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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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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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Built To Last: What You Can Learn From America’s Oldest Restaurants

Mathew Green – Director of Culinary Operations, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   Many restaurants stay on a strict schedule of remodeling every 7 years to stay current and fresh. Some restaurant companies even plan to completely shut down and re-concept periodically in order to always be new. While being fresh-faced and trendy is definitely one …

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Restaurants Who Want to Start Delivery

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   It’s obvious that the reason any restaurant might want to offer delivery 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 …

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5 Key Ways to Grow Your Restaurant Business

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   We live in a world addicted to quick fixes with little emphasis on long range planning. Restaurateurs easily fall victim to people walking through the door with the next great program that will drive sales.  Whether discount coupons or home delivery services, all of these fixes cost …

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Why a Restaurant is Your Next Successful Business

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   My son is a senior in high school and is trying to decide what to major in. He has chosen Business, but he wants to narrow it down a little further to make sure the school he chooses offers his concentration. Entrepreneurship is a …

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How to Run a Family Owned Restaurant and Stay Sane

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   Let’s face it – the restaurant business is an emotional business.  Everyday you put your creation out there for everyone to evaluate, and you pray that people like it.  Pride in what you do drives strong emotions, and restaurant owners are often hurt easily and defensive. …

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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 …

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