restaurants

Restaurant brands are becoming big tech players

Companies in virtually every industry are being challenged to implement digital transformations of one kind or another. Even industries that years ago would have seemed unlikely candidates for digital disruption are undergoing major changes as a result of the internet and new technologies.

Will healthy fast-food restaurant Leon succeed in the US?

Healthy fast food chain Leon recently announced it is to expand into the US market after receiving a £25m boost in funding.

When its first store opened in London’s Carnaby Street in 2004, there was a clear gap in the market for fresh, healthy and over-the-counter food in the UK – so it’s not hard to see why Leon has since enjoyed such growth. It now has nearly 50 restaurants in locations including Brighton and Nottingham. 

Pret’s genius continues, makes the coffee lottery official

Pret-a-Manger created a lot of buzz on social media in 2015 with its mysterious and seemingly-unofficial free coffee giveaways.

If you were a regular at a particular store, or if a barista simply liked your face, you may have received a free coffee.

Many people on Twitter took this pretty seriously, seeing the gesture as affirmation of their good looks or friendly manner (see tweets below). 

Well, now Pret is making this official and has added a twist that could turn out to be the most genius piece of marketing strategy of the year.

How the UK’s favourite restaurants are performing on mobile

This is a call to all restaurants, chain or non-chain: having a mobile optimised site is an absolute must for driving the ravenous hordes through your doors.

Whether it’s a separate mobile-site, a responsively designed site or an adaptive one, if you want to capture the attention of the empty stomach as it wanders the street getting progressively more hungry-angry (hangry) then you have to provide a decent mobile presence. 

Other restaurants may not necessarily be better than yours, but will they will beat you in the dinner rush if your website remains in its desktop form.

You don’t need a fully featured work of creative genius, just a simple, functional, easy-to-read, easy-to-navigate site that puts the most vital information to the fore.

Personally I believe the most necessary information or features that a restaurant’s mobile site should provide are as follows: