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Joy Manning

Joy Manning is a food writer, recipe developer, and podcaster based in Philadelphia. 
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Social media influencer photographs food during a restaurant promotion

12 restaurant promotion ideas and strategies that work in 2022

Learn how creative restaurant promotions can benefit your business. Find out what to research in advance and how to create the perfect promotion for you.
Restaurants give credit where credit is due … on the menu

Restaurants give credit where credit is due … on the menu

Some restaurants are crediting menu items to the cooks who created them. Try it to boost morale, retain workers, and make a good impression on guests.
Young person direct messaging with a restaurant on their phone

Now serving: Direct messaging, a simpler way to talk to guests

OpenTable constantly innovates to respond to restaurant needs. Here’s a look behind the scenes about how we built our direct messaging feature to help restaurants.
Now serving: Deposits, a new weapon against no-shows

Now serving: Deposits, a new weapon against no-shows

OpenTable constantly innovates to respond to restaurant needs. Here’s a look behind the scenes about how we built our deposits feature to help restaurants battle no-shows.
Stealth loyalty program

For some restaurants, a secret loyalty program may work best

Not every restaurant wants a traditional loyalty program.Take loyalty to another level by surprising and delighting guests with rewards they don’t know are coming.
B corp

Why should a restaurant become a B corp?

For mission-driven restaurants, becoming a certified B Corp changes the game. Here’s why some restaurants have done it and why you might want to get certified, too.
restaurant social media strategy

Get more butts in seats with savvy social media

For restaurants, social media can get butts in seats. Get 10 tips on how to build your brand on these platforms and turn facebook “likes” into reservations.
What independent restaurants can learn from chains (and vice versa)

What independent restaurants can learn from chains (and vice versa)

Restaurants of all sizes offer lessons for how to sustain a successful business. Here’s what mom-and-pop restaurants and national chains can teach each other.
What guests need to know when picking a restaurant

What guests need to know when picking a restaurant

Some restaurants make it hard for people to find the facts they need to know to make dining decisions. Here’s the most important info you make more obvious.