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Big Data Isn
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
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.

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So You Have a Successful Restaurant. Now What?
Grow Your Business

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
Technology

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
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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.

Restaurant Planning Tools

Restaurant Floor Plans
Restaurant Floor Plans
How will you lay out your space? Take a look at these sample floor plans:

Restaurant Checklists
Restaurant Checklists
Make sure you have everything you need to start your restaurant with our handy free checklists:

These sample checklists & floor plans are from our Restaurant Startup Guide.

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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
Success Stories

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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Email Sucks and Other Advice on Building Company Culture
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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.
This Startup
Leadership

This Startup's Secret Sauce: Employees First, Customers Second

Dinner Lab, which hosts pop-up dinners in overlooked, underused spaces across the country, empowers its staff with an important sense of ownership.
This New Orleans Startup Is Turning the Tables on the Restaurant Industry
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This New Orleans Startup Is Turning the Tables on the Restaurant Industry

New Orleans-based meal-experience company Dinner Lab depends on participants giving their honest feedback on every course.
French Court Sides With Business Owner Over Negative Online Review
Business News

French Court Sides With Business Owner Over Negative Online Review

The decision creates a new crime of 'being too highly ranked' on a search engine, the blogger says.
Soon, Applebee
Technology

Soon, Applebee's May Be Asking You to Put Your Phone Away

The casual-dining giant wants you to play and pay with its shiny, new tablets. Not yours, and specifically not on Tuesdays. Check, please.
Controversial Reservation
The 'Treps

Controversial Reservation 'Scalping' Site Rethinks Its Mission

A startup that allows customers to pay for restaurant reservations is doing a 'soft pivot' following outrage from the restaurant industry.
Food Truck Fare Is Getting Pricier. Here
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Food Truck Fare Is Getting Pricier. Here's Why.

Food trucks saw a boom in the recession, but as competition has grown so have the costs for consumers.
Aim for a Big Bite of the Restaurant Market With These 7 Steps to a Successful Launch
Starting a Business

Aim for a Big Bite of the Restaurant Market With These 7 Steps to a Successful Launch

There's no secret sauce for making a new eatery profitable but careful planning surely helps.
Startup Aims to Meet Tech Challenges of Dining Industry
Technology

Startup Aims to Meet Tech Challenges of Dining Industry

Red Book Connect's solutions for the four biggest issues restaurants face are already embraced by large numbers of businesses.
Priceline Snaps Up OpenTable for $2.6 Billion in Cash
Business News

Priceline Snaps Up OpenTable for $2.6 Billion in Cash

The acquisition, expected to close later this year, represents the online travel company;s initial foray into the dining industry.
Our Top Food Franchises
Franchises

Our Top Food Franchises

Quick-service and full-service restaurants plus retail food businesses accounted for over one quarter of our top franchises for 2014, proving that food franchises are a healthy business.
Could Rising Costs Mean the End of Craft Beer Brewers?
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Could Rising Costs Mean the End of Craft Beer Brewers?

With the increased price of hops, craft beer makers could end up being sold to beverage giants.

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