Pop-up restaurants are thriving, literally popping up everywhere and catering to consumers who clamor for out-of-the-box, exciting, novel, and ‘different’ dining experiences. While they are currently trending in the food industry, this informal dining concept actually harkens back to the underground speakeasy clubs of the prohibition-era, followed by the popular high-end ‘supper club’ dining destinations, where the social aspect of the gathering was just as important as the food itself.
With food pre-ordering and takeout dining on the rise, the restaurant industry is enhancing its digital ordering capabilities and creating new-and-improved collection options. Convenience is the name of the game in the mobile era, and what could be more convenient for customers than ordering food directly from their phone?
Attention All Restaurateurs: If you are interested in the latest food-and-beverage news and want to stay up-to-date with what’s new in the industry, you have come to the right place. Except that what’s making headlines these days is not only what’s on the menu – rather, what’s causing quite a stir and generating a cauldron of excitement is groundbreaking restaurant technology in the form of artificial intelligence and voice ordering.
If you work in foodservice and are looking for ways to rise above the competition, invest in personalized guest experiences. One of the latest buzz words in the biz, savvy restaurant owners, catering service operators, bakery and bar owners are pulling out all the stops to customize their menus for consumers and make them feel like they matter.
Did you know that coffee is the second most sought-after product in the world after crude oil? Given the enormity of the coffee industry and the fact that each year it rakes in hundreds of billions of revenue dollars worldwide, savvy restaurant and coffee shop owners are invited to read all about the latest coffee flavors and what is in the forecast for java in 2019.
To compost or not to compost? If you manage a restaurant or operate any type of food venue, you already know that “to compost or not” is no longer the question. While composting may have once been optional, taking care of food waste is now the golden standard in the foodservice industry.
There is a new concept in the food-service industry and it’s called the “ghost restaurant.” Because there has been a recent surge in consumer preference for off-premise eating – eating at home or at the office and not in a restaurant – restaurants have started to accommodate this trend by redesigning the traditional sit-down concept to create “ghost” restaurants that focus exclusively on takeout and/or delivery.
For those of us old enough to remember the robot from the TV show Lost in Space (or young enough to still enjoy it now on syndication), wildly waving its arms to communicate, here’s a news flash: the world of robots has changed. Robots in the food industry have less to do with R2-D2 or Woody Allen’s Sleeper, than with, speed, automation, efficiency, and customer service.
Restaurant Staffing Apps
It happens to all restaurant owners: Ahead of one of the week’s busiest nights, half of your kitchen staff calls in sick, and you’re looking at a disaster. It’s too late to find replacements and you’re existing staff is stretched thin as it is. Only recently, you would have panicked, asked friends and relatives to pitch in (knowing full well that they’re inexperienced and unskilled), and kept your fingers crossed.
Offering wines on tap is one of the hottest food-and-beverage trends right now, and many restaurants and bars are expanding their wine programs with on-tap offerings in a variety of ways. Because technology is always advancing, adding wine-on-tap is a possibility for older, existing restaurants, and even more convenient for brand-new establishments.