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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 Configure Your Restaurant for Curbside Pickup

Unless you’ve been boycotting the steady stream of dreary news coming at us from all sides, you’ve probably heard how meal delivery services like Grubhub, Uber Eats, Door Dash, or even Postmates are struggling to turn a profit. On the delivery company’s side, their models are proving unsustainable despite the pandemic’s effect on delivery demand.

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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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 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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Delivery: Is It Right For Your Restaurant?

Ray Camillo – Founder & CEO, Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting   The obvious motivation for a restaurant to take on delivery service 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 to …

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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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