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50 Great Ideas

The top industry ideas we've spotted in the last year

50 Great Ideas

46. Early staging

Jason’s Deli has a booming catering business, and at the same time prides itself on delivering on its customers’ same-day needs. The chain can feed a group of any size in as little as 90 minutes. Its ...

50 Great Ideas

49. Giving staff a chance to stretch

To allow staff members to expand their capabilities in order to promote excitement and retention, Daniel del Olmo, CEO of Disruptive Restaurant Group, parent of Umami Burger, reassigns staffers to oth...

Desserts are on the menu at Xoco, Rick Bayless’ counter-service spot in Chicago, but customers don’t always think to order them when they order meals. Once they sit down, there’s no way to know they c...

Chefs are repurposing compost into menu items and playing off the word in the item’s name. Compesto—a pesto made from vegetable trimmings that would end up in a compost bucket, such as carrot tops and...

Many options on the events menu at The Gray, one of Kimpton Hotel’s Chicago properties, are inspired by the in-hotel restaurant, Boleo. That includes empanadas. To make it easier and more frictionless...

When there is a new concept at the University of Connecticut, the dining team creates a temporary tattoo of the logo or name.

When convenience retailer Lou Perrine’s Gas & Groceries purchased a new site, its marketing leader Anthony Perrine went live on Facebook to show fans a “before” look that will be balanced wit...

If they’re going to dine in, consumers want an experience that transcends the food. The parent company behind tech-focused CaliBurger has built a “virtual playground” for its units, allowing diners to...

As IHOP expanded more into off-premise, it ran into a problem with its signature combo meals not traveling well—so the chain created a proprietary packaging system. The result: a multitiered container...

Matt Kritzer, a Jimmy John’s franchisee in Huntsville, Ala., has gone high-tech when it comes to safety compliance. His go-to tool: a wireless thermometer that reports every minute, allowing managers ...

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