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How to Incorporate Food and Beverage into Co-Working Spaces

  Co-working space is huge in the modern economy, with an estimated 3.8 million users worldwide by 2020. These spaces provide shared office space to small businesses, freelancers, and large corporations. They tend to charge a monthly fee, have abundant wifi, tons of meeting space, and offer networking events for their members. With a low barrier …

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The Pros and Cons of Using an Online Reservation System

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   Traditionally the rule has been, upscale and fine dining restaurants take reservations and chains and casual dining do not.  Due to evolution, all humans are now born with a smart phone in their hand, so restaurant reservations automatically evolved to online apps to accommodate that new …

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What is a Food Hall, And Why Do People Love Them So Much?

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting The first time I heard the term “food hall” I replied “…um…explain…” What I got was something similar to how a parent might describe a mall food court to a seven-year-old: “A collection of small restaurants, usually on the ground floor of a building with …

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Food Trucks: The Current State of Mobile Food and Beverage

Food Trucks: The Current State of Mobile Food and Beverage

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting Originally, food trucks seemed to emerge on the scene as a way for chefs without heavy financial backing to open a small, inexpensive, mobile restaurant. Ostensibly, food trucks undermined the traditional brick-and-mortar approach to launching a restaurant business, which included heavy funding, long-term leases and …

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How Fast Casual Dining Spaces Can Use Cutting-Edge Technology

How Fast Casual Dining Spaces Can Use Cutting-Edge Technology

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting Every industry is taking advantage of cutting-edge technology in some form or fashion, and the fast casual dining space is no exception. Fast casual restaurants are uniquely positioned to benefit from incorporating consumer behavior and smartphone device detection to serve up personalized menu items. To …

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Restaurants are Saving Retail: How to Ensure Success of Food-Driven Real Estate Developments in 3 Simple Ways

Restaurants are Saving Retail: How to Ensure Success of Food-Driven Real Estate Developments in 3 Simple Ways

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting Restaurants are saving retail developments. We hear this all the time, but what does it really mean?  Let’s look at it like this. Consider some common retail tenants – maybe a mattress store, or a clothing store. People buy a new mattress every 10 years or so …

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75 Food Halls in America: The Growing Mixed-Use Real Estate Development Trend

75 Food Halls in America: The Growing Mixed-Use Real Estate Development Trend

Emily Tanner – Director of Marketing & Communications, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   While the US food hall trend may have started in New York, it’s now sweeping across America. With major food-focused real estate developments such as Eataly and chef Todd English’s Plaza Food Hall opening in New York in 2010, food halls area launching …

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Bowl Control: Balancing Portions in a New Way

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting From sit-down dining to “create your own” fast food concepts, bowls are popping up everywhere. Chipotle has been featuring bowls for quite some time now as a lighter alternative to their burrito. Instead of getting everything wrapped up in a massive flour tortilla you get …

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