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To keep prices low and be able to expand its model, this farm-to-table eatery will have to continue to reinvent the restaurant supply chain.

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There's Now a Crowdfunding Campaign for a Permanent Cat Café in NYC

Good news for cat lovers: a cat sanctuary and tea house is trying to open in NYC, if it can raise $65,000 in startup funds.
Flat Year for Fast-Food Is Bad News for the Restaurant Business
Franchises

Flat Year for Fast-Food Is Bad News for the Restaurant Business

While fine dining visits were up 3 percent from last year, quick-service restaurants fell flat.
Why This Bay Area Bistro Wants to Be Yelp
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Why This Bay Area Bistro Wants to Be Yelp's Worst-Rated Restaurant Ever

In a protest against the site's alleged ratings manipulations, this Italian restaurant's co-owners offered scathing reviewers 25-percent off their checks.

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How 3 Franchise Owners Came Back From Disaster
Success Stories

How 3 Franchise Owners Came Back From Disaster

When times got tough, these franchisees held their ground and didn't look back.
Two Men and a Truck
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Two Men and a Truck's Bumpy Road to Franchise Success

Inside the 20-year journey of the successful moving franchise.
Why Box Buddies Founder Handed Over the Reins to Work as a Franchisee
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Why Box Buddies Founder Handed Over the Reins to Work as a Franchisee

This franchise founder bounced back from hardships the first time around and found success at his own speed.
The Melting Pot Looks to Diversity to Grow its Franchise
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The Melting Pot Looks to Diversity to Grow its Franchise

Fondue franchise broadens its reach to new communities to expand its corporate office and franchisees.
The Making of a Multi-Unit Franchise Maven
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The Making of a Multi-Unit Franchise Maven

Don't just hang up a single sign--build an empire. Here's how one franchisee did it.

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'We Don't Give a Sh*t About Gluten Free': A Restaurant Owner Gets Bold With Customers

A San Francisco chef is tired of catering to hard-to-satisfy customers. So, he's telling picky patrons to go buy dinner elsewhere.
3 Out of 4 Negative Tweets Happen While Customers Are Still Inside the Restaurant
Social Media

3 Out of 4 Negative Tweets Happen While Customers Are Still Inside the Restaurant

Social media provides a new way to deal with disgruntled customers before they even finish eating.
Mario Batali and the Power of
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Mario Batali and the Power of 'Delusional Optimism'

Empire-building lessons from one of the world's most entrepreneurial chefs.
Tasty Turnaround: How Restaurant Chain Dig Inn Wants to Change the Way America Eats
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Tasty Turnaround: How Restaurant Chain Dig Inn Wants to Change the Way America Eats

Adam Eskin took over a gym-rat focused food chain and has turned it into a farm-to-table restaurant with nine locations and counting.
Olive Garden to Unveil a Really Crazy
Marketing

Olive Garden to Unveil a Really Crazy 'Never-Ending' Deal

Looking to capitalize on America's appetite for all things 'endless,' the casual dining chain is selling $100 gift cards for seven weeks' worth of unlimited pasta, salad, bread and soda.
Groupon Helps Restaurants Fill Tables During Off-Hours With Reservation-Based Deals
Business News

Groupon Helps Restaurants Fill Tables During Off-Hours With Reservation-Based Deals

Groupon's latest feature allows businesses to offer deals that can only be redeemed at a specific time of day.
Lessons from a Food-Tech Startup: Big Data Isn
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Lessons from a Food-Tech Startup: Big Data Isn't Just a Buzzword -- It Can Be Your Secret Weapon

Pop-up meal company Dinner Lab owes its blockbuster success to its savvy analysis of information from its consumers.
Flush With Cash, Tech Employees Are Investing in Nightlife
Starting a Business

Flush With Cash, Tech Employees Are Investing in Nightlife

While many young techies are spending their money on nightlife, others are taking it a step further, by buying their own stake in restaurants and bars.
So You Have a Successful Restaurant. Now What?
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So You Have a Successful Restaurant. Now What?

Your food business might be able to support new ventures. Here's how to figure out the best direction to go in for expansion.
Wish Waiting for a Table Was Less Painful? There
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Wish Waiting for a Table Was Less Painful? There's an App for That.

NoWait efficiently manages waits for tables, reducing stress levels for customers and restaurant owners alike.
With an All-Deaf Wait Staff, New Restaurant Asks Guests to Order in Sign Language
The 'Treps

With an All-Deaf Wait Staff, New Restaurant Asks Guests to Order in Sign Language

At the aptly-named Signs restaurant in Toronto, one restaurateur is piloting a new concept that aims to give hearing diners a glimpse into deaf culture.
Dinner Lab Founder: Email Sucks and Other Advice on Building Company Culture
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Dinner Lab Founder: Email Sucks and Other Advice on Building Company Culture

When your employees are scattered across the country, catalyzing a sense of camaraderie among them can be a challenge. Here’s how one startup does it.
Square Scoops Up Fancy Food Delivery Startup
Business News

Square Scoops Up Fancy Food Delivery Startup 'Caviar'

Caviar, which delivers meals from high-end restaurants that don't typically offer delivery, represents new territory for the electronic payments company.
Stress, Anxiety, Loneliness: How This Entrepreneur Lost Himself and Bounced Back Stronger
Leadership

Stress, Anxiety, Loneliness: How This Entrepreneur Lost Himself and Bounced Back Stronger

Brian Bordainick built a $16 million company in less than two years. At one point in his journey, Bordainick 'snapped' and he had to work to get his feet back on the ground.
5 Ways to Work Harder, Courtesy of a Beijing Restaurateur
Starting a Business

5 Ways to Work Harder, Courtesy of a Beijing Restaurateur

An overseas trip provides some insights about how an entrepreneur can prevail in realizing his dreams.

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