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10 Restaurant Industry Trends to Watch Out For

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 2:39 PM

 

Predicting upcoming trends is never easy. Especially when you consider predictions for an industry as volatile as the restaurant industry. Kitchenall.com is committed to helping restaurant owners grow their business, so we put together these 10 restaurant industry trends based on feedback and predictions from hundreds of restaurant owners as well as industry specialists. The trends are categorized into Culinary, Beverage, Marketing, Tech, and Design, and some of them may surprise you!

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Why are the portions in US restaurants so big?

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 5:12 PM

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Have you ever noticed that the food on your plate at a restaurant is a lot more than you can eat in one meal? It turns out that restaurants haven’t always served so much food.

Following World War II, agricultural policy in the U.S. expanded. Farmers were able to grow food more cheaply by using fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides. In the 1970s, the government began subsidizing farmers to grow more food.

Over time, companies have increased their serving sizes to increase their profits, and we all caught on. Why have less when you can have more for only a little bit more money?







Restaurant Trends – Growing & Emerging Concepts

Posted on at 5:09 PM

11340Growing Concepts of Multi Unit Operators

Concepts that have grown by at least 5% (if less than 50 units).

Dallas, TX-based MOVIE TAVERN (founded 2001) has increased by 1 unit, from 16 to 17 (6% growth). These family/casual restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, serving American cuisine.  Per person check average is $8-$20+.  Units seat around 350 and offer full bar service.  Private party facilities are available.  Locations are in CO, GA, KY, OH, PA, TX, and VA.

BILL MILLER BAR-B-Q based in San Antonio, TX (founded 1953) has increased by 5 units, from 67 to 72 (7% growth).  These are family/casual restaurants with seating for around 150.  Meal periods are breakfast, lunch and dinner.   Per person check average is around $4-$12+. Catering and drive thru are offered.  All locations are in TX.

CHICKEN KITCHEN based in Miami, FL (founded 1983) has increased by 1 unit, from 28 to 29 (4% growth).  These are quick serve restaurants with seating for around 60.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Franchising is offered.  Locations are in FL and TX.

Brentwood, TN-based BLUE COAST BURRITO (founded 2000) has increased by 1 unit, from 14 to 15 (7% growth) and entered into AL.  This is a fast casual Mexican concept, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person price range is $4-$12+.  Seating is for about 80.  Catering and online ordering options are offered.  The restaurants are franchised and trade in AL, AR, and TN.

and Re-emerging Concepts

Concepts with 20 units or less who grew by at least 2 units.

San Francisco, CA-based PACIFIC CATCH (founded 2003) has increased by 2 units, from 4 to 6 (50% growth).  This family/casual seafood concept is open for lunch and dinner, with a $10-$30+ per person check average.  The restaurants have full bar and seating for around 100.  Catering, banquet and online ordering services are available.  All the restaurants are located in CA.

BONEHEADS GRILLED FISH & PIRI PIRI CHICKEN based in Atlanta, GA has increased by 2 units, from 5 to 7 (40% growth) and expanded into TX.  These are fast casual restaurants with seating for around 90.  Beer and wine are served.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $4-$12+.  Catering is available.  Locations are franchised and are in GA, NC and TN.

BOB’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE of Dallas, TX (founded 1993) has increased by 2 units from 10 to 12 (20% growth) expanding into TX.  These are upscale restaurants with full bar and seating for around 250.  Meal periods are lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is around $15-$50+.  Banquets are offered.    Locations are in AZ, CA, TN and TX.

Repeat Growers

Concepts previously written about in the past 18 months.

San Mateo, CA-based AMICI’S EAST COAST PIZZERIA(founded 1987) has increased by 1 unit, from 13 to 14 (8% growth).  This is a family/casual concept, open for lunch and dinner.  Per person check average is $4-$12+ and seating is for about 70.  Beer and wine are served.  Delivery and online ordering are available.  All locations are in CA.  We last featured this concept on 5/7/13 (8% growth).

Seattle, WA-based ZEEK’S PIZZA (founded 1993) has increased by 1 unit, from 10 to 11 (10% growth).  This quick serve pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, with a $4-$12+ per person price range.  Locations sell beer and wine and have seating for around 20.  Catering, delivery and online ordering services are available.  All locations are in WA.  Franchising opportunities are available.  We featured this company on 2/19/13 (11% growth).

Calgary, AB-based ORIGINAL JOE’S RESTAURANT AND BAR(founded 1997) has increased by 4 units, from 59 to 63 (7% growth).  The restaurants are family/casual, serving American cuisine.  Locations have full bar and seating for around 150.  The restaurants are franchised and trade in AB, BC, MB, and SK.

 







Pizza Hut – Leader in Digital Orders

Posted on at 5:06 PM

thRoughly 40 percent of all transactions occurred digitally from Jan. 1-10, with select markets surpassing 50 percent. Pizza Hut offers the broadest suite of digital ordering options in the pizza category, including mobile site, Android App, iPhone App, Windows App, iPad, Xbox 360, and PizzaHut.com.

“We’re dedicated to providing pizza lovers with the most convenient ways to order Pizza Hut pizza and if the start to 2014 is any indication, we’re succeeding in this mission,” saidCarrie Walsh, chief marketing officer, Pizza Hut. “Technology is playing a bigger and bigger role in the lives of our consumers and we want to meet them where they are, and where they are right now is online and on mobile devices.”

Earlier this year Pizza Hut celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its first-ever online order by rewarding fans with 50 percent off large and medium pizzas when ordered online and joining the company’s “Hut Lovers” loyalty program. The company reintroduced the original digital hub – “PizzaNet” – which debuted in 1994, and released a video that showcased a timeline of digital breakthroughs for the company over the last 20 years.  Those breakthroughs include advance online ordering, mobile Apps, Xbox 360 App and 11 million Facebook fans, a feat the company most recently achieved. Pizza Hut also unveiled recently that they surpassed $1 million in sales in less than four months via Xbox 360.