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November 13, 2012 Dish

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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Nov. 13, 2012





Just 1 week left to submit your nominations
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We invite you to send us your recommendation for candidates to be considered by our nominating committee to serve as directors-at-large on our 2013 board of directors. We are looking for members with a strong background in restaurant facilities, who are leaders as well as team players and strategic thinkers. These candidates should be prepared to commit time and energy to help lead RFMA into the future, but they will get much more in return as they build relationships with other industry leaders. We have openings for three restaurateurs to serve a three-year term. You can recommend up to two people and each must be a current restaurant member in good standing. Click here to access the online recommendation form. You must be logged in to complete the form. Online forms must be submitted by Nov. 19 to be accepted.

Do not hesitate to call Tracy Tomson at 972-805-0905 or email if you have any questions.

It's not too late to register for the Peer to Partner Call
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Take time to benchmark, discuss and gain knowledge with your peers and vendor partners. We will be discussing predictive budgeting on our first call. Please join us on the call from 2-3 p.m. EST Nov. 16. You must be registered to participate in the call. To register for this event, please visit our website or click here.

Interested in writing? Contribute to our Facilitator magazine or submit a white paper
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The Facilitator and white-paper submissions are welcome year-round. Take a look at the writer's guidelines or our white paper submission guidelines in our resource library for more details, or click here to go directly to guidelines.

Have you renewed your RFMA membership yet?
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Many of you received a notice that your RFMA membership will expire soon, and we at RFMA want to make sure the renewal process is as easy as it can be for you. The easiest way to renew your membership is to log on to our website at and renew your RFMA membership online under the JOIN/RENEW tab.

Forgot your password to log in to the website? No problem at all. Simply log onto our website at and click "Forgot Password?" under the login section. Enter either your email address or your username, and a password reset email will be delivered to your inbox.

RFMA 2013 registration
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Early bird registration is still available, but time is running out! Make sure to take advantage of the $100 registration rate for RFMA restaurant members before Dec. 15. To register, please visit our website at See you in Orlando.





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Nov. 16

Peer to Partner Platform Call


March 10-12

RFMA 2013 Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.



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Are you in compliance?
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The Americans with Disabilities Act's Standards for Accessible Design were revised this year for the first time in 20 years. The final changes went into effect March 15. Do you know what they are and how they affect your facility? As a civil rights law, the ADA is enforced differently than building codes. More


Sandy offers lessons to restaurateurs
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For many of New York City's 24,000 restaurants, the work after Hurricane Sandy has just begun: a long-term overhaul that could change much about the way restaurants operate, even those untouched by the storm. Owners are re-examining their buildings' infrastructure and architecture. They are questioning their industry's tradition of placing kitchens and refrigerators in basements. For the first time, many are realizing a need to set up backup power, communication systems and transportation networks. More

8 simple rules for renovation
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Largely in an effort to keep stores fresh and relevant in an era of heated competition, brands big and small — from McDonald's and Wendy's to Togo's and TCBY — are rolling out remodeled restaurants. Alongside menu, value, customer service and convenience, store environment has gained increased traction as a critical business element. Companies intent on executing a systemwide remodel can follow eight guidelines to enhance franchisee cooperation, excite operators and ultimately be successful. More

Restaurants find that upscale food, not deals, lures diners
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During the recession, offering deals on meals was key to getting patrons into restaurants. These days, that may no longer be the case. Combo packages and value menus don't have the same allure for customers that they had in the downturn, according to research company NPD Group Inc. Deal-driven traffic has declined over the last two years, while the number of consumers paying full price has increased 1 percent each year. The situation was reversed three years ago. More

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Power supplies may be inconspicuous and literally out-of-sight, however, they play a critical role in the effective functioning of security solutions. Selecting and using the right power supply is an important aspect of ensuring that the installed security system delivers the desired outcome and of course, a good ROI. More

Why a restaurant's design is as important as the food
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In the new era of fusion cooking and globe-trotting chefs, what makes or breaks a restaurant is not necessarily the food. It's the design. After all, it's the architect's decision on things like decor, lighting effects and where to place the kitchen that can mean the difference between an enjoyable dining experience or not. More

McDonald's posts rare sales drop, promotions questioned
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McDonald's first monthly global restaurant sales decline in nine years is likely to force the world's biggest hamburger chain to increase promotions for its value menu, but some analysts doubt whether a hyper focus on low prices is the right strategy. The loss of customers to rival chains such as Burger King and Taco Bell is a huge test for CEO Don Thompson, who took over in July when the chain was enjoying a multiyear run of rising sales and profits. More

Wendy's aims to accelerate remodels after Q3 sales lift
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The Wendy's Co. reported a large net loss in the third quarter as it paid down debt, but investments in its "Image Activation" remodeling program have the brand confident it will achieve its growth targets for 2012 and accelerate those plans next year. Much of the brand's focus during its third-quarter earnings call was its re-imaging program, which chief executive Emil Brolick said would give Wendy's credibility to offer a fast-casual-like experience at quick-service pricing and would allow the brand to grow sales and earnings in the future. More

With Obamacare now a reality, employers choose strategies
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Love it or hate it, President Barack Obama's re-election cleared the last major hurdle toward implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Businesses are being forced to take a fast and hard look at how to handle the shift in health care benefits and potential costs that are part of the law that goes fully into effect in 14 months. More


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