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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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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I’ll take the compliment

Comsumerist.com’s Chris Morran discovered my article about writing an online review and kindly shared it with his audience, saying, ” . . . former restaurant critic David Farkas provides a very useful list of suggestions for how restaurant diners can make their online reviews more relevant and helpful to other consumers.”   Thanks, Chris!  

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