Hospitality Consulting

5 Things Real Estate Developers Should Know About Leasing to Restaurants

Over the years we’ve helped many restaurants and landlords work with each other and have seen ugliness on both sides. We’re often baffled at the lack of empathy each side can have for one another. For instance, Landlords have a mortgage to pay. When tenants seek rent abatement because they’re not profitable or they are starting …

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Restaurant Fiscal Calendars – The Silver Bullet

One of the biggest problems we find when we’re trying to help struggling restaurants is that they can’t really “see” their business. Their managers work hard, often 70 to 80 hours per week. They enact policies to cut staff when its slow or they endlessly pursue cheaper ingredients and/or portion control, but efficiency often proves …

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Restaurant Gig Labor – A Solution to the Great Resignation

Every day, local and national news agencies report on the state of the labor market. Governments anchor their discussion on unemployment rate, citing moving average trends or comparing today to a year ago. Business owners lament generational work ethic variances. Progressives blame a lack of career advancement opportunities while Conservatives blame liberal child rearing strategies …

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The Great Restaurant Labor Shortage…Will Be Over Shortly

The service to customer-expectation cycle has been spiraling down for decades. When service goes down, customer expectations go down with it…then service-offered achieves a new low and is met again with a new lower bar to clear.  Each generation blames the next for their sloth, self-loathing, and stunted ambition. I was born in the mid-sixties …

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6 Pillars of Restaurant Ambience Management

When you think of ambience in a restaurant, or anywhere for that matter, you often consider things like music, lighting, temperature, smells, materials, and acoustics. Those are certainly components of great ambience (which, by the way, I learned can be spelled ambience or ambiance).  But in our series discussing a restaurants “LAMA” (lights, atmosphere, music, …

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Where to Invest Your Money in Restaurants – Post-COVID

The tea leaves have settled and it’s time to read them: The Pandemic has provided a Petri dish in which to test third party delivery services like Grubhub, DoorDash, and Post Mates… and the verdict is in. According to Fortune Magazine, most (71%) of consumers prefer to order and pickup their takeout food from the …

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Restaurant Business Plan: A Comprehensive Guide to Attract the Investors You Need

Mike Krebs – Project Manager, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   In plain and simple terms, a restaurant business plan is a written document that outlines your restaurant’s goals and the means of achieving those goals while defeating potential challenges. It describes the nature of your business, background information, financial projections, and organizational techniques to govern …

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Holiday Pop-Up Bar

Upgrade Your Bar into A Handcrafted Holiday Pop-Up Bar

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting     Pop-up themed events are a popular concept around holidays that tap into people’s love of celebrating and enjoying drinks in a festive atmosphere. Pop-up bars and restaurants have sprung up all over the U.S. in the last few years. But Christmas-themed pop-up bars featuring over …

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A Restaurant Consulting Firm Can Help Both Landlords and Their Tenants

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting Despite the troubles the global food industry is facing, restaurant tenants still have to pay rent. An NYC Hospitality Alliance Survey revealed that seventy-one percent of landlords would not waive portions of rent and that ninety percent of them would not formally renegotiate leases. Although …

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