Planning ahead for patio season

In the next few months, we will see patios steadily open up as the weather warms up and more people want to enjoy dining outside. The warmer weather brings operators the opportunity to bring in more traffic, create a unique dining space, expand the menu, and become a destination for outdoor dining. But with these […]

A spring cleaning checklist for your restaurant

As traffic picks up with the warmer weather, it’s the perfect time for spring cleaning at your restaurant. From sanitization to décor to safety, give your restaurant the attention it needs to get it spring and summer-ready. Front of house Start with the first thing people see, your entranceway and your mats. Give your floors […]

Embrace spring at your restaurant

As winter winds down, it’s time to start planning what spring looks like at your restaurant. With more hours of daylight, warmer weather, and more local, seasonal ingredients available, entice guests to visit to get the most out of spring. Spring cleaning Since the pandemic, studies show that 95 per cent of consumers want as […]

Freshen up your restaurant operations for summer

Is your restaurant prepared for the summer rush that often comes with warmer weather, longer days, and outdoor dining? As most restaurant operators continue to tackle supply chain delays, inflation, and labour challenges, having a summer strategy will put you ahead of your competition and impress your guests. Plan ahead While the season is rapidly […]

2023’s best burger trends

Once the warmer weather arrives, Canadians tend to think of barbecuing as synonymous with patios, and that means it’s time to get your burger menu ready. You likely already have burgers on your menu, but are you taking today’s trends into consideration? According to Technomic’s recent study, there are some top trends to note this […]

Revealing Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in 2022

Leading online restaurant reservation provider OpenTable has named its 100 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in Canada just in time for the unofficial kickoff to patio season: Victoria Day long weekend. Data shows that Canadians are storming back to restaurants and patios, with May reservations up 61 per cent compared to pre-pandemic 2019. This year’s […]

Outdoor dining demand has been driven up by Delta variant

New data from the U.S. National Restaurant Association has shown how the delta COVID-19 variant drove up the demand for outdoor dining. In a September 2021 survey fielded by the Association, 78 per cent of operators said their restaurant experienced a decline in customer demand for indoor on-premises dining in recent weeks, as a result […]

What today’s diners are looking for in patios

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 […]

Ontario dining shuts down for at least 4 weeks

Ontario is shutting down all indoor and outdoor dining for a minimum of 28 days in response to rising COVID-19 cases. The province’s self-styled “emergency brake” response includes prohibiting all Ontario dining indoors and on patios, just weeks after many establishments had been allowed to re-open for dining and open patios. Takeout, delivery, and drive-thru […]

Vancouver patios now open for applications

Applications for Vancouver patios are now open for local businesses. As part of the City’s ongoing support for local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, online applications are now being accepted for a temporary patio on public property for the April 1 to October 31, 2021 patio season. Temporary patios on public property include patios on […]