Beyond the Meal

Stories dedicated to extending hospitality online and growing your business.

BentoBox News September 2019

Check out the latest news from BentoBox HQ

10 Ways to Optimize Your Google My Business Listing

Easy ways to increase guest traffic and engagement

Top 5 Online Holiday Restaurant Trends

Maximize profits through your restaurant website with these holiday trends

A Day in the Life with John and Karen Urie Shields of Smyth and The Loyalist

We talk about their day to day, The Farm and what influences their culinary journey

The Best Restaurant Websites of 2019

A roundup of 2019’s best restaurant websites

3 Powerful Reasons To Offer Direct Online Ordering

Online ordering through your restaurant’s website

BentoBox News August 2019

Check out the latest news from BentoBox HQ

Best Restaurant Websites - Texas

A roundup of our favorite restaurant websites from the Lone Star State

How To Build Your Restaurant’s Brand

From logos and menus to great restaurant photography

BentoBox News July 2019

Check out the latest news from BentoBox HQ.

A Day in the Life With Zach Mack of Alphabet City Beer Co.

We talk beer, business and how no two days are the same at the shop

6 Restaurant Metrics and How Operators Measure Them

These are the metrics you should be tracking regularly

Best Summer Restaurant Playlists 2019

Moving the guest experience beyond the brick and mortar, restaurants share their playlists online

SEO Tips for Restaurant Websites in 2019

SEO best practices that restaurants can use to boost their local rankings online

Considering Online Ordering for Your Restaurant?

These are the partner platforms to check out

Is Your Restaurant Website ADA Accessible?

What you need to know about digital accessibility, restaurant websites and BentoBox

Winners of the 2019 Bento Design Awards

Congrats to the winners of our restaurant design competition

Congrats to the 2019 James Beard Award Winners

The winners and nominees that are #poweredbybento

Online Advertising Tools & Tips for Restaurants

A breakdown on Facebook, Instagram and Google Ads

BentoBox - Powering Hospitality

An inside look into the founding, principles and investments of BentoBox

The BentoBox UI Redesign

Designing for hospitality—a look into the redesign of our backend user interface

Why Your Hotel Restaurant Needs Its Own Website

Tiny Lou’s and Beebe’s on why hotel restaurants should have their own website

Bento Design Awards: Judges Spotlight

Meet the judges recognizing the most talented designers in hospitality

The Best Bar Websites

A roundup of our favorite bar website designs

How to Host Restaurant Classes

Build a community and drive revenue

The Best DIY Image Editors for Restaurants

A roundup of helpful image editing tools

Q&A: Online Catering Tips from Saigon Sisters

How to build a robust catering store on your restaurant website

BentoBox’s 2018 Year in Review

See how these top restaurant website trends can impact your business in 2019

Q&A: Super Bowl Success with Toll Man Joe’s

How to win big selling tickets on your restaurant website

Essential Restaurant Hiring Tips

How to find and retain top talent

Restaurant Website Inspiration for 2019

A before & after look at some of our favorite restaurant website redesigns

Four Essential Reports You Can Run from Your Restaurant POS

The top data and analytics to be pulling from your POS

Q&A: Snake River Grill

How to sell thousands in gift cards in just one day

Instagram Stories for Your Restaurant

A guide to using this social media tool to promote your business

A Restaurant's Guide to Branded Merchandise

What you need to know about selling branded merch for your restaurant

Best Restaurant Website Design Trends

A visual roundup of the biggest restaurant website design trends from this year

2018 Restaurant Holiday Gift Guide

A roundup of the best holiday gifts from our customers’ websites

Q&A: Birchwood Cafe

How the Minneapolis café prepares for the busy holiday season

Behind the Scenes of BentoBox’s New Branding

How and why we updated our visual identity

Holiday Prep Guide for Your Restaurant

Our best advice for navigating the busy holiday season, both online and off

The Best Restaurant Websites of 2018

A roundup of our favorite restaurant website designs

Case Study: Fox in the Snow & Daisies

Two restaurants that used BentoBox to drive more revenue online

Why Restaurants Are Going Cashless

Sunday in Brooklyn and Tacocina on why it’s the right business move

Case Study: Cheesetique

How taking their restaurant website into their own hands helped Cheesetique grow

How To Use Google My Business for Your Restaurant

How to manage and improve your restaurant’s presence on Google’s platforms

Best Restaurant Playlists

BentoBox customers share their top music choices to help get diners in the mood for summer

So You Want to Write a Cookbook?

