This week, we are proud to share Chef Tommy’s Flavor Palette! This international sandwich shop has been open in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL for about 7 months. From Moroccan Chicken to Italian Sliced Pork to a Falafel burger, this sandwich shop serves up a multitude of cuisines everyday. Chef Tommy highlights specials everyday that pair well with a specific wine or beer. He claims his experience with Menuat has been “very positive”. Customers compliment his menu boards and he likes that he can easily edit food costs, substitutions, and display pictures. Head to the beach and check him out!
This Clarion Inn location is a full service hotel fully equipped with meeting and event space. It was built in Seekonk, Massachusetts in 1968 and the family that opened it in 1969 are still the current owners. Their digital signage features a local weather widget that many guests enjoy. Because they are an event space, they host weddings and “most brides will take a picture because they love that we feature them.” Clarion Inn is also utilizes social media integration featuring their latest Facebook posts as well as their latest award, the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
Pizza Paddle Co. in Jacksonville, FL is almost ready to celebrate their one year anniversary! This family’s mission is to serve up “UNCOMPROMISING COMMITMENT TO FRESHER, FINER DISHES.” They offer take-out and delivery from open to close and of course walk-ins are more than welcome! Pizza Paddle loves how their digital menuboard screens showcase all items with pictures giving walk-in customers the chance to decide on their meals easily and quickly. Be sure to visit the store for their lunch time special everyday of the week!
There are many components to running a restaurant besides making food and serving it to your wonderful guests. We’ve done some research and pulled the best apps to help owners, managers, and all staff work in a more smoothly run restaurant.
Between managing inventory, making employee schedules, budgeting, and tracking the data from those aspects, one might need a great system.
This is an app that offers templates to track inventory, budgets, and staff schedules. It also creates graphic reports at the tips of your fingers. This app has the ability to be exported into an Excel spread sheet and is cloud based letting the owner bring up the data always up-to-date and on multiple devices.
Creating schedules can be one of the most complicated tasks of restaurant management. You have everything set then someone comes up with a shift they can’t make it to. This app allows staff to easily swap shifts and offers direct messaging to each employee.
POS System and Loyalty Programs-
Of course you could always go old school typing in each menu item price, but these apps offer efficient, user-friendly systems to give workers as well as customers the greatest experience possible. Loyalty programs are also on the rise. Many restaurants still offer cards, but apps are more easily accessible and more fun for a customer to use and see how their loyalty to the business is affecting them.
An iPad based POS system, Revel is one of the greatest. It offers ease of seating, ordering and serving, PLUS catering to the financials of the business. With bill-splitting features, individual employee logins, and social media integration, this system is everything you could want, and more.
This app integrates with your POS system to provide real-time monitoring. It monitors labor costs, sales and payments, key performance indicators and sends alerts when something out of your ordinary day pops up such as a staff member heading into overtime.
Loyalty programs are all the rage now that they are easily accessible and most people are on budgets. This app allows customers to scan codes and earn rewards every visit and the restaurant can customize rewards offerings. Belly encourages fun rewards and builds customer profiles to allow restaurants to offer the most useful prizes.
Many people are often in a rush during their lunch hour or have had a long day and want to head home quickly after work. OrderAhead is a lifesaver in that situation. This app allows the busy people to find the restaurant, order, pay, and set a pickup time at their own convenience. There is also a re-ordering feature for the regulars.
Social Media and Creative
9 times out of 10, restaurants are on social media. This includes managing multiple social media accounts and Hootsuite helps you do that as easily as possible. This app allows you to manage posting times and cross-publish posts and photos.
This app understands that not everyone is Photoshop savvy and provides photo editing and visual branding features at a user-friendly level. It is social media integrated so you can share your brand with the world.
Did you hear about that new restaurant on the moon? No food, but great atmosphere.
Which Star Wars character works at a restaurant? Darth Waiter
How do you know if you’re in love? They steal a pizza your heart.
What type of person doesn’t like pizza? A weirDOUGH.
Why do the French like to eat snails? Because they don’t like fast food
What kind of coffee was served on the Titanic? Sanka
Ever notice that when you serve someone a cold cup of coffee, it makes them boiling mad?
Why do hamburgers make good baseball players? They’re great at the plate
Why aren’t burgers good at basketball? Too many turnovers
Who are hamburger’s favorite people? Vegetarians
Hope you enjoyed!
