Don’t Let Work Be a Pain in the Back

In the restaurant industry, you are particularly susceptible to back and neck pain or injury due to the long hours you spend on your feet with the weight of supplies and food trays that are constantly being carried around. This is the single leading cause of disability across the world so don’t let your work…

Proper Thawing Procedures

The last time, we talked about proper cooling procedures, and that’s one of the most dangerous procedures in a restaurant if done incorrectly. It’s also one of the things in a restaurant that is most difficult to do correctly and consistently. Today let’s talk about something not quite so dangerous and very straightforward, the four…

New Member Profile: FiveStars Loyalty, Inc.

Something is changing — a powerful movement where all businesses, large and small, are shifting focus. Instead of prioritizing acquisition and burning through new customers, businesses are doubling down on their current customers, improving the customer experience, and successfully increasing repeat business. How? By making loyalty marketing a focal point. 2016 was a pivotal year…

New Member Profile: Pop-A-Lock

Have you ever locked yourself or one of your employees out of the office, the storeroom or the walk-in freezer?  No need to fear as Pop-A-Lock is here and available 24/7 to service the security needs of Oahu’s restaurant industry.  Pop-A-Lock specializes in lockouts, rekeying, lock repair and replacement for your home, car and place of…

4 Health Concerns a Healthy Mouth Can Help You Avoid

Taking care of your smile is important to staying healthy. Find out what health concerns a healthy mouth may help you avoid: Endocarditis Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of the heart, and occurs when bacteria from another part of the body spreads through the bloodstream. Gum disease increases the amount of bacteria in…

Fast food just got faster: How payments technology is reshaping the restaurant industry

The payments industry continues to make consumer experiences easier than ever, and the dining experience is no exception. Whether grabbing lunch in between meetings or a coffee before work, customers often choose restaurants based on speed and convenience. New payment technologies adhere to consumers’ fast paced lifestyle needs, causing restaurant owners to consider quick integration.…

The Fragile Balance

If you are reading this, and you’re a restaurant owner or manager, then you know this. But for those on the outside looking in, the restaurant business is NOT as profitable as you may think. Margins are very tight and fluctuate from time to time. First off, this is the only business with a 50%…

Announcing New Restaurant of the Year Award

Each year, HRA recognizes the best of the best in Hawaii’s food service industry at the annual Employee Appreciation and Excellence Awards. The 2017 awards will be held on March 20 at the Kahala Hotel and Resort. For more information and to purchase a table or tickets visit:  https://hra3.wildapricot.org/event-2430305 This year we are excited to…

HRA January Membership Mixer Recap

On January 23 over 50 HRA members and guests gathered on the lanai at Outback Steakhouse in Hawaii Kai for the first membership mixer of 2017. Thank you to Tyler Roukema for hosting us and to Hawaiian Paradise Coffee for coffee to end the evening on a high note.  Pacific Digital Signs demo’d their social…

American Heart Month – Promote Heart Healthy Meals

February is American Heart Month, which creates a great opportunity for restaurants to help spread the awareness about preventing heart disease. One important role that the restaurant industry plays in this awareness is to be able to promote heart healthy meal options to their customers. Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or managed…