Everything you need to know to get started

Online Privacy and Restaurant Websites

What You Need to Know About New GDPR Laws

How To Promote Your Restaurant’s Happy Hour Online

Use your restaurant website to successfully promote happy hour events

The 5 Most Important Pages for Any Restaurant Website

What guests are looking for when deciding where to eat

3 Ways to Improve Your Restaurant Website Updates

Simple ways to make the most out of your updates

How To Make the Most of Your Restaurant Website

Advice from US Foods on optimizing your restaurant website to better serve guests

Best Bakery Websites

A roundup of some of our favorite bakery websites

How To Choose a Restaurant Website Template

Must-have features to help you connect with guests online

Congrats to the 2018 James Beard Award Nominees

All of this year’s nominees that are #poweredbybento

How To Run A More Sustainable Restaurant

How and why restaurants are building sustainability into their brand

Restaurant Roundup: Best Email Newsletters

Inspiration for connecting with your guests online, even when they aren’t on your restaurant website

BentoBox’s 2017 Year in Review

An inside look at the biggest restaurant industry trends of the year— and what they mean for you

Q&A: Chef Chris Scott and Eugenie Woo of Butterfunk Kitchen

How appearing on Bravo’s Top Chef has impacted their restaurant, their website and more

New Year, New Look: Restaurant Website Design Inspiration for 2018

A roundup of our favorite restaurant website redesigns

Q&A: Seylou Bakery

We talk fresh whole grain flour, website design tools and more

Restaurant Roundup: Best Online Holiday Promotions of 2017

Highlights of some of the best online restaurant promotions this season

Why Upscale Restaurants Are Going Fast-Casual

With advice from Daily Provisions, Made Nice and VHH Foods

The Best Restaurant Websites of 2017

A roundup of our favorite restaurant website designs

Q&A: Chef Sam Plotnick of Temporis

We talk teamwork, tech tools and more

5 Game-Changing Ways to Boost Revenue this Holiday Season

Tools to maximize your profits during the busiest time of the year

Emily Pizza’s Keys to Instagram

Matt and Emily Hyland share their tips for Instagram success

Restaurant PR 101

Everything you need to know about PR from the pros at RVD Communications

The Best Restaurant Logos

A roundup of our favorite BentoBox restaurant logos

How To Develop A Wine List

Advice From Charlie Bird’s Sommelier

Q&A: Marco Canora of Hearth and Brodo

The James Beard Award-winning chef on growth and staying relevant

How To Expand Into A Multi-Unit Concept

Advice from The Meatball Shop, Tacolicious and Next Door on growing your restaurant business

Should Your Restaurant Offer Online Ordering?

How to make online ordering work for you, with tips from the pros at ChowNow

How To Get Investors For Your Restaurant

Tips and tricks from pros who’ve done it themselves

The Best Summer Wines To Add To Your List

3 picks from the pros at Charlie Bird in NYC

Behind The Scenes At Gramercy Tavern

An inside look at Table128 Bistro+Bar’s experience staging at Gramercy Tavern

5 SEO Tips To Reach More Guests

A rundown of our top tips to optimize your restaurant’s search engine results

5 Easy Ways to Cut Food Costs

Tips and tricks from US Foods

The Best Minimalist Restaurant Websites

A roundup of our favorite minimalist restaurant website designs

Why Your Restaurant Should Offer Catering

3 big reasons, plus how to promote it online

Congrats to James Beard Award Nominees

A roundup of all the 2017 nominees that are #poweredbybento

Understanding Restaurant Real Estate

How to navigate the complex leases and more

5 Tools for Easy Restaurant Website Maintenance

A rundown of the BentoBox tools that keep your site running smoothly

Everything You Need To Know About Influencer Marketing

How to make influencer marketing work for you, with tips from the pros at Obviously

Case Study: Lilia

How BentoBox’s digital tools transformed the Brooklyn hotspot

Why Your Restaurant Should Sell Tickets Online

3 reasons why your website should offer online ticketing

How To Declutter Your Restaurant Website

5 things your website doesn’t need

What’s Trending in Restaurant Website Design

The BentoBox design team’s tips for staying on top of your restaurant website game

The Best Restaurant Websites of 2016

A visual roundup of our favorite BentoBox restaurant website designs

Our Favorite Restaurant Website Redesigns

Before & After: A visual roundup of the best restaurant website redesigns

Q&A: Leah Herman of Kindred Co.

