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The Side Dish: A Restaurant Without A Website…

The Side Dish: A Restaurant Without A Website…

…is like a fork without a knife. …a chef without a sous. …a mirepoix without carrots. It’s been a regular conversation lately, at least amongst the Portland food crowd, about how surprising it is to find that a new restaurant is without a website. In this day and age, it’s not only baffling, it’s inevitably […]

June 6, 2012 | By
Analysts Predict Growth, Strong Sales for Restaurants in 2011

Analysts Predict Growth, Strong Sales for Restaurants in 2011

If indications are correct, 2011 could turn out to be a banner year for the restaurant industry. According to industry analysts, sales are expected to increase in this new year, an apparent four-year high. Research firm Technomic recently released a report predicting that total U.S. food service sales will shadow 2010 with an increase of […]

January 13, 2011 | By
Today’s Food Newsbits: The Reinvention Of The Jewish Deli; McDonald’s Names Social Media Director

Today’s Food Newsbits: The Reinvention Of The Jewish Deli; McDonald’s Names Social Media Director

This week’s New York Times has a fantastic piece on the reinvention of Jewish delis across the country, many of whom are trying to up the ante from the traditional deli by incorporating natural and organic food stuffs into the menu. Portland’s own Kenny & Zuke’s, well-known locally for their delish sandwiches and menu items, […]

April 15, 2010 | By
Tips For Implementing New Restaurant Menu Labeling Requirements

Tips For Implementing New Restaurant Menu Labeling Requirements

Despite the discussion over the many business-related implications included in the recent health care reform bill, one large component of the bill will hit the restaurant industry right in the middle of the menu. Included in the bill are regulations for restaurants to implement dish nutritional details alongside their menu listings. According to the new […]

April 1, 2010 | By
A Look at the Business of Restaurants

A Look at the Business of Restaurants

One of the most fascinating experiences I have in writing this site is the opportunity to learn how others within the food industry run their operations. From large, well-known kitchens, like those of Le Bernardin or Dahlia Lounge, to smaller kitchens like Momofuku Ko or Portland’s Scratch, I’m always interested how the wheels of each […]

January 26, 2010 | By
New York Times Lists 100 Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do

New York Times Lists 100 Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do

In case you missed it, New York Times writer Bruce Buschel posted a fantastic list last week of the 100 things restaurant staffers should never do when assisting restaurant guests. The list is a must-read for everyone in the restaurant industry, from servers to managers to even BOH folks, with most of the bullet points […]

November 9, 2009 | By
Today’s Food Newsbits: North Korea Gets First Fast Food; Yum Brands Calls For Stronger Menu Labeling

Today’s Food Newsbits: North Korea Gets First Fast Food; Yum Brands Calls For Stronger Menu Labeling

The London Telegraph reported this weekend that North Korea recently opened its first fast food establishment, following the opening of its first Italian restaurant in March. The Samtaeseong diner, which opened in Pyongyang in June, offers ‘minced beef with bread’ instead of hamburger, conforming to the country’s long standing ban on Western influences. Other menu offerings include […]

July 27, 2009 | By
Slumping Starter Sales Means Menu Reshuffle for Restaurant Operators

Slumping Starter Sales Means Menu Reshuffle for Restaurant Operators

According to a recent report by food consultant Technomic, consumers are ordering less appetizers, salads, and soups during their dining experience. In a reflection of the current dismal economic times, it seems restaurant customers are sticking with main dishes and opting out of the extras. “To justify spending on items from the left side of […]

May 28, 2009 | By
New Menu-Labeling Laws Proposed Across US

New Menu-Labeling Laws Proposed Across US

Posted by Jennifer Heigl Hot on the heels of new legislation in Multnomah County (where Portland resides), the Oregon House of Representatives recently approved a new menu-labeling bill that would affect food service operations statewide. The proposed bill, similar to ones already passed in King County, Wash., New York City, N.Y., and Philadelphia, Penn., would […]

May 19, 2009 | By
Can The Obamas Save DC-area Restaurants?

Can The Obamas Save DC-area Restaurants?

Poor Barack! Not only does he have the wishes of an entire nation on his sturdy shoulders, from gay rights to education, there seems to be quite a bit of hope that he can kickstart the local restaurant industry as well! According to a recent CNN post, restaurateurs around the nation’s capitol are hoping the […]

February 7, 2009 | By
Open Table is Open to the Public

Open Table is Open to the Public

Posted by R.K. Gella Open Table, the online reservation system utilized around the world, from New York City to Hong Kong, has announced plans to go public.  Last week the San Francisco based company filed papers to enter the ring of NASDAQ. Considering the tumultuous state of the economy and the fact that the number […]

February 3, 2009 | By
Keeping Up with the Restaurant Critics

Keeping Up with the Restaurant Critics

Posted by R.K. Gella Tracking reviews has almost become a full-time position for some restaurants.  With the emergence of amateur reviewers/critics via personal blogs, consumer-generated networks such as Yelp and the countless number on online publications, sifting for reviews can be daunting. This is why BooRah, a two-year-old restaurant search site, has begun offering “reputation […]

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