The World Wide Web is a treasure trove of information and one that is completely free to peruse. Everything that a restaurateur wants or needs to know is on there; it’s just a matter of looking it up.
But the sheer amount of content available can be overwhelming. And often you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for until you stumble upon it. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of eight of the finest blogs on the internet for those in the restaurant biz. These blogs cover every aspect of the restaurateur experience, helping to keep you on the leading edge of your industry.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look.
1) The Tip Jar by GrubHub
GrubHub sells itself as a food ordering guide, but their blog – The Tip Jar – is a fantastic read for a variety of reasons over and above ordering. They offer a huge array of restaurant management material, from “tips to building your email list” to “top restaurant podcasts to listen to.” What’s more, the content is beautifully presented.
2) Restaurant Den
A marketing-centric restaurant blog that guides restaurateurs through the confusing advertising maze of the digital age, Restaurant Den is the perfect place to go if your main marketing strategy is still feeding menus under apartment block doors. If you’re finding the world of digital marketing a tricky one to get your head around, this blog is the one to follow.
Zomato (Urbanspoon) is the bane of many a restaurateur’s existence. The restaurant review site can be a cruel mistress, slicing your profits as quickly as it can boost them. But that aside, they do offer a blog with some excellent advice on what makes a successful restaurant, and tips on how to climb the rankings in your area.
Reserve is a real up-and-comer in the digital hospitality space, changing the way people make reservations online. But their innovativeness doesn’t stop there – their blog is a terrific mix of great general advice and incredibly specific tips and tricks for restaurateurs. They update frequently, and the layout is a pleasure to navigate. Have a scroll through the archives and see what you can find!
While certainly not a restaurant-specific site, the sheer depth of content on Entrepreneur makes it worth mentioning. You could be looking for advice on the most specific aspect of restaurant management that you could think of, and more than likely Entrepreneur will have about three different articles on it. What’s more, they take you out of the restaurateur bubble, and allow you to borrow ideas from other industries and try them for yourself.
6) Restaurant Business Online
On the other end of the scale, if you’re after more specific advice than Entrepreneur offers, Restaurant Business Magazine keeps you, the restaurateur, at the heart of everything they do. All of their posts are centred around running a restaurant, with marketing, management, menu and some other m-word all covered in detail.
While the glitzy subject of restaurant marketing gets a lot of blog airtime, restaurateurs will generally have just as many questions about their software systems. Thankfully, the team Ctuit have seen to it that this aspect of running a successful restaurant is covered. A blog that surveys the restaurant tech landscape, it’s choc-full of ideas to get your restaurant running smoother.
8) The Restaurant Expert
The Restaurant Expert is a restaurateur training organisation that aims to get restaurant owners to the peak of their management powers. And while their full gamut of seminars and training material is well worth investing in, their free blog is by no means a token gesture. It’s full of brilliant advice for restaurateurs, all for the grand total of zero dollars and zero cents.
The internet seemingly has the answer to everything, including how to make your restaurant a resounding success. It’s just a matter of separating the helpful advice from the unhelpful. And with these eight blogs as a starting point, you’re well on your way to doing just that.