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50 Great Ideas

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

50 Great Ideas

34. Viral table

When new steakhouse Boston Chops designed its layout, it included an Instagrammers table. The table, which cost $10,000 to build and outfit, includes customizable features that are controlled by the g...

50 Great Ideas

37. Discounting desserts

At the Citibank corporate cafeteria in New York City, desserts are 50% off in the late afternoon.

To be a more appealing employer, the HR team for convenience chain RaceTrac went through its rules with one question in mind: If a policy is not there to keep customers or employees safe, question it....

Punch Bowl Social has found its guests are drinking differently than in the past, often imbibing less frequently or at different occasions. In response, the chain’s beverage director, Patrick Williams...

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 ...

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.

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