Understanding Restaurant Business Drivers

There are only two ways that you can organically grow restaurant same store sales year-over-year. 1.       More transactions 2.       Higher ticket Yes, it’s that simple. You can only grow restaurant sales organically by increasing transactions or ticket average. The real genius is figuring out how to attract more customers with initiatives that create traffic to…

Preventing Foodborne Illness – Glove Usage

Last month, we talked about proper handwashing. The next step in helping to prevent foodborne illness is proper glove usage. Gloves are available either as latex or vinyl, and powdered or powdered free. Preference is up to the Chef and staff, however, some people have a latex allergy, or can develop one with use. Gloves…

The Best Water in the World from Hawaii for Hawaii

Living Aloha & Being Pono Hawaii Volcanic Beverages is proud to announce the successful statewide launch of its ultra premium naturally alkaline artesian water brand.  The healthy and delicious Volcanic mineral water comes from a protected, deep and sustainably abundant aquifer on the Big Island located on the slope of the massive and ancient Mauna…

A Love Letter to Straws – by Hawaii Dental Service

What would a tropical drink be without these decorative devices? Whether crazy or straight—straws certainly don’t suck. Other than the 24 hours following tooth removal, we don’t see any reason to skip on straws. Here’s why we love them:   Straws keep cavities out. Sweet and sour make a good team for your takeout order—not your…

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month!

We have quickly approached the anniversary of the Hepatitis A outbreak that affected our local, Hawaii community back in May of last year. This was a [detrimental occurrence] that weighed heavily on local restaurants; seriously impacting sales, staffing, and, in some cases, the ability to gain customers. With May being Hepatitis Awareness Month, it is…

HRA Staff participate in LEI event at the Hawaii Convention Center

On April 18, HRA executives and staff attended the LEI event at the Hawaii Convention Center to promote the Hawaii Restaurant Association Educational Foundation ProStart program. LEI is a HTA-sponsored workforce development project created by ClimbHI to inspire Hawai’i’s youth to select careers in the Hawai’i visitor industry by providing them with the necessary means…

HRA April Membership Mixer Recap

On April 25, over 80 HRA members and guests gathered at The Brewseum in Honolulu and learned why it’s called “Honolulu’s Best Kept Secret.”  This one-of-a-kind establishment uniquely displays various original war and Pearl Harbor memorabilia. The museum was a perfect venue for HRA members to network and exchange business cards while enjoying the on-site…

New Member Profile: Pineapple Printz

How to increase your brand identity and bottom line with logo apparel Investing in retail apparel – the DOs and DON’Ts Hawaii is a tourist economy and t-shirts are the easiest most sought out souvenirs to bring home. Many successful restaurants, from individual to chains, promote their business through retail apparel sales. There are three…

New Member Profile: VALPAK

Keeping your restaurant busy and profitable is a big job. Valpak can help! We can connect you to your customers with everything from print ads, web pages, to online and mobile coupons. We have a long history of helping to fill restaurant tables. For over 30 years Valpak has been mailing coupons to consumers to…