30 September

Next-Level Vegetarian Food

Synergy Restaurant Consultants | Blog, newsletters

It’s been a good long while since the words “vegetarian food” conjured up images of hippy-dippy lifestyles or the obligatory joyless vegetable plate. Offering meatless menu specialties isn’t just hospitable or the right thing to do: It’s become a strategic imperative. And lately it seems that the notion of a meatless menu option has evolved … Continue reading Next-Level Vegetarian Food

30 September

Breakfast isn’t for every restaurant brand, but where it’s appropriate the morning meal can be a significant source of sales. In fact, it’s a bright spot according to The NPD Group—breakfast was up 4% during the year ended May 2015, larger due to QSR, while other dayparts were essentially flat—leading many operators to focus on … Continue reading 20 Ideas for Building Sales with Breakfast

30 September

By Justin Braly, Synergy Restaurant Consultants Chefs in California are spoiled. We have artisan poultry farmers (Liberty Ducks), same-day seafood availability (Catalina Offshore Products) and an unrivaled bounty of produce (Chino Farm). But we also feel the effects of the immense elephant in the room: the drought. Not only will Californians have to deal with … Continue reading A Chef’s Place in the California Drought

24 September

Pumpkin Spice Everything

Synergy Restaurant Consultants | Blog, restaurant trends

It’s that season again. In the aisles of your local grocery store and on the menus of your favorite cafes, pumpkin spice-flavored treats are abound. From unique products like pumpkin pie flavored potato chips and Peeps to decadent desserts like pumpkin cheesecake and crème brulee, pumpkin-spice is everywhere. And what is the most hands-down, most popular seasonal fall-flavored treat? … Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Everything

18 September

In recent days, Chipotle has been very public about their mission to hire as many as 4,000 new employees in just one day. This massive hiring frenzy, while unrealistic for most restaurants, is a good reminder that operators must stick to best practices when it comes to the hiring process, particularly in the interview. We reached out … Continue reading 5 Things to Look for when Hiring Hourly Employees

As temperatures begin to cool down and the leaves start to change colors, we say goodbye to summer and hello to a new school year! As restaurant owners, this season presents a huge opportunity to deliver great promotions for both parents and students alike. Restaurants like Shoney’s and El Fenix offered deeply discounted or even free kid’s … Continue reading 4 Ways to Promote Your Restaurant During Back-to-School Season

You’ve heard it before: “location, location, location.” There’s truth to it: the August 2015 issue of Restaurant Business delves into this topic and finds interesting data to support the idea that location is of utmost importance when choosing a restaurant location. It was noted that tourism is a strong factor contributing to new restaurant growth, … Continue reading Opening a New Restaurant? It’s All About the Location!

11 September

LYFE Kitchen’s Exponential Growth

Synergy Restaurant Consultants | Blog, Restaurant News

We are very pleased to learn that our former client, LYFE Kitchen, is planning to open 10 more locations by the end of this year. Cofounder Mike Donahue, former McDonald’s executive, set forth to create an elevated fast-casual restaurant experience that focuses on good-for-you food that’s also delicious and perfect for meat-eaters, flexitarians, locavores, vegetarians … Continue reading LYFE Kitchen’s Exponential Growth

9 September

Almost everyday, we hear  someone talking about Uber, the massively popular ride-sharing company that makes it a breeze to catch a cab. Finding a designated driver has never been faster or easier thanks to the Uber app, and now, with UberEATS, finding a fast meal is as simple as finding a ride. Uber began its … Continue reading Mobile Ordering and Food Delivery a New Trend

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