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60+ Restaurant Industry Statistics for Restaurant Owners in 2018

Are you caught up with the latest facts and figures in the dining world? In this blog, we:

  • Highlight stats in restaurant technology, sales, payment, and more.
  • Bring these statistics to life in a new video.
  • Reveal new findings in Toast’s newest Restaurant Industry Report.


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The 5 Real Reasons You're Losing Restaurant Staff

Employee turnover is at 73% in the restaurant industry. In this post, we will:

  • Explain how to write an all-star restaurant employee handbook.
  • Set clear expectations for new hires.
  • Connect you with a free handbook template to use yourself.


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5 Essentials for Your 2018 Restaurant Marketing Plan

How will you reach new customers this year? This blog post covers:

  • Ways to reach customers online with social media and search ads.
  • Reaching customers at events and in the mail.
  • Engaging new faces with video marketing.


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5 Restaurant Technology Trends + Predictions for 2018 [Infographic]

Restaurants and their guests don’t always see eye to eye when it comes to restaurant tech. Here, we:

  • Identify the gaps between restaurants and diners when it comes to online ordering, reservations, and more.
  • Point out where these two groups share common ground.
  • Connect to additional findings in our Restaurant Technology in 2017 Industry Report.


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7 Restaurant Metrics and How to Calculate Them

Most restaurant owners are math majors. We get that. To help, we:

  • Lay out the 7 key performance metrics to know in a restaurant.
  • Present easy ways to calculate and understand these numbers.
  • Introduce you to a free restaurant metrics calculator


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AJ Beltis

AJ Beltis managed Toast's blog and content library for more than two years. He also started the company's restaurant success podcast, The Garnish. When he's not writing, he's probably watching one of his favorite movies for the 30th time or planning his next road trip. He loves to travel and experience all the different kinds of toast the world has to offer.
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By: AJ Beltis September 7, 2018

5 Trends from New York City Restaurants Impacting the Nation

Industry News & Trends

There are an estimated 26,000 restaurants in New York City,

Countless restaurant concepts and trends — ranging from..

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By: AJ Beltis August 25, 2018

How to Build Out the Perfect Restaurant Recipe Cards [Free Templates]

Menu Management

Recipe cards are an essential asset for the back of house for a few reasons:

  • They provide instruction for new cooks.
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By: AJ Beltis August 21, 2018

8 Innovative Ways to Use Your Restaurant Analytics Platform

Restaurant Technology  |  Restaurant Metrics

Terms like “analytics,” “metrics,” and “reporting” in the restaurant industry usually don't induce a feeling..

8 minute read
By: AJ Beltis August 14, 2018

21 Essential Bartender Training Ideas and Resources

Bar  |  Restaurant Training & Hiring

There are more than 600,000 bartenders in this country alone, and in a workforce that large, there's a clear line..

12 minute read
By: AJ Beltis August 1, 2018

How to Write Your Restaurant Employee Handbook

Restaurant Training & Hiring

According to a new report from Toast, restaurant owners and operators cite hiring, training, and staff retention as..

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