3 years ago, S’macks Burgers and Shakes blessed Sarasota, FL by spinning off from the other family business, Gecko’s Grill and Pub, introducing the Better Burger concept and serving up its frozen custard and shakes, and award winning fries. They are great neighbors in their community featuring local vendors and serving hormone free food as well as providing more vegetarian options than just the frozen custard (even though it’s pretty great)! Besides the ease of use for pricing changes and feature items, S’macks has also enjoyed social media integration on their menu for almost a year now. Look for their new location popping up in downtown Sarasota in 2017!
Guest speaker!!! Alex is here to offer support tips to everyone!
- Connection issues? If you see a “No Device ID” error on your Menuat screen, this is a sign that the device is not receiving internet signal. The first thing that you should do is run a power cycle, this means turning the power off and on the media player that is giving you this error, the same goes if you have SSSP screens. You also have to make sure your dedicated internet to your Menuat screen is working and the device is receiving this network signal.
- If you are still not sure if the device displaying this connection error is receiving internet, please go to network settings and check that the network status says “connected”.
- If it shows “not connected”, please make sure the wifi is turned on and you have selected your dedicated wifi network from the list. If you do not see your dedicated wifi listed, please make sure you have internet service.
- What to do when your power goes out? Power outages can be very common in fast moving businesses such as restaurants and may cause electronics and networks to malfunction. It is recommended to use a surge protector with a battery power backup, also known as “Uninterruptible Power Supply”. This device will keep any electronic powered on when a power surge occurs just as long as it meets the voltage requirements.
A good affordable Uninterruptible Power Supply we recommend is the APC BE550G: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16842101311
- Would you like to send a software reset to your menus?If you would like to send a software reset to all your menus in order to refresh them without having to contact our 24/7 support line then you can do this by logging into your Menuat Edit dashboard. If you have Menuat Edit unlocked, then you can do this as well as the ability to make instant live edits to your menu. Please do the following to send a reset to your menus.
- Log on to Menuat Edit with your username and password.
- On the top right your will see a gear icon, click on it.
- As soon as the edit page windows appears, scroll all the way down until you see the ”save” button and click on it.
If you do not have Menuat Edit unlocked and would like to add it to your plan, please contact Sean by phone at (904) 495-0616 ext.704 or email him.
MenuatGo is the self-service version of our software that provides customers with everything they need to get started with Digital Menu Boards at an accessible price. MenuatGo is ideal for restaurants that understand the importance of establishing a digital presence in today’s market. With this software you can generate and customize the menu design to your liking. Schedule a Demo Today!
With tons of customization options, there are over 500 different layout options for you to choose from, as well as screens, themes, and fonts.
Once setup is complete, Menuat will ship your pre-configured media players that can plug directly into the back of any television monitor. Service can be easily upgraded at any point to allow full access to Menuat’s Content Management System for unlimited menu changes for as many screens as you need.
Menuat was created to deliver powerful, affordable, and easy to use digital menus to independent restaurants. From the beginning, our passion has been about delivering the power of the Internet to restaurants by connecting the physical environment to the digital world of consumers.
MenuatGo is available for shipping now. Order MenuatGo today by calling Stewart Fletcher at (904) 495-0616 x703 or email Stewart here.
For more information Schedule a demo with a member of the Menuat Team.
Cool Moose has been proudly serving customers since the summer of 1998. Located in the Riverside area of Jacksonville, FL, they serve breakfast and lunch daily. With the wide variety of coffee flavors and the cozy atmosphere, you might find customers reading and snacking on a pastry while enjoying a mug of their favorite coffee. “Menuat has given us the opportunity to make on the fly changes to our menuboard,” says Laurie Jarvis. They adopted digital menuboards in 2014 not only displaying daily specials in store, but connecting the menu to the Cool Moose website allowing guests and staff members to check out the specials while they’re still at home. Make sure to stop in and grab a cup of coffee if you’re in the Riverside area!
Ben is our frontend engineer and lead developer here at Menuat. After beginning his career with six years of restaurant management experience, he took a break to study Creative Writing and Information Science at the University of South Florida. During a college internship with multinational startup Unthink, he developed a passion for web technology, emerging trends in interaction design, and startup culture. Ben’s specialty is developing responsive, platform agnostic applications by leveraging open web technologies. During his free time, Ben embraces web developer stereotypes by playing video games and sharing photos of his cats.