Will the LCBO strike affect restaurant revenues?

Summer is a very busy time for restaurants as they fill their patios and indoor spaces. Wine and spirits account for a significant of restaurant revenues, and as LCBO is the primary provider for restaurant wine and spirits, operators are hoping for a swift end to the labour dispute. According to Restaurants Canada, Ontario’s bars […]

Give your beverage menu a glow-up with summer’s top trends

With patio season in our sights, it’s the perfect time to take a look at your beverage menu and see where it can be spruced up. From cocktails to mocktails, choose trendy ingredients, interesting garnishes, and pretty presentation to take your drink menu to the next level. 84 per cent of consumers think that restaurants […]

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 […]