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The Best Blogs to Read as a Restaurant Owner
September 14, 2018
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The Best Blogs to Read as a Restaurant Owner

To run a successful restaurant, it’s pivotal that you stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends. Unfortunately, your role is likely extremely busy; from managing employees to purchasing inventory to providing customer service, you probably don’t have a lot of down time. Luckily, there are numerous restaurant blogs that compile information that you can utilize while running your establishment. Whether you need help with restaurant marketing or hiring the right service staff, you should check out this helpful list of restaurant blogs!

Top 5 Restaurant Blogs:

1. Toast Restaurant Blog

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About the Blog:

With over 1.5 million visits per year, the Toast Restaurant Blog is one of the leading resources for restaurant professionals on the web. We create bite-sized content intended for restaurateurs to inspire, inform, and indulge in. We cover everything from restaurant technology, restaurant marketing, menu management, new food trends, and more, and often interview successful restaurant owners to learn from their tactics.

One Tip That Every Restaurant Owner Should Know:  

Don’t let your restaurant sit on its laurels. Continue to test new technology, cooking methods, marketing tactics, and even new ways to operate your business to create the best culture and food. Always communicate why you opened your restaurant in the first place, so that you can keep the dream alive in your employees.

– The Team’s Favorite Post on Their Site:

Given the continued staffing struggle in American restaurants, this post received more than 100,000 views in less than 10 days. This blog is a perfect example of the posts you’ll see on the Toast Blog – insightful, actionable, and honest content.

2. Modern Restaurant Management

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About the Blog:

Modern Restaurant Management (MRM) magazine is a go-to resource for on-the-go restaurant-industry professionals. Focused on all aspects of restaurant management news —the business of eating— the online magazine posts news items daily, incorporates profiles, trends, and expert advice to offer valuable content to this niche.

One Tip That Every Restaurant Owner Should Know: 

The basics need to be emphasized time and again: you must go into this or any business because you love it and expect that it’ll be hard work. If you love it, it won’t feel like work.

– The Team’s Favorite Post on Their Site:

It’s hard to pinpoint one post as a favorite, but the launch of our research roundup articles is something that defines us. It started as a fluke; an “aha moment” idea to compile a lot of research information I receive.  The column has grown in popularity, and industry insiders now provide us with unique research.

3. Running Restaurants

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About the Blog

Covering a wide range of topics such as marketing, operations, service, people, and tech, RunningRestaurants.com is all about giving independent restaurant operators the tips, tools and techniques they need to be more profitable and successful.

One Tip That Every Restaurant Owner Should Know: 

The restaurant business is an industry of a thousand details. Love (and pay attention to) all those details, and you’ll be successful.

– The Team’s Favorite Post on Their Site:

This post, titled One Foot From Disaster: A Restaurateur’s Origin Story. Every operator has a story, and most can tell a tale of when their business was on the brink.  This long-form interview uncovers the journey of a restaurateur while bringing forth so many important lessons on operating a successful restaurant.

4. Fast Casual

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About the Blog:

Fast Casual’s mission is to help fast casual restaurant executives operate profitably and deliver outstanding customer experiences. The site reports on news, events, trends and people in the $23.5 billion restaurant industry; we cover all the latest innovations in topics such as food and beverage, restaurant technology and equipment, operations management, food safety, franchising, sustainability, staffing, and numerous other industry-related subjects.

One Tip That Every Restaurant Owner Should Know: 

Most industry publications are small and have more brands to cover than they can often handle. To ensure your news and stories get picked up, always make it easy for editors and reporters to find and work with your brand. Include a press contact or section on your website, for example, and keep in mind that the best press releases are short and sweet, contain interesting quotes from leaders and always include photos.

– The Team’s Favorite Post on Their Site:

John Pepper, CEO of Boloco, reveals the good, the bad and the super ugly parts of trying to make it in the restaurant world. He holds nothing back, sharing financial information along with what he’s learned from his mistakes. The follow up to this blog and can be found here.

5. Buzztime

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About the Blog

Buzztime specializes in guest-facing entertainment and technology. For over three decades, the platform has helped thousands of bars and restaurants boost guest satisfaction and do bette business. The Buzztime blog is an extension of that mission. Just like their signature trivia network, the Buzztime blog is informative, timely, and interesting. From articles to whitepapers, webinars to quizzes, new content is uploaded every few days.

 One Tip That Every Restaurant Owner Should Know

There is a science to upselling! Every manager should read up on proven upselling strategies, then train their team and engineer their menu accordingly. For example, a University of Illinois study found that vividly describing and naming dishes can increase sales up to 27 percent. When done correctly, upselling isn’t pushy – it’s all about catering to customer needs.

The Team’s Favorite Post on Their Site

The Buzztime team is always seeking fresh and fun ways to support restaurant owners and managers. Recently, they put together a restaurant name generator with nearly 1.4 million possible combinations. The restaurant name generator is free and easy to use; it’s an essential tool for anyone trying to find that perfect name.

Do you read any other restaurant blogs? Tell us about them in the comment section below.

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