Operating Safely

RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS RESOURCES

We know that restaurant and foodservice operators across the country are dealing with never-before-seen challenges. This page is built to support you at any stage of reopening, temporarily closing, and safely operating your business under the various guidelines and restrictions you may face. If you are open for dine-in, we have specific resources to help maximize dine-in revenue here. If you’d like to schedule free 1-on-1 time with a Restaurant Operations Consultant, Food Fanatics® Chef or Specialist, you can do it here.

RUNNING A SAFE RESTAURANT

Operating Safely Guide
How restaurants and foodservice operations can adopt safe practices while operating efficiently
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Service without a Smile
How to deliver customer service now and on the other side
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SAFETY BY DESIGN
The new normal needs to blend seamlessly.
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Make It Now Must-Haves
As businesses operate in the post-Covid-19 world, careful considerations of diner perception are more important than ever.
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Moving Forward: Cash Flow Calculator
Unsure of what to do in difficult financial times? This cash flow calculator will help you better understand what your restaurant needs to break even.
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RAMP-UP CHECKLIST
As you prepare to reopen, use this checklist to help you make sure your operation is in order and ready to go.
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5 EASY WAYS TO GO CONTACTLESS
How restaurants and foodservice operations can leverage digital channels to update menus, offer contactless payment and service, and increase sales
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A NEW LESSON PLAN
A pandemic makes college students good for business.
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ANALYZE THIS
7 Ways Big Data Can Help Your Restaurant Increase Profits
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BUSINESS TRENDS
Discover the latest food industry and restaurant trends to help you optimize your operations. Find out what’s cooking in the foodservice industry here.
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Reopening Guidance

Find comprehensive blueprints for every type of foodservice operation to help you strategically reopen in each zone of your operation.

Reopening Blueprint for Restaurants
Discover your guide to the changing landscape of restaurant management, reopening requirements, best practices and more for your restaurant type, post-pandemic. We aim to bring you personalized solutions that fit your
specific needs.
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Reopening Support Signage
Are you reopening soon and in need of safety signage? Get the materials you need to promote your business and keep diners informed.
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RAMP-UP CHECKLIST
As you prepare to reopen, use this checklist to help you make sure your operation is in order and ready to go.
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TEMPORARILY CLOSING

Operators across the country are closing temporarily due to a new surge in COVID-19 cases. Find checklists, webinars and expert guidance to help you ramp down the right way.

P.A.U.S.E.D.
Many operations across the country are temporarily closing dine-in operations due to government restrictions and various other reasons. If you need to close temporarily, we’ve created a comprehensive checklist that will help you prepare to shut down, communicate, close and plan to reopen safely.
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Webinar: P.A.U.S.E.D. 
Many operators are struggling to manage their operations safely, with the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to handle common situations that keep you up at night. What do you do when an employee tests positive? If you’re forced to close your indoor dining room? How should you communicate changes your employees and customers? Get support from our experts.
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Moving Forward: Cash Flow Calculator
Unsure of what to do in difficult financial times? This cash flow calculator will help you better understand what your restaurant needs to break even.
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Ramp-Down Checklist
Preparing for temporary restaurant closure is difficult. This ramp-down checklist will assist you and your staff through every step of the process.
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Lease Renegotiation Strategies in Response to COVID-19
Know your options before you approach your landlord to renegotiate your lease during COVID-19.
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LIVE AND ON-DEMAND WEBINARS

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P.A.U.S.E.D. 
Many operators are struggling to manage their operations safely, with the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to handle common situations that keep you up at night. What do you do when an employee tests positive? If you’re forced to close your indoor dining room? How should you communicate changes your employees and customers? Get support from our experts.
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Reopening Safely: What You Can Do to Prepare
As some states are releasing plans to reopen, our Restaurant Operations Consultants will review tips to help you prepare to reopen your restaurant accordingly.
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Articles and Other Resources

Holiday ScoopTM
The special edition Holiday 2020 Scoop™ features an assortment of innovative products for dynamic family-style dining and wow-worthy dishes. Learn more now.
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Fall Food Fanatics® Magazine
Food Fanatics® magazine is your source for restaurant industry trends, food innovations, and the latest foodservice business tips to improve your bottom line.
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Food Fanatics Magazine: Late Summer 2020
You may be working harder than ever to keep things cooking, but you can’t forget about having an enticing menu that gets diners through your doors – either virtually or on-premise. In the late summer edition of Food Fanatics, you’ll learn how to wow them with a seasonal and globally influenced menu that makes it worth leaving home.
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Food Fanatics Magazine COVID-19 Special Edition
The COVID-19 Special Edition of Food Fanatics magazine explores what’s been learned during the pandemic, what experts are predicting, how to leverage what is working for restaurants now, and how operations can emerge after COVID strong, healthy, and ready for what’s next.
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WELCOME TO THE NEW ABNORMAL
Learn what diners want from restaurant and hospitality businesses in a post-shutdown world. Get all the details here.
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THE RESTAURANTS OF TOMORROW
In the new normal, post-COVID, restaurants will need to adapt if they want to stay in business. Find out what it takes to become a restaurant of tomorrow.
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Food Safety and Coronavirus FAQ's from the FDA
Find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the foodservice industry and COVID-19 from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
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Restaurant Reopening Guidance from the National Restaurant Association
Incorporating best practices from ServSafe and direction from the FDA, this guide shares instructions on food safety, health and hygiene, cleaning and social distancing.
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COVID-19 Resources by State from the National Restaurant Association
Find important updates and resources available for your specific state, as tracked by the National Restaurant Association.
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