Advice for Buying a Restaurant and Selling a Restaurant

Restaurant Brokers Discuss Menu Options for Sensitive Diets

Posted by Dusty Bennett on Dec 13, 2013 3:07:00 PM

On a recent radio show, Restaurant Brokers, Robin and Eric Gagnon interview two industry experts on menu development. Dr. Joy Dubost of the National Restaurant Association and Chef Scott Randolph of Food and Drink Resources tackle food allegies, calorie counts and nutritional standards in the design of today's restaurant menu.   

Kids menus surfaced as one of the top trends for 2014 in a recent survey and that is no surprise.  Sometimes one of the things that gets lost when designing a menu are the kids options.  Today more kids are experiencing food allergies and intolerances.  This makes more parents aware of what their children are consuming.  I still remember when I was a kid, and my dad would take me to the local quick service restaurant and we would get burgers, hot dogs, fries, and soda.  We were careless as kids in what we consumed, well that was many years ago and those days are over and parents have a heightened sense of awareness when it comes to what their children eat.  As a restaurant owner, you must be able to provide nutritious options for children. 

Why is it so important to have these options available for sensitive diets? Well, let’s look at an example:  Say a group of people are looking for a restaurant to stop and eat; one of the couples has a small child that has a sensitive diet.  Not having the available options on the menu to accommodate this issue could result in the lost business of multiple people, not just the individual with the sensitive diet.  Is the industry saying that if you don’t have these options you will not be successful? No.  The industry is only recommending that a restaurant owner and their staff are knowledgeable about different food allergies and intolerances to make the restaurant dining experience for sensitive diet consumers a more enjoyable one.

Dr. Dubost discusses the growing trends in restaurants offering more options that appeal to individuals that suffer from food allergies and intolerances.  As a restaurant owner, you want to have control over what items are being produced in your kitchen and how to educate your staff when they are presented questions on accommodating individuals who suffer from food intolerance.

Chef Scott Randolph offers up expertise on what kitchen staff and owners can do to get the information necessary to make their restaurants more accommodating.  You do not have to go out and hire a chef or a full-time nutritionist, but it may be good to consult these types of experts a few times a year to analyze your menu options to make sure you are knowledgeable about the most current trends.

National Restaurant Association resized 600It is also important to note that there could be legal ramifications for restaurant owners if they chose not to train their staff on food allergies and intolerances.  The Food Allergy Research and Education group (FARE) illustrate that there are more than 15 million Americans that are allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish—the eight most common food allergens. In a recent article on the National Restaurant Association website, FARE discusses how restaurant owners can take a more active approach to educating their staff on the importance of knowing food allergies and intolerance. More information can be found here: Protect your business, customers by training staff about food allergies

The We Sell Restaurants radio show broadcasts in the nation’s seventh largest media market.  Listeners can tune in at 12 Noon EST to Atlanta’s AM Talk 920 and Sunday at 1PM on Biz 1190.  The show is also available for immediate download on iTunes. 

We Sell Restaurants is the nation’s largest restaurant brokerage firm specializing in restaurants wanted (restaurants for sale), leasing a restaurant and franchise restaurant resales.  The We Sell Restaurants brand is known nationwide for professionalism, industry knowledge and unmatched service. They can be found online at  The firm is franchising their brand nationwide and has offices in Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Tennessee and South Carolina. 

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Restaurant Brokers Talk Careers in Hospitality On The Air

Posted by Robin Gagnon on Sep 20, 2013 6:18:00 PM

Join the restaurant brokers as they discuss careers in the hospitality industry along with special guests, President of the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) and Founder/ Principal Recruiter for TalentServed. In this first segment, the panel discusses culinary schools, is it worth the cost? The panel explores careers in the hospitality industry (besides chefs) such as food sales, food media, and food truck operator. The panel also discusses how Food Network's glamorization of chefs has contributed to culinary schools ability to attract and retain students. The industry experts share the advantages and disadvantages of "base of career changers" Are people who change their career at the age of 40 less successful than the 18-25 year olds who are just starting out? President of ICE shares the benefits of internships and externships. Stay tuned to learn more about "Careers in the Hospitality Industry".

In this second segment, the restaurant brokers along with President of the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) and Recruiter for TalentServed talk statics. Learn how the restaurant industry is expected to grow between now and 2023. President of ICE talks "talent drain" and how it can drastically affect the restaurant industry.  Recruiter from TalentServed teaches listeners exactly how a recruiter operates and the plus and downside to hiring a recruiter. Learn just how important it is to network in the restaurant industry. It is true what they say, "everybody knows everybody?" Find out by tuning into this second segment of "Careers in the Hospitality Industry".

In this last segment of "Careers in the Hospitality Industry", the restaurant brokers discuss the realities of career changers, culinary schools, recruiters and the forecast of the restaurant industry. Learn why adults typically fall back into the restaurant industry after becoming displeased with their current situation. The restaurant brokers lists the five different types of restaurant owners as listed in their book, Appetite for Acquisition. Is running a restaurant as easy as it looks from the outside? Find out why the restaurant industry is a "lifestyle" business. Stay tuned and learn more about the realities of the hospitality industry from the restaurant brokers, Robin and Eric Gagnon.

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Restaurant Broker Says Colorado Sports Bars Are Winning Big

Posted by Robin Gagnon on Jan 10, 2012 3:06:00 PM

Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos success is paying off forColorado Sports Bars. That's according to restaurant broker John Jordan of We Sell John Jordan edited photoRestaurants Colorado.

Colorado sports bars are celebrating along with the fans after Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos pulled off an unbelievable overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Colorado restaurant broker John Jordan with We Sell Restaurants reports that sports bars in the Colorado front range are experiencing record sales results on the heels of the Broncos success. 

The Broncos started the season with one win in their first five games and had the looks of a rebuilding year. When Coach John Fox made the switch to Tim Tebow something magical started happening both on and off the field. Now sports bars are feeling the wins as Colorado bars and restaurants feed those hungry for more wins and thirsting for a playoff victory.  The Broncos finished the last eleven games with a 7-4 record and won the AFC West division. With a six game winning streak and some miraculous comeback victories the Broncos started making believers out of not just the city of Denver, but the entire nation.  The 6 pm (MST) start rematch against the New England Patriots on Saturday will score another win for bars and restaurants across Colorado. Timing couldn't be better says restaurant broker John Jordan.  They expect to be packed with people partying, drinking, eating and waiting to see how the Broncos end the season for the Patriots.

Dean Neni, owner of a local sports bar (Parkway Grill) in Aurora says “ Every seat, every bar stool was full one hour before and for hours after the game. It was crazy, it is so good for the Colorado economy and  all the local sports bars and restaurants throughout the state.”

Vaso Anest, owner of Servinos Underground, a 500 seat sports and entertainment club in Parker says, “ It has been awesome, I love Tebow. We are adding a 120” HD projection screen for the game Saturday and are going to add another one if they win Saturday. We will have great food and drink specials including 25 cent wings so come on down and party for the game and dance the night away with live rock and roll with Under The Radar when the game ends.”

Restaurant broker and Franchise Partner, John Jordan can be found online at

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