28 December
Regional Pizzas

Pizza. It’s delicious and it comes in oh-so-many variations in the U.S. and all over the world. Neapolitan, deep dish, thin crust, New York style, California style—we love them all. However, we’d be remiss if we did not share with you a guide to the different U.S. regional... continue reading

26 November

Table Service at…McDonald’s?

Synergy Restaurant Consultants | Blog, restaurant trends

When you think of McDonald’s service (or any fast food restaurant service for that matter), you may envision a drive-thru window or perhaps ordering your food at the counter. Well, McDonald’s is aiming to change that image! According to Restaurant Business Online, McDonald’s... continue reading

23 June
Beverage Trends

Beverages can be a profit-minded operator’s best friend, attracting and keeping patrons and providing a high-margin source of revenues.   According to Synergy’s new beverage expert George Barton, who has spent 35 years in casual dining operations, “The beverage... continue reading

17 May

Playing with Fire

Synergy Restaurant Consultants | Blog, restaurant trends
live fire kitchen

There’s been a lot of news lately about chefs with “live-fire” restaurants—concepts that are fueled by wood-fired grills, ovens, rotisseries and more. There’s Rick Bayless in Chicago with his new Lena Brava, which will celebrate the regional cuisine of Baja and the... continue reading

15 April

Every few days, we hear of a new pop-up restaurant opening. Some for a few days or weeks, open to public, and others in secret locations for a night or two only. In taking a look at their soaring popularity, let’s consider why diners are hooked and operators continue to... continue reading

24 March

Old Homestead. The Palm. Gene & Georgetti. Lawry’s. These iconic steakhouses are still going strong, and they’re still the place to get a big steak, a side of creamed spinach, and a double dose of whiskey and dark wood paneling.   But they’re no longer the definition... continue reading

15 March

The Mediterranean is Rising

Synergy Restaurant Consultants | Blog, restaurant trends

If you’ve noticed the proliferation of Mediterranean menu concepts lately, you’re not alone.   The “Mediterranean Diet” first came into the American public consciousness in the 1990s, but it’s a lifestyle that’s been practiced around the Med Rim—in Greece,... continue reading

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