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August 31, 2011
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Restaurant News 
  • Restaurant's co-founder mans test-kitchen food truck
    Wahoo's Fish Taco founder Wing Lam is busy expanding the 60-unit chain to 90 stores, but not too busy to take turns serving from the chain's Orange County, Calif., food truck, which doubles as the company's test kitchen. "I want to be there, to get that first-hand reaction, when people bite into their burrito," he said. Daily Pilot (Costa Mesa, Calif.) (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Innovations & Ideas 
  • Table-side tablet maker E La Carte raises $4 million
    E La Carte has raised $4 million in new funding from Lightbank, a venture capital fund started by the founders of Groupon. E La Carte's "Presto" tableside tablet computers let guests access menus, order and pay via the mobile device. TechCrunch (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A&W Canada aims for the younger set with new prototype
    A&W Canada is second only to McDonald's in quickservice sales in the country, but the chain aims to expand its reach to younger consumers with a new urban store prototype. The design mixes some traditional elements with an edgier look and high-tech features including self-service kiosks. (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Menu Trends 
  • BYO wine eateries are a tradition in Montreal
    Diners in Montreal have been bringing their own wine to the city's eateries since the 1980s, and the tradition has proven profitable at restaurants including Steak Frites St-Paul. "Our restaurant is full on days other restaurants are closed or half empty," said manager Linda Cantin. Wine Enthusiast Magazine online (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Giving fruit a higher profile on restaurant menus
    Fruits and vegetables have a starring role on the federal government's MyPlate guide, and restaurants have an opportunity to sweeten healthy dining, writes consultant Marc Halperin. Options include putting more jams, jellies and juices on the table and raising fruit's profile on the dessert menu. QSR Magazine (8/2011) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Has your restaurant rebranded?
    No, my restaurant has not rebranded.  58.62%
    Yes, my restaurant has been rebranded.  31.03%
    No, but my restaurant is considering rebranding.  10.34%
  • How do you find good managers?
Job postings
Social networks, such as LinkedIn
Local schools or training programs
Promotions from within

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Policy Matters 
  • New parking rules anger Pittsburgh restaurateurs
    Restaurant owners in Pittsburgh's Market Square say new rules that extend parking restrictions and limit patrons to one-hour parking make it difficult to dine without risking a $30 ticket. "It's a major problem because you can't go more than an hour on the meter, and nobody can eat in an hour," said Jerry Fink, general manager of NOLA. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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Editor's Note 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Area DirectorRomano's Macaroni GrillFort Worth/Dallas Area, TX
Executive ChefHouse of BluesMultiple Locations, United States
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Food for Thought 
The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion but rather to know it."
--André Maurois,
French author

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