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The slow times echo a familiar story for many restaurants. But the solutions don’t lie only in discounting, and they needn’t be high-tech.

A beautiful, inviting exterior invites customers inside. Just don’t get hosed by the upkeep. Here's how to prune landscaping costs.

Valet parking services may be a must for some guests. Learn how to keep costs under control.

With bans on plastic bags and polystyrene containers sweeping the country, we've looked at eco-friendly packaging options for restaurant operators.

How outsourcing tweets and posts stacks up against doing it yourself.

The burgeoning world of mobile has been on a slow collision course with the restaurant industry. But it may be time to speed things up.

The humble online blog has been a staple of many restaurants’ websites for years, so much so that the format has started to look a little stale. Tumblr is a blog site, but it’s a bit different than its elders. You can post photos, text and videos like with any other blog platform, but it also has a secret weapon that is catching the attention of restaurant operators: community. On Tumblr, no blog is an island.

A restaurant manager in Chicago rewrote his entire menu in an hour based on what was selling well. A restaurant in Dallas knows which servers need help with wine knowledge. This all happened because of big data.

The humble online blog has been a staple of many restaurants' web presence for years, so much so that the format has started to look a little stale. Tumblr is a blog site, but it's a bit different than its elders.

Ruby Tuesday’s narrowly-averted cheese-biscuit apocalypse demonstrates how social media’s role is evolving from marketing to operations.

Ruby Tuesday’s narrowly averted cheese-biscuit apocalypse demonstrates how social media’s role is evolving from marketing to operations. The chain has spent several years working through a major brand refresh, migrating from a down-home bar-and-grill to a more upscale-casual concept. To that end, the company decided to phase out the free cheddar biscuits given to diners, testing the new program in one area where the biscuits went AWOL. The reaction was telling: customers had a fit, sharing their displeasure through social media.

You’ve already gotten a taste of our list of 50 great social media tips and tactics. Now it’s time for the main course.