The pandemic’s main lessons for restaurants? Flexibility and preparation

By Mo Chaar If COVID-19 has shown restaurants anything, it’s that we live in an unpredictable world. In large part, the industry was unprepared for the pandemic, which had ramifications for every aspect of running a restaurant, from the health and safety of guests to staffing challenges. After two years that saw the industry grappling […]

How to keep track of your restaurant equipment & inventory

By Erin Wagner Restaurants contain a wide range of equipment used for cooking, storing, and handling foods, and this equipment requires regular maintenance to remain in good working condition. Tracking restaurant inventory and equipment remains a challenge for most establishments. Some businesses do not pay much attention to proactive maintenance programs, and that leaves facilities […]

A case study in the value of technology: The Captain’s Boil

By Andy Huang From the COVID-19 pandemic to staff shortages and supply chain issues, it has been a rough couple of years for the hospitality industry. Restaurateurs looking to expand operations may be hesitant — but with the help of one key ingredient, this dream can become a reality. At seafood chain The Captain’s Boil, […]

Leading your restaurant with strategic clarity

By Doug Radkey Being a leader isn’t easy. It takes a multitude of characteristics to become an innovative, collaborative, and successful leader. Goal-setting, decision-making, and massive amounts of action are vital to rise to the top and it requires vision, self-awareness, collaboration, communication, optimism, and adaptability to lead a team. As a leader, you will […]

Restaurant management pay rising along with turnover

While the ongoing conversation around the restaurant staffing crisis has largely focused on kitchen staff and hourly front-of-house team members, it’s worth remembering that the challenges are also felt by restaurant management.  As kitchen and dining room staff turnover increased dramatically throughout 2021, so did that of restaurant management positions. In both limited- and full-service […]

3 ways restaurants can navigate pandemic consumer behaviour

By Mike Wilson The last two years have challenged restaurants with evolving safety concerns, rules, and diner behaviour and preferences. While sales were down 29 per cent entering 2021, they’re expected to increase 21 per cent in 2022, potentially reaching pre-pandemic levels. Restaurants must continue to be nimble, responsive, and creative to survive and thrive. […]

Offsetting rising restaurant costs in 2021

Restaurant costs were already a burden for operators even before the pandemic raised the stakes. But particularly in the current climate, operators constantly need to adapt to stay afloat, you’ve got to adapt. Restaurant labour costs are rising amid a staffing challenge, food prices have soared in many industry sectors, and logistics costs keep climbing, […]

7shifts launches free online restaurant management academy

Restaurant management has always been testing work but in today’s age, it’s an incredibly challenging job. Balancing staff requirements, food costs, and other operational concerns alongside the need to maximize revenues to retain often razor-thin margins is no enviable task. Thankfully, Canadian-based team management company 7shifts has released its new 7shifts Academy, described as a […]

Staff management doesn’t have to be complicated

In 2021, running employee operations is so much more than just shift scheduling, but solutions like BarSight Restaurant Systems are here to help. Running a restaurant or other foodservice establishment is very different from a typical 9-5 operation. Even before COVID-19, the scope of responsibilities that operators have to juggle on the staffing side alone […]

Why COVID-19 could present opportunities for restaurateurs

By Mark Plumlee It’s been a tough 16 months for restaurateurs. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the industry to the brink, accelerating technological trends and forcing restaurants to adopt to-go business as a foundational revenue stream. As we come out of the pandemic into the “new normal,” get ready to see an explosion of new ventures […]