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Opening A New Restaurant…NOW?!?

It’s the end of the 2020 Summer and COVID-19 is still running wild. Elections are on the horizon and, regardless of your political bent, moving left or right carries downsides that don’t quite feel great for the country as a whole. The only constant is uncertainty and restaurants continue to suffer mercilessly with no end in sight until a vaccine is imminent (no easy or automatic task) or herd immunity runs its course. So why on earth would it be a great time to START a restaurant?

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How to Reopen Your Restaurant – Safely and Profitably

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting As states begin to allow businesses to reopen, most in 3 phases of lessening restrictions, all restaurant owners are scrambling to decide what to do. Questions like “can I afford to reopen my dining room with only 10% capacity”, “when will we go to phase 2 and …

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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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Staying Sane While You Wait

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting In my last blog, I outlined a step by step process for preparing to reopen your restaurants. Getting a handle on your finances, applying for aid and re-engineering your business to be bulletproof are all important tasks that need to get done, but it looks like that …

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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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7 Restaurateur “Must Do’s” for September

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   You may feel all alone in an empty dining room but take comfort in the fact that almost every restaurant suffers the September Slump. For the most part no matter how much you promote your business or how big a discount you offer, it really doesn’t drive people through …

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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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Restaurant Marketing – Tout Your Value Not Your Brand

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting For restaurants, online brand presence is everything…and so is the food and the service and the cleanliness and the decor and the vibe and let’s not forget about the location. People are eating meals away from home more today than ever before. However as more …

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Choose Ingredients Wisely to Reduce Food Waste

Mathew Green – Director of Culinary Operations, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   The USDA estimates that more than 30% of all food is wasted in the US. Much of that happens in the production and distribution phases but still, the last few years have seen a huge trend in big name chefs tackling the problem …

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