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Let’s face it: in the digital age, the hot new thing is old news in a matter of days. You can probably remember a time when young people were talking about this hot new thing called Facebook…and when the hot new thing was Twitter...

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As a restaurant owner, it’s important that you consider the needs of all people who may enter your establishment, even if a particular option is reserved for a small percentage of the population...

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Ride sharing isn’t the only smartphone app boom to disrupt an industry. The food service equivalent is app-based delivery. Those wanting to dine at home are no longer limited to pizza and General Tso’s chicken, or a takeout run. These apps make nearly any cuisine deliverable—and multiple styles for choosy group orders. So, what does this mean for local restaurants?

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American tastes have gotten increasingly adventurous. Basic time-worn dishes don’t bring in new patrons nearly as much as creative global flavors, and new twists on familiar food motivated by international cuisine. But even those searching out new flavors need to find them accessible—rather than unidentifiable. Restaurants that bridge the familiar with the exotic will be able to capitalize on a growing trend.

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Back in the day, someone’s mom said that the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. But as it turns out, the quickest way to a mom’s heart is through her stomach. Don’t  believe us? A study conducted by the National Restaurant Association showed that [link 1] 32 percent of mothers who were surveyed said they’d prefer to receive a trip to their favorite restaurant with their family on Mother’s Day. Nine percent reported that they’d prefer to receive a gift card to their favorite restaurant...

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An Argument For Aprons

4/29/2018 7:00 AM

The ever-swinging pendulum that is American popular culture has been moving towards a deconstructed, ironic hipster chic for some time now. Dirty is clean, old-fashioned is new, and people seem to find beauty in novelty, not efficiency.

 

Within the context of the restaurant industry, this is evident in the rising popularity of ghost restaurants, exposed brick walls with chalkboard menus haphazardly hung askew, and the fact that mustachioed waiters everywhere remain employed despite their propensity for eye-rolling every time a patron asks about the microbrew de jour...

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Winning over today’s customers is more challenging than ever. The competition isn’t just from neighboring stores, but from online retail, and even other types of businesses including restaurants and experience-based entertainment. For local retail stores to keep the traffic levels high, it’s important to add new tricks to the arsenal. Retailers are taking cues from other businesses, and even establishing partnerships with restaurants and high-value brands, by adding in-store attractions. And what attracts fires more and tasty food and soothing beverages? These days, when you shop, that’s exactly what you may be offered. And as a retail food store owner, offering fresh food and drinks might just be the next important service that you add to your offerings...

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Association health plans (AHPs), an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has been a topic of great interest around Washington these days. It remains to be seen whether the proposed expansion of AHPs will come to fruition, but for many small businesses within a common industry, association health plans are an attractive option that could benefit employers and employees alike. It is with that goal in mind that the National Restaurant Association has established the Restaurant & Hospitality Association (RHA) Benefit Trust, an AHP seeking to make health insurance more attainable for small restaurant businesses...

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In North America, we produce an estimated [link 1] 70 billion tons of food waste each year. That’s a lot of perfectly good grub that gets tossed out, and a significant big chunk of that figure is from restaurants.

 

But why should you care, as long as you consistently have the resources you need to keep your customers happy? It turns out your customers care about food waste. According to a survey...

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Of all the people in your life, who’s birthday do you remember? Think of the people that make-up this (assumedly) small portion of people – who are they? It most likely consists of your dearest friends and family members. Folks who know your favorite foods, desires, and well, probably your birthday. These are powerful connections you’ve made over time...

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Aprons, Smocks and Restaurant Apparel

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There’s enough stress to a day of work in a restaurant—banquets to prepare, new sauces to perfect, old menu items to make healthier, that large party of 20 in the center dining room, and a team that’s a diverse mixture of 22 immiscible personalities. Restaurant apparel shouldn’t be something that gives you any hassle. Quality aprons, smocks, chef uniforms and restaurant apparel should be something you can count on. Aprons and Smocks has just that—great products at great prices.

Aprons

The aprons sold at Aprons and Smocks are made out of durable super twill. This fabric is of a quality weight that protects your clothing, holds up to many washings, and has a clean, professional look. This is especially important for aprons that get heavy use such as bistro aprons, waist aprons, cobbler aprons, or work and tool aprons. Whatever type of apron you need—individual aprons, customized aprons, or a bulk order for your business—Aprons and Smocks has them at a great price..

Chef Uniforms

Aprons and Smocks sells a variety of chef uniforms as well as front of house and back of house apparel such as chef coats, chef shirts, chef pants, chef hats, and chef shoes. We have a wide selection of uniforms in diverse colors, sizes and style—tailored for men or women chefs. The uniforms are of high quality, durable fabric that maintains a professional look through a long day, yet washes easily. Most of our chef apparel is customizable with screen printing or embroidery.

Smocks

Aprons and Smocks also has a wide selection of smocks for artists, pharmacists, doctors, day care workers and more. Our smocks are tailored for women, men, unisex, and children, and are available in a broad range of colors, sizes and styles. Each smock is customizable with screen printing or embroidery and wholesale pricing is available if you buy in bulk.

Restaurant Apparel

The restaurant apparel from Aprons and Smocks covers all the essentials needed for your front of house and back of house staff: Accessories, Chef Caps, Restaurant Shirts, Restaurant Vests, and Restaurant Clogs and Shoes. These quality items for restaurant workers give a professional appearance, add style, and provide comfort through a long day of work. Customization and discounts on bulk orders are available.

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