How Quick-Serve restaurants are scaling the food chain.

Lisa Mason stood outside a Chicago restaurant at 9:15 a.m. on a recent sunny Monday, where she would continue to wait for two hours. She wasn't there for breakfast. She was there to get a $1 burrito. Mason was the first person in line at the new Chicago outpost of Dos Toros, a New York-based fast-casual taqueria opening its second location in the Windy City. By the time the doors opened at 11:30 a.m., more than 200 people stood on the sidewalk in a line that stretched across the West Jackson Boulevard bridge over the Chicago River.

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Restaurant Operators plan to expand

Jonathan Maze of Nation’s Restaurant News posted an article yesterday highlighting the findings of the 2017 American Express Restaurant Trader Survey. The survey reached out and polled 488 owners, managers, directors, an CEO’s of independently owned restaurants. One surprising finding is the optimism that many restaurant operators still possess despite recent sales trends across the nation.

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Patrice & Associates Recognizes Top Achievers at Annual Convention

Nation’s Leading Talent Acquisition Firm Serving the Hospitality Industry Celebrates Outstanding Growth and Successes Among its Team of Franchisees and Regional Developers

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Patrice Rice featured in Business News Daily

The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year. But if you are a business owner, it can also be the most stressful. Business picking up during the holiday season is great, but days like Black Friday can put a strain on the employees who are left doing the extra work.

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Working with Sonia Postema was a true pleasure.

    She guided me in the right direction, she had the the right questions and was awesome with our interview prep. I carry the skills required, she helped organize them in a proper fashion to present and her guidance is a large part for my successful hiring for a remarkable career opportunity. She helped with overcoming those “pre-interview jitters” and replaced them with confidence needed to and have a successful interview. Her encouragement is second to none and Sonia is someone who can be counted on!  

    Matt Johnson

    Working with Sonia Postema was a true pleasure
  • Matt Lopez was beyond impressive and thorough!

    I came into contact with Matthew Lopez of Patrice & Associates after sending in my resume for a management position on Indeed. After we had a bright introductory call, he was able to streamline me towards a position that would be a perfect fit. Matt is incredibly knowledgeable, attentive, and professional in his assistance in preparing for the various levels of the interview process. His attention to detail and sharp interpersonal skills allowed my strengths to shine through. In addition, Matt is personable, empathetic, and overall a joy to work with. Any questions or comments I had about my experiences throughout the hiring process were answered promptly and thoroughly. I am thrilled to report that all of our efforts came to fruition and resulted in an offer. I cannot thank Matt enough for his guidance, warmth, and expertise, and highly recommend him to anyone in search of recruiting services.  

    Warmest regards and grazie mille,


    Matt Lopez was beyond impressive and thorough!
  • Sonia Postema had my best interest at heart!

    Sonia Postema reached out to me via LinkedIn, and she has been absolutely AMAZING. She was very communicative through the entire process, understood my background and didn't just use a blanket style coaching like I've experienced from other recruiters. She has noticeably had my very best interest in mind the entire time, and it made me feel a lot more confident in the entire hiring process. She clearly understood what I was looking for in a job, and what the restaurant needed in their hire, and was able to pair us together. I'm incredibly excited to start this new career move, and am so grateful for Sonia for finding me and helping me along the way.

    So Thankful,

    Takara H.

    Sonia Postema had my best interest at heart!
  • David Hotovy is the BEST!

    With all honesty David Hotovy is one of the BEST recruiters I've ever dealt with throughout my life.    

    Thank you, Esam Dwaidar

    David Hotovy is the BEST!
  • Corina Mack is a powerhouse who gets the job done!

    Corina Mack was so amazing in offering her complete support with helping me find my new career!  She literally did all the tedious work from helping to comprise my resume to even applying to jobs!  It took about a week from start to finish!

    Thank you so much for helping me embark on my next business adventure!!!

    Beth Thompson

    Corina Mack is a powerhouse who gets the job done!