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The Dish, August 12, 2020

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2020



August 12, 2020






Vendor members, LAST CHANCE to update info for the 2020 Buyer's Guide

RFMA’s 2020 Buyer’s Guide will be featured in our upcoming Oct/Nov Facilitator magazine. Every current RFMA vendor member company will receive a FREE company listing within the guide featuring:

  • Company name
  • Address
  • Website
  • Phone number
  • Company description
  • 5 vendor categories

This information will be pulled from the Primary Vendor Member's SocialLink profile.

Log in today to make sure your company's information is update to date. You must update your profile by THIS FRIDAY, August 14th.

Want to enhance your listing?
Click here to view and purchase an enhancement to your 2020 Buyer's Guide company listing.

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Stay connected with your peers, attend these upcoming virtual events!

RFMA-U Webinar: Is It The Roof Or Is It Mechanical?
Returning to Preventative Maintenance Best Practices in the midst of a Pandemic

Learn from industry experts about maintenance and repair issues likely occurring on rooftops after months of inactivity during the pandemic and how to mitigate them.
When: Friday, August 14th from 1:00 - 2:00 PM CDT


RFMA-U Panel Discussion: COVID-19
Join your RFMA peers as they share their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When: Thursday, August 20th from 11:00 - 12:00 PM CDT
Panelists: Ben Balmages with Taco Bell Corp, Chris Skiles with Panera Bread, LLC, Aaron Tusken, CRFP with Main Event Entertainment

Special thanks to our RFMA-U Panel Discussion: COVID-19 Sponsor, JB Passmore, Inc!

Restaurant Roundtable: Central Region
Join your RFMA Restaurant peers in our virtual Restaurant Roundtable.
When: Thursday, August 20th from 11:00 - 12:00 PM CDT
Topics: Operational & Facilities Changes due to COVID-19 and R&M Cost Controls

Special thanks to our 2020 Restaurant Roundtable sponsor, Corrigo!


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FMs Discuss their New Normal
Promoted by Corrigo, Inc.


As we all continue to navigate our way through COVID-19, what does the new normal look like? Listen to diverse perspectives from The Wendy's Company, Enmarket Stations convenience stores, and a Fortune 500 manufacturer as they explain how they’re managing challenges and handling daily changes.






Food Network chef: How restaurants can survive the pandemic
Robert Irvine writes: I've spent my entire career in restaurants — cooking in them, building them and helping the struggling ones stay afloat. So to say that it has been incredibly difficult to watch as the restaurant industry has been devastated by the coronavirus would be more than an understatement.

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Powerhouse's Step-by-Step Guide for Reopening
Step 1: Call Powerhouse. In this quickly changing environment, Powerhouse is your solution. Our COVID response team is prepared to assist you and your teams with initiatives built around the essential requirements needed to reopen. Let’s get back to business.



Adobe releases contactless menu guide and free templates for small businesses
On Thursday, Aug. 6, Adobe Spark released a comprehensive guide that covers everything small business owners and marketers need in order to implement QR and other touchless efficiencies right now during the coronavirus pandemic. The guide includes offerings from several companies engaged in helping businesses navigate the new shopping/dining environment as well as examples of these new efficiencies in practice.

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The latest US food trend is 1950s nostalgia with the return of carhops
When the coronavirus pandemic shut down his restaurants, Colton Weiss knew that to survive, he would need a creative (and safe) solution to keep serving his customers. So he started thinking like his grandfather. Weiss' grandfather, Mel Weiss, was the first to bring carhop dining — in which waiters bring a restaurant order directly to people in their cars — to San Francisco in 1947.

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How the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped traditional facility manager roles
Laurie A. Gilmer writes: Over the last several months, we have learned a great deal about living and working in a pandemic environment, especially in the world of institutional and commercial facilities. If you had asked me in February about social distancing, I might have thought of something equivalent to emotional or relationship distancing – something one does to manage interactions.

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Introducing Ecotrak's New Partner Referral Program!

Do you know a company who could benefit from a CMMS software that helps automate facilities management while providing asset tracking? Contact us to see how you can start earning today. Learn More


Food distributors, restaurants reinvent business models in a scramble to survive
Restaurant Dive
When the Cork and Barrel Wine Bar in Zionsville, Indiana, closed temporarily during the COVID-19 shutdowns, co-owner Sarah Hine turned the popular gathering spot into a delivery business and a mini grocery store. She partnered with Piazza Produce, a wholesaler in Indianapolis, to sell consumer-sized quantities of everything from filet mignon to milk, buns and produce.

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Product Showcase



We have over 20 years experience in re-grouting commercial kitchens. Our strategy is simple. Cover and protect all surface areas, completely grind out old grout, de-grease, re-grout and cover with plywood until it sets up with no shut down time. We'd be happy to provide you a free estimate






Brinker: Welcome To Our Table

Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) is one of the world’s leading casual dining restaurant companies. Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, Brinker International owns, operates, or franchises more than 1,600 restaurants in 31 countries and two territories under the names Chili’s® Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy®





Ready or not, disaster can strike facilities anytime
Facility Executive
How prepared is your building for the next natural disaster? If the next major hurricane was pointed directly at your area, would you be ready? Or if a wildfire was set to engulf your town, how well are you set up to minimize the effect? While we can’t hold back Mother Nature there are a few things that we can do to ensure the least amount of down time and a speedy recovery.

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Automation proves to be a necessity for restaurants during COVID
Modern Restaurant Management
Months into the coronavirus pandemic, the return to normalcy for the restaurant industry is extremely unlikely. With revenue down, millions of workers laid off and countless eateries closed — many of them permanently — experts anticipate the operational strategy going forward to be driven by innovation and methods for doing more with less.

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New positions available on the RFMA Career Center

Looking for a restaurant facilities job? We have recently added new positions to our career center including Project Manager, Facilities Manager and General Manager/Facilities and Construction. Search and apply for positions, post your resume, reach out to a mentor and access additional resources on our Career Center!

Click here to log in and access our Career Center now!

Does your company currently have any job openings within your facilities or construction departments? Please reach out to if you see or hear about a restaurant facilities position that you feel should be listed within our RFMA Career Center.

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Looking for Vendors? Find them here on RFMA's Vendor Marketplace

RFMA’s Vendor Marketplace is here to guide YOU to an even smarter search. Find products and services relevant to YOUR restaurant facilities company by utilizing our Advanced Search capabilities OR browse by category to discover new vendor partners. Click here to start your search!

Want to advertise in the RFMA Vendor Marketplace? Click here for more information.





Aug 2020

RFMA-U Webinar: Is It The Roof Or Is It Mechanical?
Learn more

Aug 2020

RFMA-U Panel Discussion: COVID-19
Learn more

Aug 2020

Restaurant Roundtable: Central Region
Learn more

Sept 2020

Restaurant Peer to Peer Call: Preparing for Winter
Learn more



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