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Join us in Texas for our May Member Meet-Up!
RFMA
Come strike up a conversation with your peers in the restaurant facilities industry — it's sure to be a ball! Join us at our first Member Meet-up event in 2015 at Pinstack Bowl in Plano, Texas, on Tuesday, May 12, from 4-6 p.m. Registration is $20 and includes bowling, shoe rentals, drinks and appetizers. We hope to see you in Texas!

Click here to register now.
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Our latest Member Get-A-Member iPad winner
RFMA
Congratulations to Rick McMasters with Integra Services Group who won an iPad mini in our final Member Get-A-Member drawing. Rick recruited Phil Byers with Zoe's Kitchen to join RFMA. Welcome to RFMA, Phil, and thanks, Rick!
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Contribute to the June/July issue of Facilitator magazine
RFMA
Are you an industry expert with wisdom and insights to share? Send your story to the Facilitator! The editorial focus and topics for the June/July edition include:
  • Focus: Design, Construction & Disaster Preparedness
  • Topics: Beverage Systems, Disaster Planning, Doors, Energy Management, Kitchen Equipment, Landscaping, Painting, Technology, Ventilation and Windows/Window Treatments/Window Washing
  • Deadline: Editorial is due by Friday, April 24.
To learn more about contributing to the Facilitator, click here.
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Facilitator: Jack of all trades
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INSIDE THE INDUSTRY


Burger King brings back chicken fries, this time for good
Bloomberg
Burger King is bringing back Chicken Fries, the cult item that has appeared sporadically on its menu over the years, in an escalation of its battle with McDonald's Corp. over poultry fare.
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Menuboards and calorie-labeling: Putting it all out there
QSR
Quick-serve operators wrestle with menuboard optimization in light of new calorie-labeling rules. Tom Cook, principal at King-Casey, a consulting firm based in Westport, Connecticut, says there are a few ways operators can optimize their menuboard so that calorie and menu information are presented in such a way that does not burden the customer.
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Restaurant marketing ideas for April
RestaurantNews.com
Restaurant owners and operators are always on the lookout for special events they can use in their online and offline marketing efforts. In addition to Tax Day and Easter, April serves up many food-specific days that can easily be worked into any menu marketing plan.
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Email marketing for restaurants: More is more
Business 2 Community
A recent survey has found that for restaurants, email marketing practices are most effective when you offer more images of your menu items — as many as 15 more photos, in fact.
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Spring fever is heating things up for restaurants
Nation's Restaurant News
The restaurant industry is performing well, with recent same-store sales growth rates some of the highest in 10 years. More people have jobs, more consumers are dining out, gas prices are low and the winter wasn't as harsh as the year before.
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5 ways successful facilities leaders prioritize their to-do lists
iOffice
Those who are top in their field are often quite adept at prioritizing their professional (and personal) lives. If not, they usually have a trusted second in command who orchestrates said prioritizing for them. Either way, having your "ducks in a row," so to speak, is key to maximizing your potential.
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Millennial eating demands are splitting in two
USA Today via KHOU
Even as millennials continue to cut back on restaurant visits, restaurant owners are facing a new headache: Millennial eating demands are splitting in two. The problem: Younger millennials are focused on what they eat. But older millennials are more focused on what their kids eat.
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Change my own gaskets?!#!?
[Total Refrigeration Gaskets]
“Change my own gaskets?” you say? “I don’t know how!” Does it seem like your gasket is made into the door? You can’t see any screws or rivets that hold it in place, can’t even figure out how to get it off, much less put on a new gasket?
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Why one franchisee does his research in Las Vegas
Las Vegas NV Blog
The grand opening of a Larry Wilson restaurant is something special. The Moe's Southwest Grill franchisee employees magicians, jugglers, flame throwers and anyone else who might help set his locations apart from the competition. Where does he get his inspiration? Las Vegas, of course.
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Do you have a staff? Here's everything you needs to know about EPLI
D. Albert Brannen
Employers are subject to a plethora of employment-related litigation under state and federal statutes and common law claims. Employment Practices Liability Insurance, or EPLI, can protect employers from these claims, but premiums, deductibles and coverages vary with the terms and conditions of each policy.
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The cost of hiring online
Restaurant Business
Virtual job postings may seem like a savings, but only when matched with the right positions.
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Water + Heat = Scale

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How mobile tech can improve customer experience, employee wages
Pizza Marketplace
More retailers are turning to mobile POS systems to enhance operational efficiency and customer experience, according to Forbes. Mobile POS systems, according to Software Advice, can not only improve operations, but also enhance the customer experience, ultimately increasing tips for your employees even in restaurants where tipping is not the norm.
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More than half of business professionals use mobile payments
Go-Mash
Over 50 percent of business professionals use their mobile phones for payment transactions according to a recent survey by online data and analysis company Timetric.
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What to pay servers for side work
Restaurant Business
In tip credit states, it is important to be sure that employees who do both non-tipped and tipped jobs are paid appropriately for each.
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Common mistakes employers make when navigating occupational health
BizTimes.com
A Wisconsin-based occupational health care service provider — whose largest clients include restaurants — offers insight on the most common mistakes businesses make when they're trying to satisfy their occupational health needs.
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The automated kitchen of the future
Foodservice Equipment & Supplies
Labor costs continue to rise, in part due to higher minimum wage rates. Some industry observers feel that will that force foodservice operators to take a closer to look at labor-saving technology to reduce the number of employees they require.
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ADA: Comprehensive compliance
FacilitiesNet
The life cycle of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for institutional and commercial facilities consists of three separate and equally important components: design it right, construct it right and maintain it right.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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