February 6, 2019
Fresh Produce Foodservice Distributor

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Foodservice Distributor

Running a successful restaurant is hard, and choosing a foodservice distributor isn’t a decision you should take lightly. Here’s what you need to consider before signing any supplier contracts. Price Restaurants need to make money and finding the right price point is incredibly important when choosing a wholesale foodservice distributor. […]
January 24, 2019

A Beginner’s Guide to Marketing Your Restaurant With Coupons

When you think of restaurant marketing, coupons might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but if used thoughtfully, coupons and special offers can be a great marketing strategy to help promote your restaurant. Here’s what you need to know about coupon marketing. When Should You Use Coupon […]
January 14, 2019
line cook

3 Important Reasons to Cross-Train Your Restaurant Staff

Turnover is a major problem for restaurant managers. According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual turnover rate in the restaurant industry is 73%. That’s a startling statistic especially when you think about how difficult it can be to fill those positions when staff quits. One of the ways […]
January 9, 2019
Mushrooms

5 Food Trends to Watch in 2019

Being successful in the restaurant business means keeping up with the latest food trends. It’s just not enough to serve quality food at competitive pricing. Staying relevant requires updating your menu to include ingredients that are trendy and popular with diners. By making this effort, you’ll draw new customers and […]
December 20, 2018

Updates From The 2018 Legislative Session

2018 General Election Recap After the results of this year’s General Election, 2019 has the potential to be a challenging year for the business community in Oregon. Governor Kate Brown (D) beat her opponent, State Representative and physician Knute Beuhler (R), giving her the opportunity to serve four more years […]
December 6, 2018
Secret menu burger

The Secret To Making A Secret Menu Work

Secret menus are all over Portland. Dutch Bros has one. Pip’s Original Donuts has one. Kenny and Zukes Delicatessen has one. And, here’s why you should have one: No news spreads faster than a secret. People love sharing a good secret with their friends and everyone loves feeling like they […]
November 26, 2018
menu engineering

Proven Menu Engineering Tips to Raise Profits Without Raising Prices

Did you know that the placement of items on your menu has an impact on how frequently they are chosen by your customers? With a few changes to your menu design, you can get customers to purchase what you want them to purchase and increase your profits without raising prices. […]
September 18, 2018
happy hour

How to Grow Your Profits with a Happy Hour and Late-Night Menu

Even for successful restaurants in Portland, filling tables in the late afternoon, early evening, and from nine to close can be a real challenge. The key to building your business during those hours is understanding what your customers are seeking. According to the National Restaurant Association, 77% of adults say […]
September 7, 2018
fast casual chef

5 Shortcuts to Help You Put the “Fast” in Fast-Casual

Fast-casual diners demand high-quality food fast and with so much competition in the market segment, it’s critical to keep wait time to a minimum so that your customers keep coming back. Use these shortcuts to cut down on kitchen time and get food out faster. Buy peeled garlic. Garlic is […]
July 17, 2018
restaurant delivery

Not Offering Delivery? Here are 3 Food Delivery Statistics That Might Change Your Mind

For many years, delivery has been synonymous with pizza. That’s not the case anymore. With the increase in demand over the last 10 years for more delievery options, restaurants around the country have been entering the delivery market at an incredible rate. Third-party food delivery services like GrubHub, Postmates, and […]