The Corner Liquor Store Switches to CCS

Point of sale software is pretty much a necessity for any business, but the software and features available to you is even more important when you own a liquor store. In fact other than your inventory a liquor store’s point of sale system can be the determining factor in whether or not your succeeds. For example this is the Corner Liquor Store in Eldred, New York who just switched to Cafe Cartel Systems for their liquor store point of sale needs.

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And this is a review of liquor store that didn’t chose CCS for their point of sale needs.

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Don’t let that be you.

CCS is a software company dedicated to providing the best point of sale solutions specific to your liquor store. Offering a wide range of options such as software solutions, hardware solutions, service packages and much more; with systems that are comprehensive and flexible to cover everything from inventory solutions to theft control to ID barcode scanners to loyalty programs. Cafe Cartel has been providing software for over ten years and has done liquor store installations all over the world.

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We have prepared a list of what answers to cover potential customer’s requests. We also provide training, videos, support information and testimonials to help answer all your questions. We encourage you to look below for an overview of what we do.

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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.

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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.

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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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School Lunches go Mobile With Food Trucks

If you attended a public school in America chances are you still get nightmares about school lunches that looked a little something like this:

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Is that even actually real meat? It certainly takes mystery meat to a whole new level at the very least. Even on the good days the options appeared unappetizing, prison like in appearance, and always unhealthy. On the absolute luckiest of days there was lukewarm pizza or a dry hamburger.

Luckily today, thanks in many ways to Michelle Obama’s health initiative and the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, school lunches don’t bear much of a resemblance to that anymore. Schools all over the country are broadening their menus to offer tastier foods and even more importantly healthier options to get kids more excited about eating than about the social hour that many school lunch periods has evolved in to. Now a days schools are trying everything from involving local restaurant owners and chefs, to hosting student chef competitions, even developing revolutionary software and apps to streamline the entire ordering process, and in some cases even having food trucks cater lunches to give students the healthiest and most delicious food options available.

In fact school districts in both Colorado and Texas are among those blazing the trail when it comes to food trucks serving school lunches.

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Ann Cooper, the director of food services for the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado puts it well, “In many places, school districts are one of the biggest purchasers of food in the area…We spend $2 million a year on food. That’s a lot of food for a school district to buy. For us to be able to support the community and our region as our region supports us is very important. When you work with small local companies, you can actually work with them.”

Cooper believes one of the coolest and most innovative things they are implementing this year to their food service program is the food truck. The Boulder Valley food truck was fully funded by a donation from Whole Foods and spends it’s time at the local high schools. It actually visits one of the district’s five large high schools each day on a rotating basis providing even more kids with the opportunity to benefit from it’s culinary skills. The food truck’s menu even changes on a regular basis to motivate students who won’t go to the cafeteria to eat school food. One week the truck will serve hamburgers on whole-wheat buns while also offering black bean or corn burgers, grilled-cheese and pesto sandwiches, barbecue pork sliders, and chicken pesto sandwiches with fruit, milk, and a side salad and the next week will be something completely different, but equally delicious. The truck’s meals cost the same as a meal in the cafeteria and is open to all students whether they qualify for free and reduced lunch or not.

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With much of the recent food truck craze originating in Austin, Texas it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Texas schools are beginning to capitalize on the trend as well. Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas recently became the first public school in the state of Texas to provide a food truck as a lunch option for students. The truck is called Talon Taco Company, which comes from the school mascot, the hawk and came about after the Pflugerville Independent School District requested advice from students, the district’s dietitian, and it’s food vendor to come up with a food truck ideas as an incentive to renew student interest in lunch time.

The truck offers a Chipotle style menu consisting of fajita chicken, beef, and pork, green peppers and onions, rice and beans and in addition the truck’s chef’s make three fresh salsa’s on a daily basis. The meal costs less than three dollars and like Boulder Valley’s food truck is available to all students including those who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. There also plans to offer breakfast tacos from the truck in the near future.

The best part of both of school’s beginning to incorporate food trucks into their lunch options however is that they’re achieving their goals and getting students excited about lunch again, while still providing them with healthier options.

As Yvonne Lising, a junior at Hendrickson High School puts it, “Since the food truck came here people have been more excited for lunch, and they are more enthusiastic about it.”


Do you know of any schools or school districts in your area who are beginning to incorporate food trucks into their lunch systems? Leave a comment below!

