Monthly Archives: December 2014

Restaurants could be leaving sandwich revenue on the table

No meal is more central to the American diet than the sandwich. Portable, convenient and eminently customizable, it fits the needs of the modern consumer, and recent research shows that there’s still a long runway for growth of sandwich sales in restaurants. Americans ate 12.5 billion sandwiches in restaurants from October 2013 to October 2014, according to consumer researcher The NPD Group. But a recent survey of more than 1,000 consumers by menu research firm Datassential found Consumers are still making the majority of their sandwiches at home.   For more info:  http://nrn.com/food-trends/restaurants-can-still-find-revenue-sandwiches

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First Watch Acquires Bread & Company

Earlier this month, First Watch bought Bread & Company, a two-unit concept based in Nashville, Tenn. That may seem small — First Watch will have 148 units by the end of the year — but it’s no less significant for the breakfast-and-lunch chain. Bread & Company is a fast-casual concept, presenting full-service First Watch with a host of possibilities, not just for Bread & Company’s two units, but for the concept as a whole. “The lucky part about Bread & Company is it has a different service model,” First Watch CEO Ken Pendery said. “First Watch is a full-service concept.…

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Fuddruckers Opens 1st Location in South Africa

Casual-dining burger chain debuts in Santiago, Chile Fuddruckers opened its first restaurant in South America this week, in Santiago, Chile. Houston-based parent Luby’s Inc., which also owns Cheeseburger in Paradise and the Luby’s cafeteria brand, said Tuesday that the 3,500-square-foot Fuddruckers unit was opened by new Chilean franchisee SRTC, which has agreed to open nine more locations. “We are excited to continue the global growth of the Fuddruckers brand through partnerships with homegrown operators like SRTC, who have established themselves as leaders in the field,” Luby’s chief operating officer Peter Tropoli said in statement. Fuddruckers has development agreements elsewhere in…

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McDonalds to cut 8 menu items

McDonald’s Corp. executives said Wednesday they will cut eight items from its menu in January as part of a broader effort to overhaul its service model to meet the needs of different type of customers. In an informal discussion with Wall Street analysts, chief executive Don Thompson and McDonald’s USA president Mike Andres described a radically different service model that uses a combination of mobile and Web ordering and customization. Executives also suggested that they will focus on improving the quality of food the quick-service burger chain offers by analyzing the ingredients in every item and focusing on the “authenticity”…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Karen was amazing and very helpful through the interview process with my CEO management opportunity. Karen helped and coached me to prepare myself for the interviews. With Karen's help and my experience I feel that it was a perfect fit for Me.  It's pretty awesome to come back to work in my home town and connect to the community again 2o years later.  It awesome to be close to my family and old friends. I'm happy and proud to say that I'm working for a company that values and cares for there employees. I feel like this is a great opportunity that will open doors for my future. Thank you for your time And big thank you to Karen, she is amazing! Ron G Karen was amazing and very helpful through the interview processChief Experience Officer, BC
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  • "I was very lucky to get recruited by Cara and the Patrice and Associates team. From start to finish Cara made me feel like I was the right person for this new step in my career. She was very easy to talk to and brought the best out of me when it came to preparing for my interview. I couldn't have asked for a better person to help with this transition and this great opportunity would never have happened without Cara. Thanks!!" - Chuck Amiss I couldn't have asked for a better person to help with this transition
  • 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.

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  • 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.
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