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June 9, 2020

Get the word out your restaurant is OPEN for business

In addition to ensuring the well-being of guests and staff, you’ve got to let customers know you’re open and that it’s safe to dine with you.

June 9, 2020

6 ways menus may change due to coronavirus

As businesses reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants are quickly adapting menus to serve diners and protect public health.

June 5, 2020

Restaurant employment is starting to rebound from the historic losses

Although restaurants added 1.4 million jobs in May, their staffing levels remain down more than any other industry.

June 4, 2020

Association CEO emphasizes industry unity as restaurants reopen

Association’s Tom Bené says every component of the restaurant and foodservice industry will need to come together for a full recovery.

June 3, 2020

Coronavirus cybercrime can attack your restaurant system, too

Security experts advise vigilance and extra authentication to prevent cybercriminals from causing data breaches.

June 2, 2020

Ready restaurants to reopen with this kitchen equipment checklist

Foodservice equipment experts offer checklist of what to do to ensure you get your kitchen equipment operating safely when reopening.

June 2, 2020

Restaurant tech to improve business after COVID-19

Technology that reduces contact and speeds transactions will be a key part of a restaurant’s recovery toolkit.

June 2, 2020

Restaurant operators do not anticipate a rapid improvement in business

Sales, employment and capital spending levels are expected to remain dampened through the end of the year.

May 27, 2020

Restaurants take action to assure customers it’s safe to dine in

Visible safety measures and transparent communications are just two ways operators are showing their commitment to protecting guests when they return to dining in.

May 26, 2020

6 great ways to social distance your restaurant

As states reopen businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants are finding simple and clever ways to encourage social distancing.

May 22, 2020

Summer employment in restaurants is another casualty of the coronavirus

Many of the half-million seasonal restaurant jobs will not exist this summer, which will limit opportunities for first-time job seekers.

May 21, 2020

ServSafe releases new video on how to reopen restaurants safely

The 13-minute video explains how to reopen your dining room and protect customers as they start dining out again.

May 15, 2020

Restaurant sales fell to their lowest real level in over 35 years

Adjusting for inflation, consumer spending at eating and drinking places plunged to its lowest level since October 1984.

May 14, 2020

Business interruption insurance claims: what you need to know

Expecting your insurance policy to cover your COVID-19 losses? The answer may lie in the fine print, or more likely the courts.

May 13, 2020

A supply chain take on the post-COVID-19 world

What the reopening could look like, and what the industry could expect going forward.

May 12, 2020

How to market your restaurant without spending any money

Determine what you want to say, where you’re going to say it, and how you’re going to connect that message to the community around you.

May 8, 2020

Founding Farmers co-founder provides grocery-conversion playbook

Company averages about $125,000 a day in grocery sales from five units, helping it to rehire staff and keep up health coverage.

May 8, 2020

Three decades of restaurant jobs were lost during the last two months

Restaurants have lost nearly three times more jobs than any other industry since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.

May 7, 2020

Restaurants find innovative ways to promote their brands and expand online menu offerings

Operators need new revenue sources to offset sales declines from all off-premises mode.

May 5, 2020

Businesses get creative during COVID-19

Family-style meals, batch cocktails, and groceries are all helping to generate revenues in this all-off-premises restaurant market.

May 4, 2020

Mother’s Day is still an opportunity for restaurant sales

Be creative and make people happy. You’ll be rewarded when your restaurant reopens again.

May 4, 2020

Five ways to use email marketing to stay in touch with your customers

With many businesses temporarily being disrupted, email marketing is essential for letting people know you are still open for business.

May 1, 2020

7 ways to keep yourself healthy in isolation

The restaurant community must practice self-care during the pandemic, experts say.

April 30, 2020

Getting ready to reopen your restaurant? Reorganize your walk-in first

Make sure your food is all within its use-by date, labeled well, and stored in the safest order.

April 29, 2020

Next Steps: Planning for reopening

Put any extra time you have now to work so you’re set to reopen smoothly.