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