Blue Orbit Hospitality Consulting

Menu Engineering

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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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?” It …

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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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