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RestaurantHospitality RHExtra for December 14, 2010
 Should You Use Social Media?
 Customers Loosen Their Purse Strings
 Not-So-Sizzling Heat Hurting Sales

Should You Use Social Media?

Feel like you’re on the outside looking in as social media marketing spreads like wildfire through the restaurant industry? Relax. You’re in the majority, according to a new survey conducted by website musthavemenus.com. It found that 58 percent of restaurant owners and managers don’t currently invest in social media efforts. Think the majority is right?

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Customers Loosen Their Purse Strings

Good news: San Francisco management consulting firm Kurt Salmon Associates is forecasting modest growth in restaurant sales through the end of January 2011. This might be right, because the latest data from the U.S. Department of Commerce shows a modest bump—0.4 percent—in the all-important disposable personal income number. Hey, maybe all that talk of a restaurant rebound is true.

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Not-So-Sizzling Heat Hurting Sales

Miami Heat fans aren’t the only ones disappointed with the team’s performance so far this season. The owners of one bar who bet on the team’s success are losing about $4,000 every time the Heat come up short. John Todora and Bob Hartley, who own Whiskey Tango on Miami’s outskirts, have promised to pay the bar tab if the Heat lose. The partners apparently took LeBron James at his word

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