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7 Key Aspects of the New Kitchen

As we reflect on 2020, we can all agree that this year brought several challenges and required learning new adaptation skills previously unthinkable, especially for the restaurant & foodservice...


How to get True ROI on Your Outdoor Dining Spaces – Part 2

By Steve Starr, principal, starrdesignIn Part One of this series we tasked restaurant operators to answer several questions about their outdoor dining space. This was done to get operators thinking...


How to get True ROI on Your Outdoor Dining Spaces

We started researching this topic long before the COVID-19 pandemic to quantify the return on our clients’ investment for outdoor dining spaces. Many of our clients were investing significantly into...


12 Chef-Inspired Recipes To Shake Up Your Quarantine Dining

Tired of making the same few things from your pantry-friendly foods? Even restaurant industry foodies feel like they’re running out of unique ideas to cook for themselves and their families while...


1 Problem, 3 Solutions: A Restauranteur's Guide to Selection & Procurement

As product options and providers increase across the globe, narrowing down restaurant furniture can be difficult. Procurement can be even more difficult, particularly as globalization continues to...


Post Covid-19: The Pros and Cons of Location Takeovers

As the novel coronavirus continues to derail restaurants’ plans for 2020, owners and operators may be beginning to contemplate what is in store for their future. Inevitably, some will fail. Others,...


Cleanliness in the Restaurant: Reality & Perception

Just because dine-in business is on hold doesn’t mean your restaurant’s future has to be. Now is the time to get ahead and make sure you are equipped to adequately address what customers will likely...


Cleaning in Progress

Foodservice Cleaning and Hygiene in the Age of covid-19

"When we look at a typical food service establishment, there are three distinct areas to address: front of house, back of house and restrooms." Cleaning your restaurant and keeping it clean is not...


1 problem, 3 solutions: launching a takeout & delivery system

Getting creative in the restaurant industry doesn’t just put you ahead now. It keeps your restaurant alive. With the restrictions on dine-in services across the globe brought by the COVID-19...


COVID-19 Resources

Restrictions on restaurants and large gatherings due to COVID-19 have swept the nation with lay-offs, particularly within the restaurant, hospitality and service industries. Many restaurants have had...


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