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The 11 worst restaurant-related ideas of 2012... so far

We’ve seen a lot of great ideas so far this year: McDonald’s idea to ban gestation crates. Chefs organizing against fracking. A restaurant security guard using a sword to hold back a robber!

Consumer Trends

Getting social

Communal tables and shareable small plates may have spawned the social dining trend, but today’s customers want more. Gen Y—aka the Millennials—are leading the charge. And they spend a lot more of their disposable income on dining out than other generations.

Here is a brief summary of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it impacts restaurants specifically. Several resource links are also included to help restaurants comply.

Citrus is a bright spot on menus during the colder days of winter. Grapefruit is now being featured in sweet and savory dishes as well as seasonal cocktails. Chefs are capitalizing on the sweet and sour notes of the ruby red fruit to add fresh flavor.

The holiday season offers many opportunities for fun, goodwill and lots of business. But behind the glamour of hospitality, there needs to be some basics to keep things running smoothly.

Many restaurants ramp up their meatless options during Lent to cater to observant Christian customers who give up meat for 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Right now, Lenten menus are in full operation at these places, among others.

Transitioning from a small group of restaurants into a national chain is no short order.

When it came to developing a summer LTO for Little Greek, the 14-unit Tampa, Florida-based franchisor, president Nick Vojnovic thought “shrimp.” “It’s healthy, quick-cooking and few of our competitors offer shrimp,” he notes.

Jalapeño Bacon from Hormel’s authentically flavored Café H line starts the morning off with a peppery kick. Menu it with Western omelets, huevos...

Making a quick batch of kimchi from seasonal vegetables is a daily task in the kitchens of Urban Belly, bellyQ and Belly Shack, chef-owner Bill Kim’s trio of Asian-inspired eateries in Chicago.

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