Open Dining Blog

Developments and thoughts on the Open Dining platform, online ordering, and the food service industry.

4 Ways Restaurants Can Boost Customer Lifetime Value

Customer lifetime value (CLV) can have a dramatic effect on your restaurant's financial health.  Focusing on CLV, instead of looking just at revenue and cost breakdowns, provides a unique perspective on ways to drive success.

So, what are some ways to increase lifetime value?

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6 Signs Your Back of House Restaurant Staffing Needs a Reboot

Back of House

Now that you know how hiring mistakes can have a negative impact on your business, let's dive into the back-of-house first!

Proper restaurant staffing within the back-of-house team is vital to a restaurant's success -- there's a good reason why so many owners also run their own kitchens.  Not only does the food have to be excellent, it also has to be consistently-prepared in a timely manner.  The kitchen has to withstand peak hours and dig out of the weeds night after night.  It's notoriously a high-stress environment, so managing restaurant staff for the back-of-house should be a top level priority.

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Tim Ridgely 16 June, 2017


Restaurant Menu Calorie Counts: An Overview

As of May 5th, 2017, the US FDA will require certain restaurants and food service establishments to provide calorie counts on menus, and in-depth nutritional information upon request. We've noticed some confusion and misconceptions around the new requirements. Here we'll provide clarification around key concepts and requirements for restaurant owners/managers and walk through some of the questions we're most frequently hearing.  

For more information, we recommend heading over to the FDA Industry Guidance.

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Tim Ridgely 26 April, 2017

6 Ways Hiring Mistakes Can Negatively Impact Your Restaurant

You use the finest ingredients. You've secured a premier location. The menu is spot-on. Your branding and marketing is on point. You account for food and labor costs, and profits are all but assured.

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Tim Ridgely 13 April, 2017

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Customer Lifetime Value: An Introduction for Restaurants

Customer lifetime value (CLV) is one of my favorite metrics.  It's also one of the more difficult metrics to properly gauge, understand, and utilize.  So let's dig in!

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