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WHERE to grow your restaurant brand

Whoever coined the phrase “location, location, location” certainly had a good idea. Especially when it comes to restaurants. Location can make or break a restaurant brand. If you are curious on the quote’s reputed author, …

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Don’t make this mistake. It’s a brand killer.

It’s every waitperson’s worst nightmare. A tray full of hot food goes flying in the air like a drunk drone. It’s a Saturday night at a popular new restaurant in Tampa called Ulele. The experience …

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3 low-cost, high-impact branding ideas

The team at Restaurant Branding Roadmap is excited to update you on a few changes. We’ve simplified our blog look. We’ll post new ideas every week. And deliver it to your inbox on Wednesdays. This …

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Airports – How some attract brand fans and why others should fly away

Branding tips from the road warrior. This past year I’ve been to over 50 airports in the US. I’ve seen and experienced the good, the bad and the most disappointing. For a long time airports …

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4 important lessons from CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup”

  I caught up on some of the shows on my DVR one rainy weekend and binge-watched episodes of Restaurant Startup on CNBC. The best way to describe it is a combination of Shark Tank …

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11 branding ideas and lessons I learned in New York City – Part 2

This post is the second part of my 2 part series on things I learned while visiting New York City. If you are just joining in, you will want to check out the prior blog post, too. You can read it here.

4) Have great restaurant name.
My first night out I went to one of my favorite spots in the city, Junoon. Junoon means passion or obsession in hindi. What a great name. The restaurant is the creation of chef Rajesh Bhardwaj who was born in New Delhi and who’s considered a pioneer in Indian cuisine. This place is not your average Indian restaurant; it’s elegant and the food is unbelievable.

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11 branding ideas and lessons I learned in New York City – Part 1

Going to the Big Apple is always a branding blast for me. There’s so much inspiration and creativity and I’m exposed to thousands of amazing brands and their smart marketing work. I learn things that I can often apply to my own business and work.

I was in the city for Fashion Week. If you’re interested in fashion, you might want to read my other general marketing and branding blog (brandingdiva.com/blog). Over there, I shared specific insight on how fashion branding is evolving and influencing other branding categories.

Back to restaurant, hospitality and food branding insight.

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Floor to ceiling restaurant brands.

Your restaurant brand is the sum of all you do. It’s the culmination of your actions, the product you deliver, the service you provide and the experience you create. An important part of this experience is derived from the restaurant’s environment and the décor elements that are chosen to best reflect the brand’s story.

As I travel around the world and visit restaurants I’m always impressed when restaurateurs use their creativity from floor to ceiling to express their brand.

Interesting materials and attention-grabbing design treatments on the ceiling and floors not only can help you stand out; they can become memorable brand assets that stick in the minds of your customers to further differentiate you from other restaurants.

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5 important things I gained from the movie “The Chef”

If you’ve not seen the indie movie The Chef written, directed and staring Jon Faveau, add it to your must-do list today. It’s fun, entertaining, makes you feel good and shares some momentous lessons for …

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