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America’s Newest Restaurant Craze: Creating Your Own Pizza

Just like life nothing ever stays the same for long in the restaurant industry. In fact the restaurant business is one that must always remain fluid, constantly evolving, and ever changing to keep up with the changing tastes of consumers. In this way restaurants can be seen as a mirror to the values we currently share as a society. Like when people began being more health conscious and aware of the effects the food we put in our bodies can have we saw the rise of healthier food options like: Taco Del Mar, Panera Bread, Chipotle, and even Subway.

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More recently the popularity of build your own sub restaurants like Subway, Quiznos, Submarina, Togo’s, and more recently Which Wich? and Jersey Mike’s have led to restaurants serving other types of food to try and adopt a variation of this format. Chipotle for example has used the create your own format to great success with burritos and now even pizza places are beginning to capitalize on the popularity of customization.

With Pizza being an ideal food for customizing to the unique tastes of each and every customer it should come as no surprise that these “modern day” pizza joints are sweeping the nation and are quickly becoming one of the fastest growing restaurant types in the industry today.

While several different chains such as, Blaze Pizza, Pieology, and Project Pie compete for supremacy in the industry each one features custom made artisanal pizzas and an interactive assembly line format that allows customers to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own unique concoction.

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The build your own aspect to these pizzas and the swiftness in which they are made pair well with other restaurants as well such as Frozen Yogurt chains. In fact in some cases Frozen Yogurt stores such as Chill Yogurt are even incorporating a build-your-own pizza aspect to their business with great success.

Any way you slice these delicious new build-your-own pizza restaurants are here to stay and they’ll soon be well on their way to blazing their own niche within the fast food industry.

Have you built-your-own pizza yet? 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.

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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.

Holiday Restaraunts Greeting Cards

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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

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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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Point of Sale Catering Features to Take Advantage of this Holiday Season

With Halloween behind us the Holiday season is now rapidly approaching and with it means food, and lots of it. You can’t have a holiday without food just like you can’t have Christmas without Santa Claus or Halloween without a Jack-o-lantern. In the past few years the modern lifestyle has become ever more demanding, meaning that families and professionals have less time than ever to cook.

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In 2013 alone the catering industry brought in a humongous $45 billion to the economy. Furthermore according to recent studies all signs point toward further expansion for the catering industry. At this pace some are expecting double digit growth continuing over the next 10 years. Clearly the modern lifestyle is responsible for the catering boom the restaurant industry has experienced in recent years.

With the holidays rapidly approaching now is the perfect time for you to capitalize on this trend. Of course if you want to make a dent in the catering marketplace you’ll need the menu and the point of sale system necessary to stack up with the competition.


Once you’ve got your holiday menu figured out here are some point of sale solutions for catering that will ensure you claim your piece of the $45 billion pie:

 

Schedule Dates for Cooking, Pick Up, and Delivery

When it comes to running a successful catering aspect to your restaurant nothing is more vital than remaining organized. Especially during the holiday season when you’ll be getting vastly different orders coming in at all hours of the day; and with each order needing to be completed at a different time having the ability to easily schedule dates for cooking, pick up, and delivery within your point of sale system can be the difference between whether you’re getting treats or coal in your stocking this year.

 

Create and Manage a Daily Task List for Head Chef

In that same vain your head chef will need to stay up to date on the latest orders and when they need to be worked on if they’re going to be completed on time. This feature is invaluable when it comes to your head chef being able to delegate assignments to the rest of the kitchen staff on a daily basis, ensuring each and every order is not only completed on time, but measures up to the high quality standards of your restaurant. Particularly useful for the holiday season when you’ll need to be completing large party orders on a strict deadline.

 

Keep Track of Your Inventory at all Times

Keeping track of your inventory is vital to the success of your restaurant all year long, but even more so during the mad rush of the holiday season. With people celebrating at different times throughout the season due to different family traditions you need to stay on top of your inventory at all times to ensure you have the necessary ingredients to complete each and every order.

 

Customer Profiles Help You Know Your Customers Like Your Chef Knows the Menu

Knowing your customers and how you can get ahold of them if an issue arises is a key to success in any business, but even more so when it comes to helping them keep alive some of their most valued family holiday traditions. Creating customer profiles with Cafe Cartel Point of Sale can even help you turn first time holiday customers into regulars with our loyalty program feature.

Suspend Order Payment Until Pick Up

The holiday season is not only a stressful one for restaurant owners and chefs, but their customers as well. Allowing your customers to suspend payment until they pick up their order is a great way to keep your focus on producing the highest quality product possible. From the customer standpoint not having to pay until seeing the actual finished product is a great way to put their mind at ease during a stressful season and will go a long way in turning them into regulars.

These features will help allow your restaurant to get the most out of it’s point of sale system this holiday season, ensuring you can focus on creating the memories that your festive food will give your customers for years to come.

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