Will Fine Dining Recover After COVID?

Nearly a year on from the initial wave of restrictions and closures brought about by COVID-19, a shell-shocked world continues to consider its post-pandemic prognosis. At the time of writing, based on reported numbers – COVID has directly afflicted well over 100 million people worldwide – more than a quarter of them in the United […]


The Future of the COVID-Accelerated Ghost Kitchen

Ghost kitchens were on the rise even before the pandemic shook the restaurant industry to its core. Now, every day we hear about yet another full-service restaurant going the way of the dodo and morphing into a ghost. Let’s take a look at the latest players in this field and what the industry predicts for […]


Pork: The Up-And-Coming Trending Restaurant Protein

Around the globe, pork remains the number one source of protein. But where is it on the U.S. restaurant menu? According to one study, only 17% of U.S. restaurants offer pork on the menu as an entree, and, when bacon, sausage, and pepperoni are removed, that statistic drops down to less than 7%. It seems […]


Prepackaged Meals Could be the Jolt Your Restaurant Needs

As sales dried up over the summer from local COVID-19 restrictions, restaurants had to find creative ways to maintain revenue. Many turned to third-party delivery companies like Uber Eats and Postmates. But, South Florida chef Shashank Agtey, owner of Sidewalk Kitchen Café in Ft. Lauderdale, saw a different opportunity. He began selling prepackaged meals instead. […]


How the House’s Proposed $15 Minimum Wage and Tip Credit Elimination Will Affect Restaurants

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reported on February 11, 2021, that the $15 federal minimum wage hike will be heading to the Senate, nestled in the next coronavirus aid package. During the weekly briefing, Pelosi told reporters, “We’re very proud of that. As I’ve said, 27 million people will get a raise, 70% of them women.” […]


Chipotle’s Digital Sales Grow Over 177% in Q4

While the rest of us mere mortals in the restaurant industry try to survive despite a seemingly never-ending pandemic, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. seems to be on fire. Much of their success can be attributed to their innovations in the digital space. Let’s take a look at how this Mexican grill mega-chain emerged from an […]


Restaurant Spending is Up, But Recovery is Still Far Away

With vaccine distribution in high gear and Valentine’s Day fast approaching, customers across the country are returning to their favorite restaurants. It’s a good sign for restauranteurs who’ve had to endure nearly a year of skeletal operations. But, the industry still has a long way to go before it recovers, even as additional relief looms […]


The Risk of Spending Marketing Dollars Without Measuring the Return on Investment

A restaurant’s marketing budget often falls into the range of 2%-6% of sales. Some come in under this percentage, describing tight margins as the reason for their underinvestment. More important than the percentage of sales, the key metric marketers look at is the return on investment (ROI). If a restaurant’s ROI is positive, you’re headed […]


This Egg Helps Explain the Growth of Plant-Based Foods in the US

By inking a deal to sell its plant-based egg patty in over 500 locations of China’s most popular quick-service restaurant, Eat Just, a San Francisco-based vegan food startup, signaled to all US restaurants that plant-based and healthy food options are a must-have for future restaurants. JUST Egg, the company’s foldable plant-based egg product, will appear […]


Helping Employees Find Financial Security after COVID-19

As a part of the company’s $200 million Main Street Pledge, DoorDash launched a one-of-its-kind banking solutions platform for its delivery drivers that represents a new way for businesses to support their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Known as DasherDirect, the platform offers drivers no-fee daily deposits of their DoorDash earnings, convenient digital banking functionality, […]