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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 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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Mergers and Acquisitions are for Independent Restaurants Too

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting M&A activity in large public chain concepts is well documented and thriving. In fact, Atlanta-based Roark Capital / Inspire Brands acquired their way to the 2nd largest restaurant company in the US. Indeed, M&A activity has grown at a 9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) …

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Evolving Technology’s Impact on Menu Development & the Surprising Benefits

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting       Technology has made many changes in the restaurant industry. One of these changes involves how we create and edit menus. Using technology such as tablets and software for menus is convenient both for restaurants and customers. They also make it easier for customers to …

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An Emerging Hybrid Restaurant Solution For Challenging Times

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting       The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many industries, especially restaurants. As lockdown rules keep changing, many restaurants are unable to stay open. Others are forced to switch their model to only takeout and delivery. If you have a restaurant, you might want to …

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What You Should Not Be Delivering: 5 Common Delivery Mistakes to Avoid

Whether you have been doing delivery since you opened, or you have recently launched a delivery program due to a global pandemic, there are five incredibly common mistakes we see restaurateurs making. Selling food that does not travel well. When your chef puts up a plate in the kitchen, you know that food will be …

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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?” It …

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