The Main Dish: How the Elections Affected the Industry, Restaurant Finance Tips, and Other Highlights From This Week

In the age of information overload, refinement is key. That was the thought behind The Main Dish — a quick compilation of the most bookmark-worthy links from the Foodable WebTV Network. Aside from our usual daily content, every Sunday, The Main Dish will serve a fresh batch of handpicked pieces of the most appetizing lists & literature that you may have missed.

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What Restaurant Operators Think About the 2016 Political Election

Nonetheless, this election has ignited strong public opinions. But when we reached out to several chefs and restaurant operators, many of which did not wish to speak on the topic. Why is that? Is it because there seems to be so much dislike geared toward both the Democratic and Republican candidate? 

Adios, Chipotle: Is Moe's Southwest Grill the Fresh Face of Fresh Mex?

The fast casual Fresh-Mex segment is filled with competition as fierce, hot, and spicy as the food itself. Rubio’s Coastal Grill, Chipotle, Freebirds World Burrito, Tijuana Flats, and others have forged the way for the Fresh Mex fast casual food scene, but is there a new champion mixing things up?

Are You Running Your Restaurant or Is It Running You?

The common thread in this bad recipe is lack of vision and poor leadership. When things are going great, it is easy to be motivated and be in love with your restaurant. Then the honeymoon phase is over and the real work begins. Sadly, most cannot deal with the downside of this. 

Sandwich Shakeup: Leading Ladies in This Emerging Sector Tell Us How Their Concepts Stand Out From the Rest

The fast casual sandwich sector has come a long way from restaurants serving the same old turkey club and roast beef sandwich. Creative concepts have emerged and are offering diners a unique twist on many sandwich favorites, while also serving menu items guests have never seen before. 

 
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Washington Report: Trump's Policies Pro-Restaurant?

After Tuesday’s election, it seems Donald Trump’s focus on jobs and the economy has resonated with organizations like the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Cicely Simpson, executive vice president of Government Affairs and Policy at the NRA, tells us how the organization engaged with President-Elect Trump and his campaign team to advocate for the industry.

Chef George Sabatino's Aldine Restaurant Celebrates Year Two

Philadelphia’s burgeoning food scene has attracted talent from some of the top culinary hot spots in the country. In this “Table 42” vignette, we follow Philly native Sabatino, who opened Aldine Restaurant just two years ago, but the business has already made huge strides for being so young.

12 Things to Consider When Developing Your First Menu

Designing your restaurant’s first menu should be a fun and exciting task, but it is also a potential turning point for your venue’s long-term success. A process this significant needs to be a thought-provoking one, and one with thorough planning.

Need Advice on Funding Your Restaurant? Experts Toss in Their Two Cents

The only thing that should be ringing at your restaurant is your cash register, not the alarm bells in your head when you start to notice your profit margins thinning. Figuring out finances can be a daunting task, especially when not too many banks are keen on giving loans to aspiring restaurateurs in a high-risk industry, but it’s not impossible. Need a few words of advice on how to fund your restaurant? Here are what some experts had to say.