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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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Kendal Austin

Kendal Austin is the Marketing Manager at Toast responsible for customer and partner programs. After a brief stint in foodservice, Kendal found a passion for marketing technology that solves problems. Her claim to fame: she was a contestant on the Price is Right and lost in the final round.
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Recent Posts

By: Kendal Austin July 24, 2018

5 Ways Restaurant Computer Systems Are Changing in 2019 and Beyond

Restaurant Technology

Restaurants have developed a bad rep for being slow to adapt to change. It took almost 100 years for cash registers..

6 minute read
By: Kendal Austin May 19, 2018

How to Reduce Wait Times in Restaurants With Line Busting

Restaurant Technology  |  Industry News & Trends

Yesterday, I begrudgingly left the line at my favorite lunch spot to go to the restaurant across the street. I was..

7 minute read
By: Kendal Austin May 11, 2018

3 Restaurants Using Kitchen Technology in Unbelievably Innovative Ways

Restaurant Technology

In response to demand for transparency about the food we eat, increasing exposure into where ingredients are..

6 minute read
By: Kendal Austin January 17, 2018

Toast Restaurants in 2017 - A Year in Review

Industry News & Trends

Looking back on 2017, the Toast restaurant community has a lot to celebrate. 21,028,863 pizzas and 14,325,884..

8 minute read
By: Kendal Austin October 25, 2017

How the Soda Tax Could Affect Your Restaurant

Industry News & Trends

Taxation on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), commonly dubbed the "soda tax," has been a hot topic in recent months.

6 minute read