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A tutorial: What Google+ can do for restaurants

Google launched its Google+ social network platform last June and Google+ Pages in November, finally allowing restaurants and other businesses to claim their real estate and check out the view.

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Computing the outlook for restaurant tech

What’s ahead tech-wise for restaurants in 2012? Probably less of the pent-up demand they’ve borne in the years just prior, according to the National Restaurant Association.

The three hours leading into the Super Bowl is the busiest time of the year for the chain, by a blowout margin. Rob Crookston, franchisee of the Roslyn Heights store, will see business soar even in that unit, which is roughly the size of a single-car garage.

You may have seen Livebookings, Europe's largest online restaurant reservation service provider, seated next to OpenTable, their American equivalent, at the 2011 NRA Show in Chicago. That may be the last time they sit comfortably at the same table.

2011 is just around the corner. Time to start thinking about your New Year’s restaurant technology wish list. You may soon be texting bills to your customers and updating your digital menu on the fly.

The griddle—long the workhorse of interstate truck stops and fast-food burger stands—is quietly finding its way into more restaurants up and down the luxury scale.

Providing the right audio or video programming for your customers can go a long way. With the staggering number of entertainment choices available today, it’s easy to find one tailored to your operation and your budget.

Many diners now opt for a single, all-encompassing eating and entertainment experience in one locale. And bars and restaurants are stepping up to the plate, equipping their spaces with sophisticated, hi-tech entertainment systems.

Today’s high-tech software and supporting systems can streamline management functions, ensure consistency in multi-unit restaurants and improve unit level and company profits.

With so many new features out there, it's a good idea to understand what you need before you buy. Here's a guide to walk you through the process.