The Global Recruiter UK Industry Awards 2018

A Tough Year for the Restaurant Industry:

Last year proved to be difficult for the restaurant industry. Nation’s Restaurant News reported yesterday that Buffalo Wild Wing’s fourth quarter net earnings plummeted 38.2%. The company’s fourth quarter ended on December 25th, 2016. Company-owned restaurants saw same-store sales fall 4% while franchised stores saw sales fall 3.9%. Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith made a statement about the issue, citing “the challenging restaurant environment” as the source of struggle. Chipotle also took a hard hit in their fourth quarter. As the company dealt with food borne illness outbreaks across the country, net incomes fell 76%.

It is no surprise that restaurants nationwide faced similar hardships. For many restaurants, the overall decline in net profits can be traced back to two main contributing factors: weak same-store sales and slow traffic. According to the National Restaurant Association, 42% of operators reported a same-stores sales decline in December of 2016. Operators also reported a 47% decline in traffic for that same month.

Expectations and optimism remain high, though, for the year ahead. About 39% of restaurant operators told National Restaurant News that they expect same-store sales and traffic to improve within the next 6 months. This is a 25% jump from when operators were surveyed back in October of 2016. Also heartening for the industry is that 57% of restaurant operators surveyed expect to expand or remodel within the next 6 months.

Dedicated to Success in 2017:

Here at Patrice and Associates, we are also optimistic about the year ahead. As the nation’s leading hospitality recruiting firm, we know how fundamentally important staffing is to a restaurant’s success. Finding strong, talented candidates to fill leadership positions can make all the difference when running an effective business. Strong leaders help shape a business’s culture and can be instrumental in improving overall service, efficiency, profitability, and more.

Overall, we are excited to continue working hard in 2017. Every day, our dedicated Franchisees and Recruiters help find and place the restaurant industry’s top leaders. By ensuring the success of our clients, we are also ensuring the growth and prosperity of the restaurant industry itself. We look forward to continue doing so now and for many years to come.

What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

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    Erin DeFreitas was Top - Notch!

    Could not have been better!

                          Thank You!     Eddie T. Erin DeFreitas was top-notch!
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    Thank you to Mike Buterbaugh & Patrice & Associates!

    Mike Buterbaugh of Patrice & Associates was such a pleasure to work with.  He contacted me right away and offered me insight on some potential work opportunities.  Also offered some knowledge on how I could approach each interview.  It was great, I got hired and I’m so excited to start this new journey.     Warm Regards, Italo Garibaldi Thank you to Mike Buterbaugh & Patrice & Associates! 
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    The experience I have had with George Wooten was Amazing!

    Very professional, great attitude and above all cared about me as a client.  George worked diligently with me and for me in order for this position to become mine .  Overall, great experience would not hesitate to recommend George and company to anyone looking for a new Career.   Kudos to all involved!         Thank You, John Zhelesnik The experience I have had with George Wooten was Amazing!
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    Hezekiah is a true professional in every sense of the word. 

    I'm very excited to get started with my new career.  From the very beginning when he contacted me there has been absolutely no gaps in communication.  Hezekiah matched me with an opportunity that is a true fit for my skill set.  I submitted my resume to him and he completely revamped it, highlighting my strengths.  This translated into the opportunity I have now been afforded.  He ensured that I received tips on interviewing and we even spoke just hours prior to my initial interview.  He has consistently reached out to the HR representative to ensure that I was informed of their thought process and relayed information to them as to my thoughts as well.  Truly, I could not have asked for a better recruiter.  As I type this I am still amazed at how seamless Hezekiah made the entire process.  There would be zero hesitation in requesting his services again, I'd do it in a heartbeat without second guessing.  He's a superstar in my humble opinion and deserves all the best that Patrice & Associates has to offer.  Thank you for having him on the team, he's going to change plenty of people's lives.  He should be proud to know that.
    Very Respectfully,
    Keith A. Ellis
    Hezekiah is a true professional in every sense of the word
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    Very nice and great to work with.

    He was very helpful in the job search.  He was not too pushy, which was a very good thing, considering I went on vacation.   Thank you.
    Nick Burtner
    Very nice and great to work with
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