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Point of Sale and Chinese Menu’s

Thanks in large part to today’s global economy many businesses need multi-language support from their point of sale system whether it’s due to location, clientele, or just stems from the want to grow internationally, multi-language support from a point of sale system is no longer an option, it’s a necessity for businesses worldwide. With many international clients Cafe Cartel Systems is perfectly positioned to help you with multi-language support for your point of sale system.

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CCS makes it simple to toggle between languages on your menu with an easily accessible alt language button built right in to the POS software and supports languages such as: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, and Russian, among others. Ordered items will be displayed with both the English name and the name of the alternate language you select, all while supporting up to three languages at the same time. You can also select the seat number for each item ordered making it even easier to keep track of which customer ordered which item when the server returns to deliver the food. CCS really does make setting up multiple languages in your POS software a breeze.

Chinese Menu Seat Options

See this handy instructional video on how to set up Chinese in your system today.

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Chipotle Doesn’t Just Mean Burritos Anymore, as Company Opens Pizzeria Locale

Chipotle is as synonymous with burritos as Pizza Hut, Dominos, and Papa John’s are with pizza; however that may be all about to change. Back in January the company announced plans open a Pizzeria Locale in Kansas City, Missouri later this year after the resounding success of the first location, which opened in Denver back in 2013. The Pizzeria Locale chain is also looking to open two additional restaurants in Colorado.

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The announcement of the Kansas City location came just months after Chipotle opened the second Pizzeria Locale in Denver. A spokesman for Chipotle said there are currently no plans to expand to other cities. Aaron Allen, founder of the restaurant consultancy Aaron Allen & Associates, told the Huffington Post however that, “If this was just a side project, they’d do a couple more of these in Colorado, we expect to see a whole lot more opening in a short period of time.”

Like many of the restaurants mentioned in our article about the growing trend of build-your-own pizza places a few weeks back and almost identically to how Chipotle does burritos, Pizzeria Locale allows customers to create their own specialty pizza. Customers choose fresh ingredients and toppings from a buffet style line and line chefs will then slide the customized pizzas into an oven specially designed to cook them in just two minutes. This gives the customers an exquisite fast-casual dining experience akin to Chipotle’s traditional Mexican eateries and allowing the company to corner the market for two of America’s most popular foods.

Chipotle Pizza Format


This is part of the reason fast-casual restaurants like Chipotle and Panera have grown so much in recent years. Customers are willing to pay a little more for streamlined menus, customizable meals, and fresher, higher-quality ingredients. Which has also led to Chipotle operating 10 Southeast Asian fast-casual restaurants called ShopHouse, in the Los Angeles and Washington D.C. areas. In fact according to a Chipotle spokesperson both Pizzeria Locale and ShopHouse are on faster growth trajectories than Chipotle itself was when it first opened.

With pizza being far more popular than Mexican food in most markets Chipotle is poised to take over the blossoming fast-casual dining industry.

Have you tried Pizzeria Locale in Denver? Will you be frequenting the Kansas City location? Leave a comment below!

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5 Ways to Increase Business at Your Restaurant During the Holidays

There’s a chill in the air, the Christmas bells are ringing, carolers are singing, and Holiday shoppers are out and about looking for the deals of a lifetime. Now the Holiday season is the time of year many businesses look to earn the majority of their business and that doesn’t just go for retail stores, but restaurants as well.

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Now the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season is enough to increase business at again both retail stores and restaurants alike it’s not enough if you truly want to make a Holiday splash when it comes to sales. Which means if you haven’t already now is the time to start thinking of some special promotions that can help you increase business this Holiday season. After all it is a time of year where people spend a lot of money and are looking to create timeless memories in the process, which is something your restaurant can capitalize on with fresh ideas and the promise to provide a memorable experience for customers looking for a respite from shopping and all the cooking that comes with the Holidays.

With that in mind here are 5 ways to increase business at your restaurant this Holiday season:

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1) Decorate Your Restaurant

There’s a reason all the malls and shops get decorated for the Holiday season. Decorations put people in a festive spirit, a happy state of mind, and bring the idea of needing to spend money to the forefront of their mind. Decorations are also a great way to ensure you help your customers some of those classic Holiday memories that they’ll remember forever.

Holiday Restaraunts Decorations


2) Send Your Customers Christmas Cards

Loyalty programs are quickly becoming staples of restaurants around the world and what better way to make appeal to customer loyalty than by sending your most loyal customers a Christmas/Holiday card. Keep your card focused on greeting your customers instead of being a special offer or an advertisement until the signature line where you can present a special offer. Tip: be sure to keep the cards politically correct so that they will appeal to all customers no matter what Holiday they are celebrating.

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3) Cater to the Out-of-Towners

There is no busier time for travel than the Holiday season. Local hotels will soon be filling up with travelers in town to visit family who don’t have enough room to house everybody. Reach out to as many local hotel concierges as possible so they know exactly where to refer their hungry guests.


4) Offer Special Holiday Promotions Through Social Media

Send out a special promotion to your online followers. Offer Buy one get one’s, free appetizers, or happy hour prices on drinks no matter what time they stop in to eat. If you’re looking for a really unique way to stand out you could even host a special Holiday party for your customers. An event like that with a special Holiday menu and seasonal drinks will help cause some your most loyal customers to rush out to your restaurant in droves.


5) Host a Charity Dinner

During the Holiday season everyone is looking for extra ways to give back. Hosting a special charity dinner that doubles as a fundraiser is a great way to show your customers that you are too. Write up a press release announcing the event and the local media will surely help you get the word out.

Holiday Restaraunts Charity Dinner


Do you have any other ideas to help increase business at restaurant’s during the Holiday season? Leave a comment below!

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