Comp sales at Domino’s rises since COVID outbreak…..

In today’s news: Along with its Q1 results, Domino’s Thursday offered a window into its Q2 performance so far, which provided some telling metrics. Firstly, the chain’s Q1 same-store sales climbed 1.6 percent, year-over-year, in the U.S., marking 36 consecutive quarters of positive gains. That was Domino’s lowest figure since Q2 2011, but it wasn’t unexpected. What’s happened in the first four weeks of Q2 (March 23 to April 19) has been more enlightening. Domino’s witnessed U.S. company comps jump 10.6 percent. Franchises are up 6.9 percent. Blended, it’s a 7.1 percent year-over-year same-store number. Today, Domino’s 6,156-unit U.S. business…

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Carry Out to the Rescue

As cities went quiet, the chefs who could began converting their establishments from dine-in to takeout. A week ago, I started looking for ways restaurant tech was coming to the rescue and found surprisingly little. Delivery service Grubhub announced $100 million in fee deferment to specific restaurants, an offer that sounded good but got worse when you dug into the fine print. Not only was it a deferment—instead of a fee waiving—for only a month, it obliged restaurants to use Grubhub for a year after signing up for the program. (Grubhub has since revised this policy and now only requires…

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Free COVID-19 Takeout and Delivery Courses available

To help keep you and your employees safe, ServSafe is offering the online Food Handler, COVID-19 Takeout and COVID-19 Delivery courses, for free at now through April 30. Take advantage of this offer to get the essential training every restaurant and foodservice worker needs to keep diners and themselves safe. Additionally, the new ServSuccess Restaurant Professional and Restaurant Supervisor Learning Suites will also be offered free of charge at through April 30. ServSuccess certifications provide restaurant employees a way to demonstrate and restaurant employers a way to gauge the skills, competencies and knowledge required for jobs in the…

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From the Desk of Patrice Rice, Regarding Covid-19

From the Desk of Patrice Rice, CEO and Founder Patrice & Associates Recruiting Specialists: We recognize that these are difficult times. At Patrice & Associates we believe that we must be staffing partners to our clients in good times and when the world events test our resolve. As you continue to evaluate your current situation, we will be here for you.  Patrice & Associates consultants are here to help assess your staffing needs and provide resources to guide you in each step of your journey.    We are ready to provide career coaching to potentially displaced staff as well as talent…

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Delivery Hugely Impacting Restaurants

As off-premises sales explode, operators make sure their food arrives in premium condition. Delivery is more important than ever, and operators are working to win their share of this lucrative segment. According to a recent survey from the National Restaurant Association, approximately 60% of restaurant occasions are now off-premise across all forms, including drive-thru, takeout and delivery. The survey, which the National Restaurant Association conducted with Technomic, also found: 79% of consumers use restaurant delivery at least once a month. 34% of consumers utilize delivery more often than a year ago. Fries are especially popular among consumers ordering delivery. According…

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Wendy’s will offer Breakfast in 2020

The Wendy’s Co. will debut its new breakfast daypart nationwide in the first quarter of 2020 and expects the new daypart eventually to contribute a 10% growth in sales, executives said Friday. The Dublin, Ohio-based burger brand, which hosted an Investor Day on Friday, said the new breakfast platform, which has been tested in 300 stores from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., is expected to contribute 6% to 8% of sales in the partial 2020 fiscal year and has been tailored, with help from franchisees, to simplify operations. Kurt Kane, Wendy’s president for the U.S. division, said the brand was “going big…

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Top Traits Recruiters Look for in Executive Search

Personality should never be the sole consideration when it comes to executive search, but certain personality traits tend to thrive more than others when it comes to C-suite positions. Here are some of the top traits executive search teams should look for when considering top executive candidates. Professionalism Executives must be professional in their dealings with others both internally as well as outside of the company. Professionalism can be conveyed through the way they dress, how they interact with others, and particularly how they deal with difficult situations. With the number of meetings that C-level talent must attend, the number…

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Think Beyond the Boundaries

The summer between fourth and fifth grades, Andy Andrews writes in his new book The Bottom of the Pool, he and his friends spent most of their time at a local pool, where they invented a game called Dolphin. The object: To see who could propel himself highest above the surface, the way dolphins do. All the kids did this in the same way, by pushing upward against the water with their legs, and they all got pretty good at it—until one of them, named Kevin, leapt far higher above the water than anyone else. How? By first diving as deep…

