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The Dish, August 6, 2013

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Aug. 6, 2013




Boost profits with EnergySTAR for restaurants
When: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2-3 p.m. EDT
Register: Register online

Although restaurants use up to five times more energy per square foot than the average commercial building, improved energy performance has not improved as much as it could. EnergySTAR® is a proven set of tools that can make a big difference. In this free webinar, these questions will be answered:

  • What is (the new) EnergySTAR® certification for restaurants?
  • Why will it be valuable for restaurants to earn this certification?
  • What best practices have been proven (by the Department of Energy) to cut energy costs in your restaurant?
  • What are the top 5 actions you can take between now and Labor Day to save money this year?

Panelists include Richard Shandross, associated director, Energy, Navigant Consulting; Russell Subjinske, senior director, Energy, Wendy's Quality Supply Chain Co-op; and Jason Roeder, director, Energy Services and Products, Powerhouse Dynamics.

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3 upcoming RFMA events
Join other Chicago-area RFMA members for RFMA on the Lake
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 5-7 p.m.
Where: The Clubhouse at the Burnham Park Yacht Club

Females in Facilities Leadership Lessons
When: Friday, Aug. 16
Featuring: Debbie Nelson, Director of Facilities at Red Lobster, and Maryella Pegnato, President & Co-Founder of Building Power, LLC

Bowling with the Board
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Lucky Strikes Lane, Phoenix

To register for any of these events, visit or click here.

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Welcome new RFMA members
Click here to see the complete list of restaurant and vendor members who joined RFMA in July, including these new restaurant members: Steve Blevins with Panda Restaurant Group, Inc., Ann Shuley with Uno Restaurant Holdings Corp., Sara Phinney with Emerald City Pizza Hut and Marc Champagne with Not Your Average Joe's.

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Facilitator: What's happening in the industry?
The restaurant industry and facility management sector offers a dynamic landscape, with constant innovation, updates and changes. Stay informed about the latest moves in the industry!

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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.

Got Grease? — Get Endura!

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7 ways restaurants can take advantage of mobile
Restaurants and food outlets are among the businesses that stand to benefit most from the boom in mobile search, as dining out is often an impulse decision made on-the-go. In a recent survey of nearly 1,500 smartphone users by SinglePlatform, 81 percent of consumers reported they searched for a restaurant in the past six months using a mobile app, while 92 percent did so through the mobile Web.

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Next-gen electrical
Today's Facility Manager
With rapidly growing energy demand and expanding requirements in modern electrical distribution systems, there is an increasing call for approaches in coordination, configurability, monitoring and maintenance that will help facility managers better control and maintain their electrical distribution systems properly.

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Automation Armageddon: How LEDs could disrupt building automation
Automated Buildings
Anyone paying attention to LED technology and its cost drivers knows that LEDs have the potential to thoroughly disrupt the lighting industry. What's not so obvious is that the transition to LEDs for lighting may also disrupt the rest of the building automation industry.

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Bear steals leftovers at Colorado restaurant
Sky News via Yahoo News
A brazen bear has been caught on camera serving itself a to-go order — by swiping a dumpster from the back door of a Colorado Springs restaurant.

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FDA names supplier in Cyclospora outbreak
USA Today
The outbreak of an intestinal disease has been linked to a restaurant salad mix provided by the Mexican subsidiary of a U.S. foodservice company.

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Debunking the 6 myths of equipment leasing
The Lessors Network
With equipment leasing comes tax benefits, the ability to upgrade equipment more frequently and potential growth through appropriate equipment.

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10 tips for reducing the risk of employment-related litigation
D. Albert Brannen
This article offers tips for minimizing or avoiding employment-related liability. These tips apply even to employers who may not have enough employees to be covered by the major federal employment laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Family and Medical Leave Act.

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Recruiting and training talent in the fast-paced foodservice industry
Hotel Business Review
With turnover rate in the foodservice industry skyrocketing over most other industries, attracting and retaining top performing employees is intrinsic and crucial in today's fast-paced world.

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Are you running your stores, or are they running you?
Harry J. Friedman
Have you ever felt, as the owner or manager, that salespeople think they have the right to run your business? A great manager or owner is sometimes the one who doesn't have anything to do all day long because the employees know exactly what needs to be done, and they get it done. But what happens when salespeople are overstepping their bounds?

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Energy Management Best practices

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Yelp acquires online restaurant reservation startup SeatMe
Tech Circle
Yelp Inc., the U.S.-based company that owns and operates the business directory and review site, is in the process of acquiring the restaurant management system startup SeatMe for $12.7 million in a cash-and-stock deal. Launched in March 2011, SeatMe's Web app enables restaurant owners to add online reservation systems to their own sites or Facebook pages. Once that is in place, restaurants can facilitate online reservations, manage the restaurant floors and track their walk-in guests.

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Denny's to focus on menu, design improvements
Nation's Restaurant News
Denny's Corp. will continue to focus on non-breakfast items, limited-time offers and its restaurant redesign program, company officials said as they discussed second-quarter results.

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Dunkin' will open 19 new restaurants with franchise group
Restaurant News
Dunkin' Brands, home to two of the world's most recognized and loved brands, is partnering with Sizzling Donuts LLC, for 18 traditional Dunkin' Donut restaurants and one Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin-Robbins combination location in communities throughout southern Texas. The first restaurant is planned to open in 2014 and the remainder by 2018.

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Friendly's restaurants bought, some will close (WBNG-TV)
To survive in 10 years, your business will need… (Emma Fitzpatrick)
Avoid OSHA fines (Texas Restaurant Association)

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