Will a Themed-Restaurant Drive-In Propel Tesla Forward?

Will a Themed-Restaurant Drive-In Propel Tesla Forward?

It looks like Elon Musk is actually following through with his “old school drive-in, roller skates & rock restaurant” idea that he had shared on Twitter earlier this year. (Still, no hints about what a rock restaurant is—perhaps he meant a rock ‘n’ roll-themed restaurant?)

Anyhow, according to “The Drive,” this new restaurant drive-in for Tesla drivers will be located on an old Volvo dealership in Santa Monica, Ca. since “a new application popped up on the City of Santa Monica’s ePermits site, specifically for a ‘Tesla restaurant and supercharger station.’”

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Here's Why Foodable Expert Thinks Lemonade Is an Emerging Brand to Look Out For

Here's Why Foodable Expert Thinks Lemonade Is an Emerging Brand to Look Out For

When I was first introduced to Lemonade, I thought the concept was interesting. It wasn’t until I started doing the research behind the storefront when I knew that they were going to make some noise in the industry (for the better).

There are a number of different reasons why I think that Lemonade is one of the top emerging brands of 2018.

1. Chef-Driven & Food Conscious

They are a chef driven restaurant. The selections you get from their veggies and their meats to their hot dishes; everything is something that you would find in a scratch-kitchen restaurant. What’s really cool about that is they know that people are growing more conscious about what they purchase in terms of food so having a variety of dishes serves them well in this cafeteria style concept.

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Frozen Fresh Alaska Seafood is Making Waves with Top Quality and Sustainability Practices

Frozen Fresh Alaska Seafood is Making Waves with Top Quality and Sustainability Practices
  • Alaska frozen fresh seafood maximizes sustainability, availability, and flavor of fish and shellfish supply.

  • Chefs Dustin Trani and Drew Johnson "slack it out" teaching C-CAP students how to properly prepare frozen fresh Alaska seafood.

Ever heard of cryogenic or blast flash freezing?

This process helps to preserve seafood at the peak of freshness.

“Flash freezing is able to prevent damage or breakdown of proteins and lipids, two major things we need to keep in our seafood in order to preserve quality,” Michael Kohan tells a class full of culinary students.

Kohan is the technical director for Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) and flew down to Long Beach, Ca. to help educate young students participating in a culinary training organized by Careers through Culinary Arts Programs (C-CAP).

In these trainings, like the one featured in this episode of On Foodable Side Dish, mentors like Dustin Trani, Executive Chef for J. Trani’s Ristorante in San Pedro, Ca., and Chef Drew Johnson of Kincaid Grill located in Anchorage, Ala., come together to give back and share their wisdom with the future generation of culinary professionals.

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Tracking your Customer and Power of Restaurant Apps

It’s almost impossible to avoid technology in your restaurant these days, but why would you want to? On this episode of On Foodable Weekly, we get to talk to some brands who are taking advantage of the latest in tech to improve customer experience, while also ramping up their customer loyalty.

Nicole Abraham of Luna Grill and Frank Klein of Asian Box both present some of interesting steps they’ve taken and introduce us to some of the cool technologies that they have used to grow your business.

First up? Apps.

Now a days, any restaurant can have an app. There are so many businesses that can help you make it successful too. But what does an app really add to your restaurant? For one, as Abraham says, apps are a great platform for online ordering. Online ordering is a massive trend right now and is not going away anytime soon. It's an incredible way to increase sales and it's important that restaurants are providing this option for their guests. A restaurant app can also house your rewards program making life easier for not only your customers, but also your staff. But proper use of an app is important too.

Asian Box, another California brand,  also has a restaurant app. But theirs is more focused on online ordering and less on loyalty rewards. Klein shared some impressive insights into Asian Box’s customer loyalty, touting “50% of our customers eat [with us] 4-5 times per month.” When asked how they could encourage such a level of customer loyalty, he explains that though they are a big proponent of technology use in their restaurants, they put more weight in the employee empowerment programs they have in place. These programs allow employees to recognize repeat customers and reward them with freebies and discounts.

Where Asian Box puts tech first though, is tracking customers to get a clear picture of who is coming back to their restaurants. It can be difficult to track customers when you provide in store purchasing, online purchasing, and a variety of third-party ordering systems like UberEATS or DoorDash. With a company called Olo, Asian Box is working to integrate all those points of sale into a single system.

Watch the full episode for even more insights into the powers of technology and where we can expect to see it growing in the next few years!

How 3 Different Concepts Get Away With Unorthodox Customer Service

How 3 Different Concepts Get Away With Unorthodox Customer Service

By Justin Dolezal, Foodable Contributor

It's no secret that good customer service is an absolutely vital part of maintaining a successful restaurant or bar concept. With the ever growing number of quality dining options available in most major cities, a restaurant's reputation for customer service can set it apart from the competition, for better or worse. Managers and operators certainly know this, as hours of interviewing and training often go into ensuring that a staff is capable of providing guests with everything they could possibly need, from quick acknowledgment of every guest that enters an establishment to beverage recommendations and meal ingredients. The rise and influence of internet mouthpieces such as Yelp have made maintaining customer satisfaction more important than ever, as potential clientele are able to quickly form an opinion, good or bad, about a spot prior to visiting.

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