The Main Dish: Tips for Aspiring Restaurant Owners, Supporting Our Immigrant Workforce, 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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Want a Better Business? 5 Things Restaurants Need to Change

Perhaps in our quest to open more restaurants and fulfill the need to be bigger, faster, and offer more options, we lost our way a little? Maybe, just maybe, we have diluted our industry. There is a huge outcry for sweeping political change which came to fruition with the inauguration of the new president. Change is here whether you like it or not.

Budweiser's Super Bowl Ad and Others in Foodservice Voicing Support for Immigrant Workers

The saying goes to never mix business and politics, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to remain neutral in the restaurant business — especially because it is the business of people and a business founded on hospitality and diverse cuisines.

What Is Conversion Optimization? 5 Tips to Take Your Restaurant's Website to the Next Level

No matter where your website visitors are coming from or what desired action you want them to take once they get there, you want to make sure that whatever money you’ve spent getting them there isn’t wasted. I’ve seen it countless of times before; restaurants spending a considerable amount of their marketing budget on digital ad spend and sending huge amounts of traffic to their website, but then fail to convert those visitors into an asset (tangible or otherwise) or a purchase.

 

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Are You REALLY Ready to Open Your Own Restaurant? What Aspiring Owners Need to Know

At some point in life, it seems nearly everyone has aspirations to one day open their own restaurant or bar. With the saturation of restaurants in recent years and months, it appears that the entry-level barriers must have become easier to overcome or are less expensive to do so, and many are jumping on board. But is everyone really ready to open their own restaurant?

4 Ways to Constantly Improve Your Restaurant's Service

How does your restaurant stand out? There are articles talking about the restaurant bubble and how it’s about to pop because there’s a surplus of restaurants. Having delicious food isn’t going to guarantee that people will keep coming back. Having terrific service isn’t going to be enough.

Washington Report: The Stakes for American Agriculture as Trump Moves Toward Building the Wall

Imports coming into the U.S. from Mexico have been a hot topic because of proposed methods of paying for the border wall. Mexico is the United States' second largest supplier of agricultural imports, with U.S. agricultural imports totalling $21 billion in 2015.