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Generate Your Own Trendy Bar Menu in 2 Seconds

~~ This cracked me up and has more than an ancient grain of truth! This hilarious site will generate a trendy “Brooklyn” bar name and menu with a click.  This would also apply to our Chicago neighborhood Logan Square! Or anywhere “bison waffle with frightened sardine” would not be out of place on a menu.

~~ Thanks to Anne and Roger for passing this along.

~~ Have a great week everyone!

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Taco Bell Planning to Sell Alcohol – Here’s the Drink Menu!

~ Now that Taco Bell is applying for a liquor license for its new location in Chicago’s Wicker Park, here are my Top 5 suggestions for the new TACO BELL DRINK MENU

~ Tacosmopolitan

~ Nacho Father’s Bourbon

~ MargaGordita

~ Beerito

~ QuesaTequila

~ Read about the new plans for the Alcoholic Taco Bell here thanks to Eater Chicago.

Cheers, and burp!



Look out Cronut, Chicago’s invented the Wonut.

Our good friend Alex Hernandez serves up friendly creative breakfasts at his hit South Loop restaurant Waffles. One of his neighborhood secrets is the “Wonut,” a combination waffle and donut. Now the secret is out as Alex has trademarked his Wonut creation and is opening a kiosk at Chicago’s Water Tower Place, and looking to further expansion of the Wonut concept. Having enjoyed a Wonut I say, watch out Cronut, and best of luck to a Chicago restaurant entrepreneur!

Alex Hernandez and his trademarked “Wonuts” are catching on like Chicago fire.

First reported in Crain’s Chicago Business, Alex’s Water Tower Place Wonut Kiosk is set to open November 25.  Read more at Eater Chicago.

Best of luck to Alex on sharing his amazing treats with Chicago and the world!

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Today: Qdoba dumps a truckload of coins for customers to scoop up

Scoop up your free nickels and dimes today, as Qdoba adds  free ‘extras’ to the menu

To promote its new stand against “nickel-and-diming” customers, Qdoba on Friday will send a dump truck filled with nickels and dimes to an empty lot not far from its Denver headquarters. It will dump the coins in the lot, and let consumers scoop them up by the cupful for keeps.

The change dump is a stunt to publicize a move sure to be watched carefully in the restaurant business:  Qdoba will no longer charge extra for guacamole, which previously cost customers $1.19 to $1.50 per serving, queso (a hot three-cheese dip) that used to cost $1; fajita vegetables that went for 69 cents; and chile BBQ sauce that also cost 69 cents.

These sound like small numbers but can make the difference between profit and loss for quick service restaurants on some orders.  It truly is a “nickel and dime business!”

“We heard complaints from guests and from team members,” says Tim Casey, brand president of Qdoba Mexican Grill. “They view (the extra charges ) as nickel-and-diming them.”

There are few things restaurant customers hate more than paying for extras — particularly millennials.

Read about it here.  Thanks to USA Today.

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Are diners tired of big restaurant menus?

An article in the Washington Post states “Americans Are Tired Of Long Restaurant Menus.” As evidence they show documentation that the number of items on menus is shrinking.

shrinking menus

Problem is, the article citing does not reveal any stats or market research showing customers “are tired of long menus.” Is there any such data? If not, then what could be happening is simply that restaurant companies are tired of long menus. There are many reasons why shorter menus are better for us in the restaurant biz. But are we just assuming the customer agrees?

Here is the article. Comments are welcome!

5 ways to tweak your food and drink menu to turbocharge your social media

edited 9/6/14 with some additional ideas:

Looking for some original ideas to help your restaurant or tavern pump up customer engagement with your social media?  Try using your menus, something almost every customer spends time looking at!  I came up with a few quick ideas, feel free to try them.  And please share your successes and ideas with me.  Cheers!

(1) Have 1 extreme item on your food menu and one on your drink menu, that are irresistible for customers to take a photo and share.  I swear this “bloody mary with a whole chicken” picture showed up dozens of times in my social media feeds.  Even more serious restaurants can come up with something like this – let me know if you need help.

(2) Have at least 1 item customers can customize and take a photo of.  Example: build your own bloody mary, or a dessert sundae that customers can top themselves with several squeeze or sprinkle ingredients.  Have a contest where customers vote on the most creative “build your own” item photo.

(3) Have an additional kids menu item that children can customize and parents take a photo of.  Example: “build your own pizza” that has been successful at 7 of my pizzeria clients’ locations.

(4) Have a photo of each menu item (food and drink) online that people can easily share and list a shortlink to it on the menu next to the item description.  Make it easy for your customers share beautiful pix of your food.  An even better way to do this is through an app your customers can download.

(5) Have a social media posting contest listed right on your menu with a monthly prize of free dinner or some other good value.

A-List Marketing can help you make your restaurant or bar exceptionally successful, contact us for a free consultation!

Bonus Idea: Have a photographer in your restaurant with a step and repeat on a regular basis when it’s busy to take photos of customers they can easily share, and you can post on social media. This photographer can also take food, decor and crowd photos for your website and social media channels.

People love to take photos when they’re out dining in a restaurant. Instead of bitching about it, turn it into a great social media marketing opportunity!