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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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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 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 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 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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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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6 Out of the Box Qualities that Make Great Restaurant Employees

Michael Maxwell – Partner, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   If you go to the internet looking for what makes a good employee, every site will tell you basically the same thing. You should hire people who are committed, confident, reliable, positive, hardworking, team oriented and proactive. And it makes sense, who wouldn’t want those people in their business? However, …

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Sandwich Trends of the Future

Mathew Green – Director of Culinary Operations, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting I’m sure that you will agree that sandwiches are the greatest human invention of all time. Simply by putting some food in between two pieces of bread you combine seemingly unrelated ingredients into a delicious, handheld, portable meal. Since the birth of the sandwich, …

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