November 2013

Every Day's a Holiday

Gift cards do a great deal more for restaurants than pre-sell meals. The idea that “I will gladly feed you Thursday for a burger bought today” only scratches the surface.

Three-Dimensional Branding

Have you noticed? There is much visual similarity among restaurant brands. The interior environments look much alike. The exteriors are similar.

Coming to America

U.S. chains continue to expand internationally, but innovative international concepts are filling niches and gaining popularity here as well.

Alternative Financing

When Greg Seares wanted to update his 10-year-old Bodega Wine Bar in Santa Monica, California, his bank wouldn’t lend him the money to renovate.

The Sizzle of Fizzle

Craft sodas are bubblinginto restaurant beverage programs, and innovative drink masters are concocting compelling beverages that actually focus attention on non-alcoholic offerings and, in particul