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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.

Restaurant Resolutions in 2020

Restaurant Resolutions in 2020

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting The holiday hubbub is settling down as Part-Time workers head back to school and holiday parties are in the rearview. Hopefully, your restaurant has fared well and all of your planning to deliver record-setting performance has paid off. But now what? Quarter 1 is notoriously …

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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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How Successful Restaurants Can Grow to Multiple Locations

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting There are two philosophies about growing a restaurant beyond the first unit: To create something special, get good at it, then try to do it again To create a model from the beginning that is built to grow Both have their merits and flaws. By …

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5 Tools Everyone in the Restaurant Industry Should Be Using

Mathew Green – Director of Culinary Operations, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting Operating a restaurant is not for the faint of heart. There are always 1000 things to do at the same time, and you can never take your eye off the ball. Still, there is hope! It can be a fun and very rewarding business …

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How Yelp and Other Review Sites Can Make or Break Your Restaurant Business

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   First let’s face the facts. We all search the internet to check out the restaurant scene anytime we visit a new city, or we are looking for a place for a celebration or we just want to try something new.  Put the question in your search engine …

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How to Properly Staff Your Restaurant for the Holidays

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   Let me begin by saying that staffing for the holidays is a year-round process.  Granting requested days off throughout the year and keeping your staff balanced between full and part time employees sets you up for a more flexible staff during the holidays. However, there are …

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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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