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5 things cruise lines can teach the hospitality industry

Not every hotel can rely on cruise ship basics to boost their customers’ experiences. However, there’s definitely something to improve at every hotel - what can you do better? Perhaps studying a cruise ship can help you. It’s true — a cruise ship is much different than a hotel. The former carries passengers from port to port, feeding and entertaining them along the way. Alternatively, hotels provide a place to sleep and, often, not much more than that. With that in mind, hotels stand to gain a lot by studying how cruise lines operate. Customers come back for cruises again…

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Where and How to Find Great Sales Reps

Sure, technology can help heat up your metrics, but only talent can sell your brand like hot cakes. In the ever-shifting market, talent spells the difference between sales organizations that are well-positioned to win the future and those that struggle just to survive the challenges of the present. As customer centricity, account-based selling, and artificial intelligence redraw the contours of business, talent will become more crucial to keeping pipelines full, flowing, and fruitful. If your organization lacks the will to attract, recruit, and retain excellent sales professionals, then you are just exerting futile efforts at postponing failure to a later…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • I really appreciate you and the team at Patrice & Associates on the search.  I know it’s only been 2 days, but if this Candidate hiring process works, I can say the process was seamless and easy for us!  All we had to do was pick a candidate vs all the other administrative items necessary to land a candidate.

    Much Thanks,


  • Clint Carpenter made this process seamless!

    I recently moved to Charlotte NC about a year ago because of family. Oddly enough when I got a call from an unknown number which was Clint, I was actually in between jobs at the time. Nonetheless, he took the time and patience to ask me questions about why I was here in Charlotte, where I've been working, if I'm interested in the opportunities elsewhere, etc. I think our first actual conversation was about 2 1/2 hours long. Which to me was appreciated not only for the professionalism, but in this day and age just to have that much patience with someone you don't even know. He's kept great contact and put my best foot forward as well, will remain in contact throughout the training or first 60 days. I've had pretty bad experiences in the past with recruiters who had also reached out to me, but didn't remain in contact or follow through. That being said I had no plans in using a recruiting service, but to say the least, Clint is not only a true professional but just a good human being all around!  Just from talking to him he actually sounds like he truly enjoys life and helping people which is rare nowadays. Keep on doing what you do Clint! & Enjoy those early morning turkey hunts.    

    Best Regards,


    Clint Carpenter made this process seamless!
  • Thank you Bruce Leininger, you get the 10 stars from me!

    When I applied to the job that was posted by Patrice and Associate, I never thought that I am going to get a call from Bruce which I was surprised and when he said he is going to to send my resume to few company that he named, we started working together, and this company that offered me a job it was a second effort which the answer was yes and we went to first and second interview, and Bruce was next to my shoulder step by step and guided me from there every page.    

    With Regards,

    Jay Alaeian

    Thank you Bruce Leininger, you get the 10 stars from me!
  • Liz Costa is two words "A FORCE" 

    She has a wealth of knowledge of the hospitality industry and in this case the corporate  and focused service side of the industry.  From initial contact and first resume submissions, Liz communicated a precise plan for each step of my journey until I landed the position I am currently in now.  Even during the slower times due to the omicron wave to end 2021, she was available for questions about possible openings and always had updates when response times lagged from prospective employers.  Her preparation calls prior to interviews or just quick hits with key information were solid supports in my journey.  I could feel my confidence and interview skills improving with each zoom or call I took since I began with Liz.  This improved skillset not only assisted with the interview process, but ultimately prepared me for returning to work full time.

    Thank you so much!

    Matt Maida

    Liz Costa is two words "A FORCE"
  • David Hotovy is there for you every step of the way!

    Working with David Hotovy was my first time working with a recruiting firm. I can say with profound confidence that I would not want to ever be on the job market again without going through a firm. The support I have received and continue to receive from David is unmatched. From prepping me for the questions I would be asked to following up daily and weekly to ensuring that this match was the best move for myself. I would recommend David as well as Patrice & Associates to anyone on the job market. He set realistic expectations and never failed to follow through.      

    Thank you David!

    Christina Simmons

    David Hotovy is there for you every step of the way!