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The Smart Foodservice® Blog


Should You Update Your Restaurant Menu?

January 18, 2020

The success of every restaurant, from mom-and-pop eateries, to chef-driven bistros, depends on its dynamic menu. Edgy concepts, inviting decor, and a prime location are all crucial components to creating a lasting impression. However, it’s the menu that ultimately keeps clients coming back for more. Want to entice more customers and keep food costs in check? Consider updating your menu.

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5 Quick Ways to Get Reviews for Your New Restaurant

January 17, 2020

Did you know that 90 percent of people research a restaurant online before making the decision to dine there? That’s more than any other business type. For new restaurants it’s crucial to start gathering online reviews fast to build up a client base. How do you stand out in the online crowd? Check out these five creative marketing ideas for your new restaurant. 

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How Much Do Food & Cleaning Supplies Cost a Family of Six?

January 16, 2020

Average food and cleaning supply costs for a family of six vary depending on geographical location and the age of children in the home. Want to know the average cost of cleaning supplies and groceries for your large family? Looking for tips to help keep food and cleaning costs in check? Our wholesale food suppliers share important details and how shopping in bulk can help. 

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How to Survive Your Restaurant’s First Year of Business

December 20, 2019

Your first year in the restaurant business can be an exciting and stressful time for new owners. How do you keep your restaurant dream alive and avoid the pitfalls some new businesses make? Setting some realistic goals and being open to change can help ensure growth and prosperity.

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5 Ways to Keep Food Safe at Home

December 20, 2019

Each year millions of people get sick from foodborne diseases. In many cases, these illnesses could have been prevented through proper food handling and storage techniques. Below our restaurant food suppliers share five food safety best practices for home cooks.

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What Licenses & Permits Do You Need for a New Restaurant?

December 19, 2019

Opening a new restaurant is no small feat. You’ve poured your heart and soul into the perfect concept and created a delectable menu. However, before you even open your doors, there is the painstaking process of procuring all your licenses and permits. Permit and licensing requirements and fees vary by city, county and state, but there are some things every new restaurant needs to operate.

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How to Stop Food Contamination in Commercial Kitchens

December 19, 2019

Food safety is serious business in the culinary world. It’s imperative that restaurant professionals ensure employees take all necessary precautions to prevent food contamination in the kitchen and dining room. Read on to learn more about food handling and safety protocols to keep your staff and customers out of harm’s way.

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5 Unique Marketing Tips for New Restaurant Owners

December 10, 2019

With new restaurants popping up every day, it’s now more important than ever for restaurateurs to market themselves creatively in order to build a loyal client base and increase revenue. So, how do you stay competitive within the culinary world? By branding your business as a must-visit restaurant that uses inventive ways to attract customers and food journalists. 

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How to Choose a New Restaurant Supplier for High-Quality Produce

December 4, 2019

If you own an established restaurant, you may have been working with your food wholesaler for many years. Is it time for a change?

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9 Healthy Foods You Should Buy at a Wholesale Food Store

December 3, 2019

Wholesale food stores aren’t just for restaurateurs and catering companies. Any home cook can easily stock up on nutritious ingredients for a community event or even their personal pantry. Looking for the best wholesome food finds at your local restaurant supply store? Check out our top nine food item recommendations to create nourishing, delicious meals. 

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