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The Dish, October 22, 2013

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Oct. 22, 2013





Peer to Partner Best Practices Call this Friday
Take time to benchmark with your peers and vendor partners. This month's Peer to Partner Best Practices Call will be on Flooring and Cleaning-Grout & Tile Maintenance. You must be a member of RFMA to participate, and you must register online through our event calendar.

When: Friday, Oct. 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. CDT
Topic: Flooring and Cleaning — Grout & Tile Maintenance

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RFMA Gives 2014 Volunteer Weekend
We are so excited that our RFMA Gives Volunteer Weekend is around the corner. If you haven't signed up and would like to volunteer with us Nov. 2-3 at Dallas Life, please visit our event calendar or click here. All volunteers will also need to fill out an online volunteer form, which can be accessed by clicking here.

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Join us at Golfing for "Gives" Regional Roundup Event in Dallas
We hope you can join us for this unique opportunity to meet and mingle with other Dallas area RFMA members and have fun at the same time. This event is for golfers and non-golfers alike. We will have a private VIP room with food, drinks and multiple bays where our group can gab and golf at this target-style practice range. Come give it a shot and pledge dollars per point you score to support our 2014 RFMA Gives project.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. CST
Where: Top Golf in The Colony, Texas

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Facilitator: Wall-to-wall challenges in keeping carpets clean
Mark Cuddy
Many restaurant owners install carpeting in their facilities because it can help quiet a busy area and add softness and elegance that is often lacking with hard-surface floors. But carpeting does present some specific challenges to take into consideration.

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Planning holiday decor for your facility
Today's Facility Manager
When planning holiday decor for commercial facilities, a good place to start is with a definitive timeline, budget, theme and placement plan that will enhance the building and provide a festive atmosphere for employees and visitors. When making any kind of holiday plan, decorating included, the earlier it is put on the list the better.

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Shaped to sell
Restaurant Business
Baked pastas have stood the test of time at the 217-unit Fazoli's, the Italian quickservice chain based in Lexington, Ky. This fall, Darren Gray, director of culinary innovation, tweaked the formula to create a new LTO: Primo Pizza Baked Sacchetti.

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Wherever you are...We can be!
When your business has multiple locations, coordinating all of them is a massive job. You need one source to get everything functioning as a unified whole and to keep it that way. Source One is that one source.

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Chipotle to raise menu prices next year
Nation's Restaurant News
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. expects to raise menu prices in 2014 to combat higher food costs, the company said. In a call to analysts following the release of strong third-quarter results, officials with the Denver-based fast-casual operator said the higher price of ingredients like avocados, tomatoes, corn, dairy and chicken has cut into margins.

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Shareholder group offers plan to split up Darden
Food Business News
Dividing Darden Restaurants Inc. into three businesses, including two separate restaurant businesses, would allow the company's common stock to trade at a premium of up to 65 percent over the closing price on Sept. 20, according to a Sept. 23 letter from Barington Capital Group, L.P. sent to Darden Restaurants' board of directors.

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Should e-cigarettes be welcome in restaurants?
Restaurant Business
Given that people have such strong feelings about cigarettes, it's surprising that restaurant operators are uncertain about electronic versions.

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5 reasons every business needs job descriptions
D. Albert Brannen
No state or federal law requires job descriptions. However, job descriptions can be helpful tools for employers for both practical and legal reasons.

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2020 Vision: The future of restaurant design
Nation's Restaurant News
By 2020, restaurant architecture and design will embody both high-tech advancements and low-tech hospitality, appealing to a range of customers.

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Parking lots: New battleground in bring-your-gun-to-work debate
The gun lobby has convinced lawmakers in more than 20 states to adopt laws allowing employees to bring guns to work, as long as the firearms remain in their automobiles. Known as "bring your gun to work" or "parking-lot" laws, these measures have angered many business owners, including those running some of the largest companies in the United States, who argue the statutes interfere with company policies and conflict with property owners' rights.

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Just desserts: Baked sweets moving out of the post-dinner shadows
Baked desserts aren't always at the forefront of customers' dining decisions, but that doesn't mean they need to be an afterthought. Cookies, cakes, pies and other sweets have made their way onto menus of all types of limited-service restaurants, giving operators additional sales opportunities during lunch, dinner and, increasingly, snacking periods.

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Digital menu boards offer more than just prices
Digital Signage Today
Digital menu boards are for more than just listing hamburgers and prices, according to a panel discussion at this year's Fast Casual Executive Summit in New Orleans. The dynamic nature of digital signage menu boards opens up a varied menu of capabilities that can provide ambiance and improve the bottom line, digital signage and restaurant experts said.

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Invest in restaurants to invest in tablets
Market Realist
Most people think they must invest in technology companies like Apple or Samsung to profit from emerging technological trends like the touch phone, the tablet and the iPad. But restaurant companies also benefit from finding ways to use tablets to reduce cost increase efficiency and improve customer satisfaction.

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Choosing the right font for your brand
Jessica Taylor
Whether you're coming up with a new business card, brochure or website, fonts can say a lot about your business. Typography helps create an experience for your audience before they read a word.

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How radiant snow-melting systems can expand your business
Supply House Times
Building owners and facility managers are well aware of the importance of proper snow removal — from conforming to ADA rules for safe and easy access to following environmental, health and safety recommendations to providing protection from slip and fall injuries (and lawsuits). A concept for snow removal that eliminates annual maintenance costs and environmental concerns has been gaining ground — literally — in the commercial sector. That technology is called hydronic radiant heat.

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5 tips for commercial property management
Archita Datta Majumdar
According to a recent study by the National Association of Realtors, the earnings for commercial real estate agents are at an all-time high. The market is on the road to recovery, and companies are once again poised for growth and expansion now that global competition no longer overwhelms them. This shows a lot of promise for commercial property management services, which will play a crucial role in the further development of the industry.

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