Restaurant Trends

A Day in the Life of Denver’s Donation-Based S.A.M.E. Cafe

S.A.M.E. Cafe in Denver

“I just want to hug you”, the woman said. She was a regular at S.A.M.E. Cafe and had been coming in for months. As Libby was preparing to close up shop, she walked around the counter and gave her customer a hug. The woman started crying, which made Libby cry. “Why are we crying?” Libby asked. “Today was the first day I was able to pay for my meal”, said the woman who had been coming to the cafe for a while. She had just landed ...

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How to Start an Organic Restaurant

Posted on June 2, 2014
organic restaurant

There are boundless reasons to start an organic restaurant in these eco-friendly times. Perhaps you value the concept of naturally-grown greens and hormone-free animal products. Maybe you find importance in spreading wellness and good health. Or perhaps you've finally realized that people will pay through the nose for organic products and want a piece of that sweet, sweet pie. Regardless of the reason, with social and political attention tuned to organic eating, now is as good a time as any to make your dream a reality.

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Restaurant Trends that Stuck in 2013

Posted on November 5, 2013
caramel sauce cheesecake

Here’s a quick list of things that stick: Glue. Scotch tape. Melted cheese. Certain Chris Brown songs. And last, but not least, some restaurant trends. For a restaurant trend to go from a fad to a staple, it needs a lot of support and nourishment from consumers everywhere. Here are a few restaurant trends that stuck in 2013. Barrel Aged Cocktails Though the idea didn’t migrate from London until 2010, barrel aged cocktails made a ...

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Creative Restaurant Apps From Krispy Kreme and More

Posted on August 26, 2013
Krispy Kreme

Mobile marketing! Unless you’re running the neighborhood Luddite hangout you’ll do well to embrace it, or get consumed in its mechanized wake of destruction. Many restaurants have done well for themselves by rolling out mobile apps for online ordering, payment, and pickup coordination as well as location-based promotions and loyalty rewards. However, some restaurants have gone above and beyond the call of duty when creating mobile ...

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The Pros and Cons of a Rapidly Changing Menu


More and more, restaurants across the nation are embracing the concept of a rapidly changing menu. This could mean changing your menu every month, every week, or if you're really ambitious: every single day. Bored chefs from Mankato to Timbuktu are scratching their chins thoughtfully and wondering, "Could this be the right move for me? Can I really toss my menu out the door whenever I want? Experiment with new recipes and flavors? Live ...

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