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Joy Manning

Joy Manning is a food writer, recipe developer, and podcaster based in Philadelphia. 
Posts by Joy Manning
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15 creative restaurant promotion ideas and strategies for 2023

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.
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A busy owner’s guide to restaurant social media strategy

Here’s how to reconnect with longtime fans and introduce yourself to potential new guests on the biggest platforms. Get tips for Instagram, TikTok and more.
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A short story about Chris and Terry, modern restaurant lovers

One way OpenTable stays on top of the industry is with relentless research. We survey restaurants, OpenTable users, and general...
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10 extraordinary restaurant innovations to inspire owners in 2023

The restaurant industry is constantly changing. And the innovations have come at a breakneck pace the past few years. Restaurant...
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Chefs speak: 4 major issues for restaurants in 2023

Heading into the new year, leading chefs and restaurant owners talk about the ongoing staffing shortage, changing menus, restaurant technology, and more.
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How to increase restaurant sales: 11 smart strategies for 2023

Learn simple strategies that boost restaurant sales, whether your restaurant is new, long-established, or simply not always at max capacity.
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How to name a restaurant: 10 tips to make the task easier

Get tips and advice on coming up with a name for your restaurant that will grab attention, attract guests, and stay top of mind. Name your restaurant with confidence.
How to pack the house on day 1

How to pack the house on day 1

Learn why Alicart Restaurant Group relies on OpenTable to ensure a packed house when its new restaurant, Mermaid Oyster Bar Times Square, opens its doors in NYC.
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How restaurants can support mental health during the holidays

For restaurant workers, the holiday season can trigger mental health challenges. Here’s how to support them so the whole team can have a happy and successful season.