Monthly Archives: September 2014

Burger Fi – Better Burgers Made by Scratch

Fast-casual chain touts scratch-made items to stand out in competitive segment The “better-burger” segment is crowded lately, with Smashburger, Shake Shack and others expanding apace, but the four-year-old BurgerFi chain has held its own with healthy sales growth. The company tripled its systemwide sales for the year ended Dec. 31, to an estimated $42.8 million, according to NRN research. More importantly, estimated sales per unit also showed robust growth of 25.6 percent, to $1.9 million. The North Palm Beach, Fla.-based chain, whose name stands for “The Burgerfication of the Nation,” has equally ambitious expansion plans. BurgerFi Intl. LLC plans to…

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Black Bear Diner

Lodge-themed concept elevates family-dining experience with casual-dining touches. At Black Bear Diner, it’s all about value — and bears. Bob and Laurie Manley, along with partner Bruce Dean, founded Black Bear Diner in Mt. Shasta, Calif., as a restaurant offering American comfort foods in a bear-infested, mountain lodge-themed setting that defies simple categorization. Black Bear offers food and service more befitting of casual dining, despite its diner name. Guests feel they’re getting a great value, said Doug Branigan, Black Bear’s vice president of franchise development and operations. “We’re polished family dining, in the upper tier of family dining,” he said.…

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Buffalo Wild Wings invests in taco concept

  Casual-dining operator acquires majority stake in Dallas-based Rusty Taco Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. has made a majority investment in nine-unit Rusty Taco Inc. of Dallas as it continues to buy into emerging brands, the company said Monday. Terms of the Minneapolis-based casual-dining operator’s investment in the fast-casual concept were not disclosed. The deal follows Buffalo Wild Wings’ minority investment in March 2013 in PizzaRev, a Los Angeles-based fast-casual pizza chain that at the time had three units. Buffalo Wild Wings has 1,030 casual-dining restaurants in the United States and Canada. “Rusty Taco’s fresh approach to tacos truly sets this…

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Dunkin’ Donuts introduces almond milk

Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced almond milk as a premium nondairy option at most of its more than 7,500 restaurants in the United States. Vanilla Almond Breeze Almondmilk is now available at about 75 percent of domestic locations. Parent company Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. has suggested a 50-cent surcharge for adding almond milk instead of dairy to hot or iced coffee, although pricing is at the discretion of franchisees. Dunkin’ Brands president for global marketing and innovation John Costello said in a press release that almond milk was being introduced in response to consumer demand. “Over the past couple of years,…

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Web Based Restaurant Training

Restaurateurs know proactive training translates to bottom line performance, and things like great service, high standards, and expert menu knowledge don't come easily. Precious time required for training can be obliterated by the chaos that defines the restaurant business. Successful restaurants depend on teamwork: they huddle up for daily pre-shift meetings, hold each other accountable, and look to their veteran players in every position to make great service happen.Yet, when it comes to training, too many owners and managers attempt to go it alone, committed to the notion that one person, should write, produce, deliver, and measure a company training…

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Food Investing Continues

Just grabbed these from Tabeau Public as a point of reference> Interesting how VC's have decided now is a good time to do what they could have been doing for quite some time. I guess, better late than never? I just hope they enlist some real industry experts that have real perspective to ensure sector investing isn't a bubble and crashes because too much money is flowing to the wrong entrepreneurs and/or the wrong deals. VC's generally don't get (a) consumer or (b) foodservice. Read more: http://fohboh.com/profiles/blogs/food-investing-continues#ixzz3CdsXZBjT

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Should You Take a Job With a Startup or Big Company

Startups invoke images of employees playing foosball during brainstorming meetings, riding through hallways on scooters, and drinking endless PBRs from the kitchen fridge. Whether it’s the truth or not, startup culture has a certain appeal to plenty of job seekers. But when it comes to job security, a run of the mill corporation will most likely offer better benefits and more structure. There are certainly a number of perks that come with taking a job at a startup, especially if it takes off. If you get in at the ground floor you will be able to rise up the ranks…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • I must say at first I was a little skeptical on what Stephanie was doing with my resume but now after seeing the results I am so glad listened instead of reacting. I will definitely continue with this company and I've already started to recommend Stephanie and what she can and is more than willing to do for each individual.

    Eddie Zepeda I've already started to recommend Stephanie
  • During my 20+ years career in hospitality I had the opportunity to work either directly or indirectly with several recruiting firms and individuals. My most recent job search lead me to Bruce Leininger with Patrice and Associates. Bruce is one of those rare individuals who combines needs of the employer with knowledge and skills of the job seeker. He sees both perspectives, analyses where there is common ground between employer’s culture and applicant’s strengths, then delivers a candid assessment to both parties. Bruce was relentless in pursuit of job opportunities and in finding the “right fit” for my career profile. EVERYTHING that Bruce said and promised in his introduction to me was delivered, and even MORE! Most importantly I truly felt that Bruce was genuine, understanding and caring in regards to my specific needs and goals. As far as I am concerned when it comes to recruiters, there is Bruce and then there’s everyone else. Ned Mirkovic, Hospitality General Manager When it comes to recruiters, there is Bruce and then there’s everyone else.
  • Let me just say, Thank you Karl. You have been the best recruiter I have ever worked with by far. I was completely impressed with your professionalism, you took the time to get to know me and my work history. After recent experiences with other recruiters you made me feel like a candidate that is capable of my skills and knowledge within my field.

    I would suggest Karl to any of my colleagues looking to move on to bigger and better positions.

    Laurie Estes You have been the best recruiter I have ever worked with!
  • I would like to say that I am grateful for my experience working with Alicia Terrell and I  highly recommend her service. I asked for her help after she found a management position for my husband in the restaurant industry at a company that values their employees, and she has now done the same for me with another brand. I am moved by her passion, kindness, and tenacity in finding the right career choice for me. When I started working with her, she took the time to listen to what’s important to me in a brand, my experience, and my goals, and found a great fit. She helped make my transition out of my previous job smooth and went above and beyond to be available and answer my questions, giving me insight during that process as well. Because of her willingness to provide quality instead of just a quick fix, I feel like I have already found a home within the Chicken Salad Chick brand and I am excited for the growth and opportunity that lies ahead for me. I wouldn’t have been as prepared or sure of this being a step in the right direction without her knowledge and passion. Thank you! Alicia helps another person find a job!
  • I'm quite happy to testify on Mike's behalf!  Mike did a fantastic job finding a new home for me, finding a company with the right feel...and the right benefits.  His experience in the industry allowed him to give me resume guidance that helped market myself to prospective employers.  Once I had their attention he provided interview coaching to help me land the job.  The best part is how he kept in constant contact with me throughout the process, so I was never left wondering.  I'll definitely recommend him in the future, and in fact I've already passed along a friend's resume! Mike did a fantastic job finding a new home for me.
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