Restaurant Management Resources You Should be Following
Running a restaurant or a chain of restaurants isn’t for the faint of heart. Restaurant entrepreneurs, managers and professionals must be in the-know about the latest and greatest industry trends, technology and consumer demands. When it comes to needing advice though, there’s no shortage of knowledge. The sheer volume of restaurant resources online is insane and can easily be overwhelming. How is one supposed to be able to keep up with all the information that is available to them?
In an effort to reduce anxiety about which restaurant resources are the most reliable and which ones are the best for specific restaurant management topics – we’ve broken down the greatest blogs and websites for restaurateurs. Keeping on the forefront of all of this will help to create a dining experience that is second to none and keeps guests coming back time after time for a great meal.
Here are the top restaurant blogs and websites I recommend you subscribe to – you’ll get all the ingredients you need to run a smooth operation and stay ahead of the crowd:
Toast Restaurant Management Blog – Toast, a cloud based POS system has a great blog that is geared towards independent restaurant operators. Their content is refreshing and highlights several subjects of restaurant operations – everything from marketing a restaurant to emerging technology trends and more! One of the coolest aspects of the Toast blog is their many downloadable templates and free tools for restaurant owners and operators. If you’re in need of a budget template – they’ve got one for you!Looking to make a restaurant menu from scratch? Check out their simple 10-step process for you to follow. If you’re a one man show, or a mom and pop shop, this blog is your best friend. Subscribe today.
Modern Restaurant Management – MRM is a hospitality industry website with a wealth of restaurant resources, news and expert advice for any restaurant industry professional, regardless of operation size or focus. One of their differentiators is the amount of video content they use. They’ve done an excellent job of using short, informative videos, as well as short interviews with restaurant experts to educate their audiences. On their website, they say “Modern Restaurant Management is a go-to resource for on-the-go restaurant-industry professionals.” This is no doubt true. Register and start receiving the industry news you need.
The Restaurant Den – According to their website, “The Restaurant Den is an all-in-one website design and online ordering solution for restaurants” and their blog is a great resource for restaurant owners, particularly in areas of marketing, design, and social media. If you’re needing some new ideas and tips for attracting more diners or beefing up your website to increase online ordering, this blog can help. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
Restaurant Engine – Another restaurant website design company that offers a blog rich with content for independent restaurant owners. Marketing, social media, email marketing and SEO are hot topics of discussion – all focused on improving restaurant sales and profits. Following them will surely help drive more diners to your establishment.
QSR Automations – Well, if you’re reading this, then you’re on the QSR Automations restaurant management and technology blog. Our blog is jam packed with the restaurant resources you need. Our content is great for both the independent restaurant operators and multi-unit restaurant operators alike. Whether you’re needing a quick checklist to implement new technology on your own, or an in-depth overview of restaurant technology solutions like guest management platforms and kitchen display systems, or step-by-step guides on how to roll them out – we are your go-to resource. Our blog writers are well seasoned industry experts with years of knowledge, ensuring every topic we cover is relevant and provides reliable guidance for boosting and streamlining restaurant operations in both the FOH and BOH.
National Restaurant Association’s Manage My Restaurant – Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re familiar with the National Restaurant Association. This is the largest foodservice trade association and is one to follow for anyone in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Their “Manage My Restaurant” section of their website is a one-stop shop of resources. That means restaurant owners, IT professionals, restaurant consultants, chefs and more can benefit from it. Regardless of operation size, you can find marketing advice, training tips and tricks, employment guidance, as well as food and nutrition articles that are relevant. This place is a treasure trove of knowledge and if you’re needing advice, rest assured you can find some here.
Open for Business – This is OpenTable’s blog for restaurants. They tout they have everything needed to run a successful restaurant. Big chains, regional chains, independents – there’s something for everyone. Be sure to check this blog out for all your restaurant do’s and don’ts, industry news, and more!
Call System’s Technology – CST’s blog is a fabulous resource for our restaurant and hospitality friends over in the UK and beyond. The content they are pushing is nothing less than helpful for restaurant operators of all sizes. They focus on restaurant and kitchen operations, highlighting the need for technology. Don’t miss out on their useful content.
HotSchedules – HotSchedules’ blog is a hot spot for all things restaurants, but it has a sweet spot in the restaurant staffing and scheduling area. Anyone managing or working in a restaurant could benefit from their advice and tips.
The Restaurant Expert – The Restaurant Expert prides themselves as the independent restaurant owner’s best friend. The content in their resources section is designed with them in mind. Anything related to running a successful restaurant can be found – tips on how to run a successful manager’s meeting, tips on managing food and labor costs and more!
The Restaurant Times – The Restaurant Times is POSist’s restaurant management blog. It provides a fertile ground for best practices and newsworthy content for restaurant operators of all types in India and around the globe. The hot topics they touch on are restaurant technology and automation, marketing trends and tips for driving more guest traffic. While some of the content is focused on our restaurant friends outside of the U.S., the content is still relevant and can be applied to operations here in the U.S. too.
Food+Tech Connect – Promoted as a “community” for the food and tech innovation sector, Food+Tech Connect is a resourceful place to learn about food, technology and specifically – investment trends, mergers and acquisitions in those areas. For restaurant owners, this is a great place to keep a pulse on some of the food and tech competition that is up and coming – like food home delivery services. If you’re needing to be up-to-date in industry news, you’ll want to visit them frequently.
There you have it. Arguably, 12 of the hospitality industry’s best places to find resources about restaurant management, education and industry news. Check them out, subscribe and keep your inbox full of relevant information you need to know to run a successful restaurant and keep diners happy and coming back for more!
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About the Author
Amber Mullaney led all things marketing for QSR. A proud Texan native, she graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Public Relations and spent her career in the healthcare industry before making the switch to QSR and beyond, saying she loves a good challenge. Amber has a long list of things she loves, including tacos (especially tacos), sweet tea, Texas, the outdoors, and traveling with her husband and two daughters.