How to keep restaurant business booming during winter

Best Websites of 2016: Fine Dining & Cocktail Bars

A visual roundup of our favorite fine dining, cocktail bar, and hotel restaurant website designs

How To Promote Your Valentine’s Day Offerings

Some last minute digital promo tips for your restaurant

Q&A:  Lauren Hobbs of Union Square Hospitality Group

Why Danny Meyer’s restaurant group loves BentoBox templates

Best Websites of 2016: Neighborhood Restaurant Edition

A visual roundup of our favorite neighborhood restaurant website designs

Q&A: Grand Army Bar’s Carissa Clay

Talking shop with the winner of Imbibe Magazine’s “Cocktail Bar of the Year” award

How To Score Restaurant Sales On Super Bowl Sunday

Game day tips and tricks guaranteed to win online

Best Websites of 2016: Fast Casual, Bakeries & Food Trucks

A roundup of our favorite restaurant website designs

Optimizing Restaurant Menu Mix

How to change your menu to get more business

2017 Trend Report: Hospitality & Tech

Tech Bites host Jennifer Leuzzi on what to look for in the year to come

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Restaurant Website

How to start the new year with the best site ever

How To Promote New Year’s Eve Online

Tips and tricks for promoting your restaurant’s New Year’s offerings online

Demystifying New York’s Proposed Overtime Laws

A restaurant lawyer shares what you need to know about the potential upcoming changes

Restaurant Roundup: The Best Digital Holiday Promotions

A look at the best digital holiday promotions from some of our favorite restaurants

Case Study: Claudine Artisan Kitchen and Bakeshop

How the LA-based restaurant and bakery uses digital tools to grow their business

How to Keep Team Spirits Bright

The Meatball Shop’s tips for maintaining strong team spirits during the busy holiday season

Q&A: Charles Bililies of Souvla

The founder & CEO of the San Francisco fine-casual restaurant on tech in the hospitality industry

Q&A with Matt Maschi of Patrizia’s

The co-owner of the family-style Italian restaurant on making guests feel at home

What Hospitality Really Means During the Holidays

One BentoBox staffer who grew up in the restaurant business shares a holiday memory about the true spirit of hospitality

How To Run Great Private Events During the Holidays

The pros from Union Square Hospitality Group on how to ensure great private event service during a busy season

Manage Holiday Staffing Like a Pro

Tips on how to manage your staffing needs during busy seasonal periods

Sunday in Brooklyn Q&A

The restaurant making a business out of their ideal day off

How to Master Thanksgiving Day Service

Everything you need to plan, promote, and execute Thanksgiving at your restaurant

How to Get Great Photos for Your Restaurant's Website

Engage your guests with great website photos

How to Optimize Your Website for the Holidays

The digital features your restaurant needs to help drive business this season

The Simple, Effective Way to Selling More Restaurant Gift Cards

How to increase your gift card sales this holiday season

Q&A With Two Guns Espresso

The co-owners who brought their New Zealand culture to the L.A. Scene

Going Digital: Restaurant Holiday Marketing

How to use digital support to grow your restaurant’s business during the holidays

Q&A with Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury

The award-winning chef and owner on hospitality

Mobile Matters

The best mobile website practices for your restaurant

Secrets Of Restaurant Branding

How to make a lasting restaurant brand with the pros at LMNOP Creative

Q&A with Shore Gregory of Row 34 and Island Creek Oyster Bar

The Boston based restaurateur’s thoughts on OpenTable, overcoming failure, and more

Winning At Instagram

Your restaurant's Instagram profile made easy

Q&A with Bettina Stern of D.C.’s Chaia

The chef and co-owner talks staffing, tech, hospitality, and more

How To Use E-Commerce to Boost Your Restaurant's Sales

Why restaurants should offer gift cards, merchandise, and more online

How Email Can Help Get More Guests into your Restaurant

How using email lists can get your restaurant more customers

The Smile's Matt Kliegman | Q&A

The always cool restauranteur talks hospitality and more

Restaurant Web Design Essentials

How to make a restaurant website that gets you more business

Hospitality First

Extending the hospitality experience beyond just the meal

Dead Simple Search Engine Tips for Restaurants

How to use SEO to get more guests into your restaurant

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