The franchisee's financial 4: Top tips to get investors to show you the money (Part 2 of a series on restaurant financial issues)

In yesterday's initial part of this series, readers got expert advise on equipment leasing options and how they can help with your overall food service operations. Today's article, takes a deeper look at the work most restaurateurs must make sure they accomplish before approaching any outside sources for financing their dreams.

To lease or not to lease: 5 tips, if that is your question (Part 1 of 2 on restaurant financing issues)

In a business that demands a steady and relatively liquid cash flow, leasing equipment can make a lot of sense. Here are five tips to help you decide what equipment to lease and how to prepare for the deal.

Commodities: Prices on the rise

The price of commodities were mostly on the rise last week, while the value of pizza stocks fell, making the holiday week less than happy one for those in the pizza business.

Study: 3 restaurant priorities that pay off big

A newly released study from Deloitte shows that a huge chunk of frequent diners prefer to order online, but at quick service restaurants they end up spending 26 percent more on food when they do. For fast casual, it's 13 percent more.

15K restaurants deploy everything from unicorns to engaged employees to fight hunger

Eat out so hungry kids can eat. It’s a simple notion with a huge possible impact, as nearly 15,000 restaurants nationwide join the effort to provide meals for the 1 in 5 American children who cannot count on their next meal.

How a free meal can make customers for life

Taking a chance with a free meal coupon can pay off in big ways with new customers in the market.

Freebirds, United Airlines help restaurants understand location-based marketing

Location-based marketing is the best way to reach customers around our location and it's a very cost-effective way to market to consumers, said Erin Levzow, Freebirds World Burrito marketing VP.

Technavio names Top 5 food-delivery services

Technavio's latest research names the Top 5 players in home delivery worldwide, as well as some of the major market forces.

Commodities: Cheese, wheat prices down, pizza stocks up

For pizza restaurateurs, it was largely a good week, with cheese prices continuing their descent, along with lower wheat prices and mostly improved pizza stock prices.Gas was down for the week and year, but up slightly from a month ago. Natural gas, however, did climb slightly, partly as a result of rig shut-ins due to Tropical Storm Hermine.

8 ways to cut drive-thru times

The following eight expert tips for cutting drive -thru times should get your pick-up lanes moving along faster than ever.

Getting 'granular' about restaurants' many possible uses for whole grains

It’s little wonder restaurateurs are seeking new ways to incorporate old grains into their menus, given the trend toward increasingly healthful eating from sustainable sources. In this question-and-answer session with the nonprofit Whole Grains Council, restaurateurs get background on the trend, and tips on where to take it with their menus.

CEOs of Captain D's, HuHot, Yalla, Slapfish pull back the curtain on business strategies

Improving sales, engaging customers, recruiting employees, food-safety issues and meeting government-mandated policies are just a few issues restaurant operators face daily. They'e also just a few of the topics that several CEOs will address during the CEO Roundtable at the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Beyond the smartphone: Restaurants and retailers challenged to reach consumers everywhere

At the recent CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit, executives discussed how providing the best omnichannel experience should be a top priority.

Purple dough, sweet potatoes: world brimming with pizza opportunities

Pizza is a hot restaurant concept around the world, according to Euromonitor International, which reported that it's gaining in popularity in not only traditional pizza markets but also in areas where it has usually been considered exotic, if not a little weird.

Dunkin' Donuts, Pita Pit share tips for driving mobile app adoption, use

Digital gurus at Dunkin' Donuts and Pita Pit offer up real-life insight on mobile app strategy.

NRA: You're welcome for that career start, America

Employers owe the restaurant industry a debt of gratitude for initially teaching most of their business's employees crucial work skills needed to succeed including, reliability, teamwork and professionalism, according to the NRA.

6 tips to get the most from your restaurant signage (Part 2)

Graphics and signage can make a significant difference to a restaurant’s connection with its customers. To that end then, we provide six tips on how to approach that topic to get the best results for your business.

Restaurant graphics: More important than you think? (Part 1)

This two-part series delves into how and why restaurants should take their graphic elements more seriously.

Commodities: Cheese, wheat drop, fuel rises

Agricultural commodities gave pizza restaurateurs a break last week in trading with the price of both wheat and cheese falling, but those gains were made up for with losses in increasing gas and natural gas prices.

Part 2: The pain and the glory of getting REAL

Restaurateurs who seek REAL certification say it’s a tough and sometimes painful process. But they are quick to add that it can end up paying off big for a restaurant brand.

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