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The Dish, January 29, 2013

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Jan. 29, 2013




Nominate a RFMA member for a 2013 RFMy
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We are very excited to announce the RFMy Awards that will be presented at our general session and awards ceremony March 12 at RFMA 2013. The RFMy awards for 2013 are Calm After the Storm Award, Shooting Star Award, Marvelous Mentor Award, Easy Being Green Award, and Believe It or Not Award. To learn more about these awards and to nominate a RFMA member for an RFMy, click here. Nominations must be fully completed and submitted by Feb. 8. More

Conference Spotlight: HVAC Maintenance Repair or Replace & Planned Replace Initiative
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Another great education session at RFMA 2013 is our HVAC Maintenance Repair or Replace & Planned Replace Initiative technical session with Greg DuChane and Jack Rehder from Trane. One of the largest sources of energy consumption in restaurants is HVAC at about 38 percent. With changes in HVAC in recent years, R22 dropped plus drastically improved HVAC efficiencies, do you really know when to repair or replace aging HVAC? Should you do planned replacements?

Interested in attending this session? Make sure to register to RFMA 2013 from March 10-12 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Fla. RFMA members get a special member rate, so make sure to renew your membership and take advantage of the savings today. Visit our conference website and register now.

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In the Conference Spotlight story in last week's issue of The Dish, Terry Byerly's company name was listed incorrectly. Terry is the manager of facilities for Pizza Hut. We regret the error.

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Timing is everything: Your calendar holds the secret to successful parking lot maintenance
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Winter is here, and some of your parking lots may already be covered in snow. But that does not mean they should be buried on your checklist. In fact, winter is the perfect time to budget and plan for springtime parking lot maintenance repairs. In particular, crack sealing should be at the top of the list. Why? In simple terms, the answer is water. More



Smashburger debuts restaurant makeover    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To say Smashburger's CEO, Dave Prokupek, is comfortable with change is an understatement. In fact, he may even thrive on it and believes changing things up is one reason his chain has thrived since it launched five years ago. The better-burger franchise unveiled its redesign — its third in five years — when it opened its 200th unit in Denver. More

Masonry maintenance: Extending envelope value
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Masonry problems don't have to hit you like a ton of bricks. With an inspection and maintenance plan in place, you'll be able to pinpoint problems before they become severe and expensive to fix. Take these steps so that when you identify an issue, you won't be up against the wall. More

Industry takes notice of pizza franchise on unstoppable growth path    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The combination of innovative financing plans, strategic partnerships and food standards that require fundamentals such as fresh, never-frozen cheese and dough made daily at each location, have contributed to robust growth momentum for Marco's Pizza, quickly making the 325-unit takeout and delivery franchise a force to be reckoned with in the $40 billion pizza segment. More

Accurate and cost-effective outdoor video security
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Designing a surveillance system that is accurate and cost-effective for the outdoors has been a significant challenge for the security industry. However, time-proven technologies are now available that are specifically designed to accurately detect security breaches in a wide range of outdoor environments while addressing the core issue of nuisance alarms. More

Franchise operators get creative with their franchising efforts
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Whether they're attending trade shows or paying visits to existing franchisees, quick-service operators still rely on boots-on-the-ground approaches to recruiting new franchisees. But with the economy still struggling to take off, some brand executives say a little creativity is also needed to attract talented, driven people in 2013. More

Restaurants crave smaller venues
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Some restaurant chains are adopting a novel strategy for growth: getting smaller. The sluggish economy, difficulty obtaining loans, and the prospect of rising labor costs due to the federal health care overhaul are pushing some chains to downsize stores so they can better attract new franchisees and open more restaurants profitably. More

Restaurant industry grew by nearly 4,500 units in 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There were 4,442 more restaurants in the U.S. in fall 2012 than there were in fall 2011, according to a recent U.S. restaurant census conducted by The NPD Group. The total number of U.S. restaurants is now 616,008, a 0.7 percent increase over last year. More

Diners switch from wine bottles to glasses, entrees to appetizers
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Restaurant and bar patrons cheaped out last year, swapping expensive bottles of wine for more affordable single glasses, ditching entrees for appetizers and sides and even passing on dessert. Though consumer spending is ticking up, the unstable economy and high food prices have kept diners wary of hefty checks. More


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