Restaurant News Bites: Restaurant Scams, Menus, Social Media

Restaurant News Bites: Restaurant Scams, Menus, Social MediaAn old restaurant scam is making the rounds among restaurants across the nation in a new format. Restaurants are receiving large orders of 100 or more servings of food, with payment through a scammed credit card number. The restaurant is also requested to refund a overage to the customer through mail or wire transfer, and the establishment is left holding the bill when the credit card turns out to be faked.

Independent restaurant consultant Aaron Allen has released his new report entitled the “Top 50 Menu Engineering and Design Tips”. The list contains 50 different ideas and recommendations for making your restaurant’s menu as clear, appealing and exciting as possible. Allen’s firm included research on how the eye processes information according to color, flow and arrangement on a menu page.

The National Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Department is currently conducting interviews and investigations at over 30 national Chipotle Mexican Grill locations. The chain may have hired illegal immigrants without the right to work in the United States. No conclusive findings have been announced, and the chain is complying fully with the investigation.

Restaurants are cashing in on the popularity of social media by letting users access their menu digitally on iPads and Smart Phones instead of paper menus. Guests are also encouraged to Tweet their location and meal choices to friends and family, or check in through FourSquare. Even high end restaurants like The Carlton are using iPads for their constantly changing wine list.

A 20 year old student was struck and killed by a drunk driver in New York, and the state’s laws have found Dave & Buster’s accountable for over-serving the driver. The driver’s blood alcohol level was nearly 3 times as high as the legal limit. Dave and Buster’s will pay a $1.5 million dollar settlement to the parents of the deceased student.

Nick Vojnovic may not be the President of the Beef O’Bradys’ parent company any longer, but he is investing in a new chain that may take off soon. The Little Greek Restaurant chain is still small but wants to make the gyro part of the American fast casual dining scene. He has invested in three locations in Texas and Arizona.

The Miami International Airport now has a new bar and grill location as the Shula’s Bar&Grill has finally opened. Named after the NFL Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, the bar and grill serves a full menu of tavern fare like grilled burgers and appetizers. A full beer and wine list complement the food options. The restaurant is located just past the security check point in the main concourse.

Maggiano’s Little Italy is running their eight annual Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish fundraiser from now until the end of June.  Six special menu items will add $1 to the total donation from the chain to the charity, and patrons can also purchase paper stars to donate $1. The chain hopes to donate funding for at least two wishes for each of their 44 locations.