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New restaurant equipment and back-of-the-house technology

Should you let guests in before opening time?

No diner wants to be left out in the cold, even if they're early. Advice Guy offers some solutions.


Starbucks launches 1st high-end Reserve store

The chain plans to open up to 1,000 of the upscale units, which serve liqueur and Italian baked goods.

There are ways to get information from a guest without seeming creepy, Advice Guy says.

Casual-dining veteran and Houlihan's CEO Mike Archer spoke with Restaurant Business on what changes he’s brought in—and still plans to make—that should keep competitors on their toes, from bar revamps to delivery service. There are even a few lessons from Houlihan’s that others pushing to modernize can learn.

Vigilante puts a food-forward spin on board games.

A one-of-a-kind unit capitalizes on Colorado’s looser liquor laws.

Enforcing proper food safety procedures is crucial to the wellbeing of your customers; however, keeping employees safe in the workplace is equally essential. A variety of new products can help make the restaurant environment a little safer. We zero in on a few of them.

To paraphrase the Gershwins, “You say panini, I say panino...” Technically, if you’re making just one of these popular Italian-style grilled sandwiches, it’s a panino; more than one, it’s panini. No matter what you call them, you need a dedicated grill to make a panino or panini the right way.

Apple Pay. Tap-and-Go. PayPal. EMV. In the ever-evolving world of payment, restaurants are being forced to reevaluate their POS systems and potentially spend large sums to upgrade with the times.

A special task force is tackling such duties as negotiating third-party deals systemwide.

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