Last week, Johnson & Wales University in North Miami inaugurated its Zest awards at a private reception. The university in partnership with Miami Magazine gave awards to local restaurants, chefs and other food and beverage professionals in five categories; culinary innovator, best restaurant 2012, newcomer chef of the year, baking and pastry innovator, top beverage professional and community nominee. Winners were chosen by culinary instructors from the university, members of the university’s epicurean society and a food writer from the magazine. Continue reading “Some Local Zest” »
Congratulations to Prime Italian for being named one of the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants. OpenTable an online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation announced the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in the United States this week. These awards reflect the combined opinions of nearly five million reviews submitted between March 1, 2001 and February 29, 2012, by verified OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Continue reading “Prime Italian is One Hot Spot!” »
Tropical Acres Steakhouse will celebrate its reopening on Tuesday. Six months after a fire severely damaged Broward County’s oldest steakhouse, the owner and staff are finally ready to open their doors again. The restaurant first opened in 1949 at the same location it is today: 2500 Griffin Rd, Dania Beach. This popular family-owned restaurant was closed down Aug. 29, after a piece of laundry equipment sparked a blaze that destroyed the kitchen and caused extensive water damage to the dining room and banquet facilities. In total, more than 17,000 square feet were destroyed at a cost of more than a million dollars.
Since the fire, owner Jack Studiale said the restaurant has received more than 1,000 notes and emails from customers who miss the place. Continue reading “Back and Better than Ever” »
Mass media advertising can be expensive, and it’s not that effective for a small business. Local store marketing is definitely the way to expand your brand name and business. Using local tactics to build a strong and loyal customer base in the 3–5-mile trading area around your locations will have much more impact. There are three primary elements of a good local-store marketing program: partnerships, personal selling, and public relations. Continue reading “The Three P’s of Local Marketing: Partnerships, Personal Selling and Public Relations” »
Customers who enter Billy’s Stone Crab are in for an unforgettable experience. Voted “Best Stone Crabs” by the New York Times, the Zagat-rated restaurant is not only famous for their fresh seafood, which would satisfy even the most discriminating culinary palette, but also for the unparalleled atmosphere and touch of old Florida whimsy.
The special ambiance at Billy’s Stone Crab harkens back to the golden age of Hollywood glamour. Guests may choose to dine in the upscale dining room, decked with green walls, wood paneling and vintage photographs of Hollywood stars. While enjoying the fresh stone crabs or other favorite Florida seafood dishes, customers also enjoy a magnificent view of the Intracoastal Waterway. The indoor dining area is perched on the second-floor, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the nightly yacht parade.
For a more low-key experience, guests can eat on the comfortable gliding booths at Billy’s Dock, where they can watch breathtaking sunsets, washing the sky in oranges, pinks and purples. With views that rival Key West, diners enjoy the sights of boats cruising along the waterway or waterfowl flying toward mangrove islands.
For special occasions, Billy’s Wine Room is the ideal place for private parties. If dining-in is not your preference, Billy’s Seafood Market offers their signature crab claws at retail prices for customers to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes.
Billy’s Stone Crab recently chose Pinnacle Hospitality Systems while looking for the best and most efficient POS system in Florida. The environment and operations unique to fine dining require special attention to detail when it comes to incorporating a point-of-sale system. At Pinnacle, we are acutely aware of these intricacies and our special software for POSitouch is intended to help fine dining establishments operate efficiently. For example, special requests from guests are common at upscale restaurants, so we have incorporated memo fields where these requests can be entered, but not printed on the final check. Also, since we are aware that the guest experience is of the utmost importance, we help ensure that food is served at the appropriate times and temperatures with a feature that allows items to be sent to the kitchen based on category or cook time requirements.
At Pinnacle Hospitality Systems, we are confident that our point-of-sale system solutions, like the POSitouch fine dining, will improve your guest’s experience, while helping to manage daily operations like tracking inventory and preventing losses with detailed daily reports. To find out more about our products and services, call 1.800.771.7100.
Columbia Restaurant in Tampa is proud to be the oldest restaurant in Florida. This family-owned fine dining restaurant holds this esteemed title thanks to generations of hard work and passion, and customer reviews are holding strong still today. According the their website, Columbia was “Named an All-American Icon by Nation’s Restaurant News, one of only fifty restaurants in the U.S. chosen for this honor.” The restaurant has received many more awards and accolades over the years as well.
The Columbia Restaurant is located in one of the most picturesque locations on the Tampa waterfront. Their cuisine, “[reflects] some of the traditional Spanish and Cuban dishes that have made [their] family restaurant famous for over 100 years.” Start with some drinks and tapas while enjoying live music from the Magic Sound Band from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Choose from three varieties of Sangria, or go with a Mojito or glass of wine. Try the award-winning Original 1905 Salad, with beefsteak tomatoes from Ruskin, iceberg lettuce, julienne of baked ham and Swiss cheese, Romano cheese from the Sicilians and their famous garlic dressing. If you’re looking for something more substantial, order an entrée dish, like the Chicken and Rice “Ybor” or the Mahi Mahi “Cayo Hueso.” Or, try the popular Cuban Sandwich, or others like the Roast Pork Sandwich, Pressed Meatloaf Sandwich and more. Save room for dessert and enjoy White Chocolate Bread Pudding, Flan, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Cake, Fresh Baked Guava & Cream Cheese Pastry or one of Stefano’s Gelato flavors of the day.
Richard Gonzmart, owner of Columbia Restaurant, recently sat down with Pinnacle Hospitality Systems to discuss his experience with POSitouch. Gonzmart noted, “My dad always had a goal of hitting a certain cost percentage, and all of his life he never did. But since we’ve used Pinnacle, we hit that magic number that my dad [sought] for 40 yrs.” He continued, saying that his fine dining POS system helped him to identify customer trends and provided valuable information that enabled him to price his menu appropriately in order to reach his goal. Pinnacle provides point of sale systems in Tampa for a wide range of hospitality businesses, including yogurt shop POS systems. For more information, contact us today at 800-771-7100.
POSitouch is well known for their quick service and casual dining solutions, but did you know Pinnacle offers solutions for fine dining as well?
The environment and operations unique to fine dining require special attention to detail when it comes to incorporating a point of sale system. At Pinnacle, we are acutely aware of these intricacies, and have developed special software for POSitouch that is intended to help fine dining establishments operate as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Team service can be created immediately when needed or set up in advance. Special requests from guests are common at upscale restaurants, so we have incorporated memo fields where these requests can be entered and not printed on the final check. To ensure the highest level of service, you can take advantage of the feature that allows you to take pictures of registered guests, creating familiarity with staff members. Since we are aware that the guest experience is of the utmost importance, we help ensure that food is served at the appropriate times and temperatures with the feature that allows items to be sent to the kitchen based on category or cook time requirements. You may choose to take advantage of the feature that offers appropriate wine suggestions to complement meal selections. Also, menu items can be made on the fly for daily specials with quantity count down. For more information on our POSitouch fine dining solutions, please visit our website.
At Pinnacle Hospitality Systems, we strive to create solutions for every unique type of hospitality business, from sports bars to fine dining. With happy clients all over the state of Florida and Alabama, we are confident that our point of sale system solutions will be the key factor to improving your guest’s experience, expediting daily operations and helping management better track inventory and prevent losses with detailed daily reports. To find out more about our products and services, please visit our website or call 1.800.771.7100.