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Can You Afford Consulting?

By January 2020 the restaurant business was getting crowded and hyper-competitive. Since about 2009, on the heels of the worst recession in most people’s memory, restaurants around the country struggled and failed. Panera Bread, Chili’s, Cheesecake Factory, Seasons 52, and Red Lobster were suspiciously still standing while higher quality mom-n-pop concepts were crushed to dust by the downturn. The sub-prime mortgage business disgusted the public.

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How to Configure Your Restaurant for Curbside Pickup

Unless you’ve been boycotting the steady stream of dreary news coming at us from all sides, you’ve probably heard how meal delivery services like Grubhub, Uber Eats, Door Dash, or even Postmates are struggling to turn a profit. On the delivery company’s side, their models are proving unsustainable despite the pandemic’s effect on delivery demand.

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

Mathew Green – Director of Culinary Operations, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting 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 …

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What Do We Do Now? Creating a PLAN to Reopen

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting In the last few weeks, I have had some very difficult conversations with a lot of restaurant owners that I consider not only clients but friends. I’ve listened to them as they have made hard decisions to close one or all of their locations, worried about their …

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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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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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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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The Seven Golden Rules of Restaurant Management

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   Rules for being a successful restaurant manager, now there’s a big topic.  Most people would probably list things like, control your costs, complete your daily checklists immediately, and balance the money at the end of the night.  Those are all tasks.  I believe being a successful …

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How to Incorporate Food and Beverage into Co-Working Spaces

Mathew Green – Director of Culinary Operations, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   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, …

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