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How to Design a Menu: Proven Restaurant Menu Design Ideas

Whether they read it online or after being seated, your menu is often a guests’ first impression of your restaurant. As a restaurant owner or executive chef, you can’t sit down with every customer to make suggestions, but the design of your menu can do a lot of that work […]
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4 Ways Local Restaurants Can Compete with Chain Restaurants

Competing with chain restaurants has always been a struggle, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it even harder for local, independent restaurants to compete with chain restaurant behemoths. But that doesn’t mean all mom-and-pop restaurants are doomed to fail. In fact, the best way to fight chain restaurants isn’t to […]
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Restaurant Delivery Services: In-House Vs. Third-Party Delivery Services

According to Upserve, online ordering and delivery have grown 300% faster than dine-in traffic since 2014. And the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased this growth. If your restaurant is considering moving to food delivery, you’ll need to decide whether you’ll build your own in-house delivery fleet, utilize third-party services, or […]
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How to Attract Customers to My Restaurant Through Email Marketing

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the landscape of the restaurant industry, restaurant marketing is more important than ever. In today’s blog, we discuss how to attract customers to your restaurant through email marketing. What is Email Marketing? Email marketing is any direct marketing effort that uses email to […]
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Online Ordering for Restaurants: In-House Vs. Third-Party

Back in October 2019, a survey from the National Restaurant Association showed that off-premise orders (i.e. drive-thru, takeout, and delivery) made up nearly 60% of restaurant business. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has driven these numbers even higher, making it functionally impossible for restaurants to survive without developing strong takeout […]
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How to Create a Profitable Restaurant Patio

According to Google Trends, in the months since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there has been a huge increase in the amount of people searching for “restaurants with outdoor seating near me.” While restaurant patios have always had the potential to grow your restaurant business, outdoor restaurant seating, in addition to […]
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What are the Best Appetizers to Serve During Happy Hour?

For many people, happy hour calls to mind elaborate cocktails and discounted beer and wine options, but appetizers are an equally important part of the happy hour experience. As restaurants continue to reopen for dine-in, it’s the perfect time to rethink your happy hour food menu. In today’s blog, we […]
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How to Reduce Labor Costs in a Restaurant

At McDonald Wholesale, we understand that running a successful restaurant can be difficult. From rising food costs and high overhead costs to the unique challenges of the coronavirus epidemic, it’s becoming tougher and tougher to make ends meet in the restaurant industry. In today’s blog, we provide tips for how […]
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The Best Brewery Events & Promotion Ideas to Increase Sales

Restaurants and breweries across the country are struggling as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That said, innovation and promotion is key to survival, and if you’re a brewery looking for creative ways to grow your customer base during and after the threat of the coronavirus is over, you’ll […]
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Restaurant Management Post-COVID-19: Industry Changes to Consider

After weeks of closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurant dining rooms across the country are beginning to reopen. While the details of reopening rely heavily on state and local mandates, at some point in the future, these safety restrictions will be lifted, and restaurants will attempt to return to […]