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Restaurant Resolutions in 2020

Restaurant Resolutions in 2020

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting The holiday hubbub is settling down as Part-Time workers head back to school and holiday parties are in the rearview. Hopefully, your restaurant has fared well and all of your planning to deliver record-setting performance has paid off. But now what? Quarter 1 is notoriously …

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7 Restaurateur “Must Do’s” for September

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   You may feel all alone in an empty dining room but take comfort in the fact that almost every restaurant suffers the September Slump. For the most part no matter how much you promote your business or how big a discount you offer, it really doesn’t drive people through …

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Restaurant Surcharges – Health Insurance vs. Tips

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   A few weeks ago, my wife and I ate San Francisco. A recurring line item on our checks was “EE Benefits Surcharge” or “SF Mandates” charge. My first reaction was, “hey… why do I have to pay for employee benefits…isn’t that the restaurant’s problem?” …

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6 Out of the Box Qualities that Make Great Restaurant Employees

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   If you go to the internet looking for what makes a good employee, every site will tell you basically the same thing. You should hire people who are committed, confident, reliable, positive, hardworking, team oriented and proactive. And it makes sense, who wouldn’t want those people in their business? However, …

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Sandwich Trends of the Future

Mathew Green – Director of Culinary Operations, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting I’m sure that you will agree that sandwiches are the greatest human invention of all time. Simply by putting some food in between two pieces of bread you combine seemingly unrelated ingredients into a delicious, handheld, portable meal. Since the birth of the sandwich, …

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8 Reasons Why Small “Cockpit” Kitchens Make You Money

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting Anyone who has opened a restaurant or is looking at doing so is faced with the high cost of occupancy. Whether you lease a space or purchase it outright, one way or another, 5% to 10% of your top line sales will go toward paying …

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Restaurant Marketing – Tout Your Value Not Your Brand

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting For restaurants, online brand presence is everything…and so is the food and the service and the cleanliness and the decor and the vibe and let’s not forget about the location. People are eating meals away from home more today than ever before. However as more …

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5 Things To Consider When Offering Outside Dining

Marcus Mitchell – Project Manager, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   Who doesn’t love to be outside in beautiful weather with an ice-cold drink in one hand, and a fork full of incredible food in the other? Throw in some good friends and great ambiance, what could be better? With spring now in full bloom, and …

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Delivery: Is It Right For Your Restaurant?

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   The obvious motivation for a restaurant to take on delivery service is to build sales. Third party delivery platforms like GrubHub, UberEats and EAT24 are making it possible for restaurants to add delivery that don’t typically offer it. Simultaneously, those services add competitors to …

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