Concept Development

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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Elevating Your Cocktail Program Above a Sea of Competition

      In dark basements, bright garden restaurants, hotel lobbies, food courts, and all spaces in between; great cocktail programs are popping up everywhere. Everyone is getting into the cocktail business, and many are becoming particularly good at it. This phenomenon is making it harder than ever to rise to the top and gain …

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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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Why Restaurants Should Outsource Management

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting The two sides of our consulting business: launching new concepts and fixing/improving existing concepts. These have given us a unique perspective on what makes restaurants successful …or not. It’s widely known, or at least surmised, that the restaurant business is risky…too risky for most. What …

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