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Up-and-coming food trends are often birthed in New York City. Currently, we’re seeing a few types of cuisine take off in the Apple: Poké (a type of Hawaiian cuisine), paleo-style foods, modern twists on Chinese and Indian, proteins derived from plants, and, believe it or not, an increase in street food. We’re also seeing a rise in food served in bowls, and finally, for dessert, we’re seeing soft-serve ice cream make its mark on the city.

Key Takeaways:

  • Poké is a hawaiian dish that has risen in popularity.
  • Indian as well as Chinese cuisine shows no sign of stalling in popularity.
  • Soft serve ice cream has risen in the ranks of being included in the most decadent of menus.

“Aside from restaurants specifically catering to meat fans, the popularity of eggs as an addition has risen.”

Read more: https://www.qsrmagazine.com/outside-insights/7-fast-casual-trends-taking-nyc

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McDonald’s is now appealing to millennial’s snapchat addiction to promote its brand and hire employees. Due to its past success, it is accepting job applications in the form of creative Snapchat videos called Snaplications. This creative strategy has lead to a vast increase in application numbers. McDonald’s is innovating and keeping up with the new media marketing techniques to spark the interest of the largest demographic. The goal is not solely to promote their brand, but to also teach useful skills for the employee’s future careers and assist with educational goals. McDonald’s has undoubtedly stepped up the game for other franchises to compete with.

Read more: McDonald’s Snapchat Hiring is Back

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Although current shares are down 5%, Dominoes isn’t worried because they were superb for 26-straight weeks. And, now that the loyalty program is available, things are starting to perk back up for the pizza chain as customers redeem their slice of the pie and reward themselves with points for free pizza with every order. The program is available for all customers, is easy to use, and offers an array of additional perks and benefits for both the company and their customers.

Read more: How Domino’s Loyalty Program is Paying Off

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The Denver restaurant industry operates on a very small profit margin, and a recent panel discussion led by local foodservice industry leaders offered several pieces of advice for those seeking to establish or build a restaurant business in the area. The stiff competition rewards businesses with unique or exceptional qualities, and restauranteurs are encouraged to pursue creative ideas and personal passions in developing their business models; up-to-date data collection can also help providers take advantage of emerging trends. Rising costs and a decline in foot traffic also force restaurant owners to think carefully about their locations and consider implementing online delivery services or introducing other new innovations to create a pleasing overall experience for guests.

Key Takeaways:

  • There are three environmental changes affecting the foodservice industry in Denver.
  • Leveraging data and some software platforms minimizes the risks for raising costs, and helps to better understand the audience and the competition.
  • Today foodservice is about an overall experience from food to service. It takes a good restaurant team to achieve success.

“Your restaurant is only good as its team, so take the time to hire the right people who believe in your vision and want to be there.”

Read more: http://blog.etundra.com/restaurant-trends-and-news/resilient-restaurateurs-growing-restaurant-group-ground/

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This article is about the progress that taquerias have made in recent history and identified some of the main changes that have been done in the past 20 years in order to increase customer satisfaction and pleasure. On The Border has taken steps such as carefully looking at menu items and rolling out new items periodically in order to get the best customer feedback. The Chief Marketing Officer of On The Border also believes that simplifying menus and options is the way to go.

Key Takeaways:

  • On the Boarder Mexican Grill has achieved 35 years of success by strategically planning their menus and services.
  • Smaller, temporary (seasonal) or incremental change is better than sweeping changes as it gives the company time to gauge customer response to new ideas before abandoning old offerings/services.
  • The company must continue to be “honest” an identify real areas where improvements can be made if it wants to enjoy another 35 years of success.

“We’ve seen dozens of concepts come and go – from taquerias to corner stores to food trucks and even Mexican fine dining – but it’s the warm genuine hospitality and wide variety of freshly prepared classic Mexican dishes that keeps guests coming back to OTB.”

Read more: http://www.restaurantnews.com/on-the-border-mexican-grill-cantina-celebrates-35-years-of-strategic-success/

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Malawi’s Pizza, which owns franchises in Virginia, Utah, and Texas, is on the cusp of donating its one-millionth pizza. The company’s “Journey to a Million Meals” giveback program seeks to deliver one nutrient-rich meal, made from locally sourced maize, to a child in Malawi for each meal sold in the United States. Co-founder Blake Roney and chef Kent Anderson co-developed the social enterprise concept, and research shows consumers are increasingly supporting commercial brands that support a social mission.

Read more: Malawi’s ‘Pizza with a Purpose’ Nears 1 Million Milestone

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Pret A Manger, known for its generosity to customers, is launching its new app by giving five free coffees to the first 50,000 customers who download the app. The app will allow customers explore Pret’s menu, research nutritional information, find store locations, and make payments faster by scanning barcodes at the register. The app runs on the LevelUp platform and is available for use in most of the chain’s stores. Pret is also launching a coffee stamp card, rewarding customers with a free drink for every eight they buy.

Read more: Pret A Manger Celebrating New App with Free Coffee

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Restaurant interior décor communicates brand identity but is expensive, yet owners can still find clever ways to tell their story while saving money on design. Maintaining design flexibility is one such: DC-based &pizza uses a cheap, industrial concept, which allows it to invest in wall art. Using or re-purposing reclaimed items, as Seoul Taco does, is another. For larger chains like Newk’s Eatery in Jackson, replicating the same design across many stores, rather than customizing each individually, can meaningfully cut construction costs.

Key Takeaways:

  • This article tells how to save money when furnishing an up and coming restaurant (Small Business).
  • Being able to save nearly half of the predicted cost for furnishings by buying refurbished or previously owned furnishings
  • Using the same supplier for furnishings to assure quality and looks consistently. (Same cabinets from the same buyer across each restaurant)

“From floor to ceiling, lighting to walls, and fixtures to furniture, interior design is pricy. Some restaurants, however, have found creative ways to curb those costs.”

Read more: https://www.qsrmagazine.com/finance/how-diy-design-can-curb-costs-restaurants

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One business partnership is introducing a great new idea for its productivity. There is a customer engagement solution that has helped people partner with Como. That has made the business culture much more influential over time as well. People have come to trust the business moves made by those that are involved. Look for an integrated customer engagement solution to be created for people. That can open up new profit potential for businesses now in the market.

Key Takeaways:

  • customer experience is everything to a business and that will determine who comes back
  • using technology to engage with customers will help know what their needs are
  • they have an easy to use technology that will help the businesses’ app to function better

“In an era where brand loyalty is driving revenue, Revel Systems and Como are delivering an integrated customer loyalty solution enabling businesses to create individual experiences for each and every customer.”

Read more: http://www.restaurantnews.com/revel-systems-partners-with-como-to-deliver-an-integrated-customer-engagement-solution/

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Bite Squad, a leading provider of online and mobile food ordering and delivery services, announced the completion and consolidation of 17 local restaurant delivery services. Services from Aloha2Go and Delicious Deliveries to Restaurants Express and 864ToGo will now operate under the Bite Squad name and use its technology and environmentally friendly fleet. The acquisitions are part of the company’s strategy to consolidate the food-delivery business, deliver consistent service quality, grow its national presence, and achieve scale efficiencies.

Read more: Bite Squad Completes Acquisition and Integration of 17 Restaurant Delivery Services

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