You may have heard about a problem with pre-populating Section 1 of the Form I-9 — ignore it! There seems to be some confusion among our esteemed policy-making agencies about the issue of whether it is legal or not legal to pre-populate Section 1 of the Form I-9:   Immigration Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) and U.S. … Continue reading Restaurant HR: How to Handle the I-9 Form

  Spicy foods are not a turnoff for American diners, in fact, they crave flavorful foods! New research states that 54% of consumers prefer hot or spicy flavors and sauces. Given that this statistic has increased by 8% since 2009, we are predicting this trend is hot (no pun intended)!   Synergy Restaurant Consultants founder … Continue reading Trend Alert: Flavor Drives Restaurant Traffic

15 November

  Did you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month? Individuals suffering from diabetes not only have to consider the amount of sugar that goes into each meal they eat, but also how much carbohydrates there are. Being that there are nearly 25 million diabetics in the U.S., it makes it ever-more important that restaurants … Continue reading Quick, Easy Menu Makeover: Low-Carb Sides

  With over 25 years of hospitality consulting experience, there are certain facts we have learned about the restaurant business. It’s commonly understood that food costs and pricing strategies can make or break a restaurant. However, you may find it surprising that many independent restaurants are actually undercharging for their products. The following data can … Continue reading Are You Undercharging At Your Restaurant?

    Southeast Asian flavors and cuisines are becoming mainstream in the United States. Foods such as kimchi, bibimbap, and pho, are no longer foreign concepts and are now commonly found on restaurant menus. Additionally, many restaurants are putting Asian spins on familiar offerings.   According to, this increase in popularity stems from three … Continue reading Trend Alert: Asian Flavors

  As simple as employees snacking during shifts or as extreme as stealing cases of food right off of the delivery truck, theft has always been an issue for restaurant owners.  No matter the severity, these costs add up and hurt your bottom line and profitability.  By implementing simple safeguards, you can protect your operation … Continue reading Brilliant with the Basics – Improve your Bottom Line by Preventing Theft

Greetings! The creativity of our friends and colleagues in the restaurant industry continues to amaze and delight—every time we think that there can’t be anything else new or trending, we hear about a miso-maple doughnut or an innovative use for familiar technology. Two of our stories this month nod to this constant ability for the … Continue reading October 2013 Newsletter

In April, the IRS announced it’s looking at new ways to utilize technology to increase restaurant tip reporting.  This could include updating the voluntary tip-compliance agreements the agency currently offers restaurant companies, such as the TRAC (Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment) and TRDA (Tip Rate Determination Agreement).   Falling under the IRS responsibility of ‘Enforcement’, this measure is to ensure … Continue reading Restaurant Tip Reporting- It’s the Law!

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