Due Diligence’s New Normal

This article appears in the July 2019 issue of Restaurant Finance Monitor. Have you ever seen word clouds for restaurants made from social media ratings? They’re cool, often featuring words—friendly, delicious, super, love, clean—restaurant operators like seeing. But it’s investors like CapitalSpring’s Erik Herrmann, head of the firm’s restaurant investment group, who have lately been […]

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Are Trays the New Nostalgia?

This week alone my food at two local eateries arrived, surprisingly, on heavy metal trays (see below). These are places that might otherwise have used good plateware given their style and relatively steep menu prices. Yet instead they employ an item that likely reminds people of the school cafeteria, prison or mess hall. Maybe trays instead of […]

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The wedding tasting

I probably should have taken a picture or two of the food served yesterday at Marigold Catering. But the moment didn’t seem right. Kathy and I were sitting alongside Mary and Tom — the groom’s parents — sampling the food our daughter and Brian picked for their June wedding. Tom and Mary are lovely people, […]

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