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Restaurant Rave: Reel Club at Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

Looking for a happy hour place in the suburbs? Reel Club in Oak Brook has half-priced sushi, appetizers, and drinks from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reel Club $$, Oak Brook 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL 60523 (630) 368-9400 Reviewed by: Amy Skarnulis I have always seen Reel Club under Wildfire when I would go out to eat at Oakbrook Center, but I never went in until last week when a friend suggested we go there for lunch. I couldn’t believe that I had not tried it before! My friend had been craving a lobster roll for a couple of days at this point, so her meal decision was easy. The Main Lobster Roll came on a New England style roll stuffed with fresh lobster with garlic butter drizzled on top. I was tempted to get the lobster roll as well, but I opted for sushi since seafood is one of Reel Club’s ...

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Restaurant Rave: GT Fish and Oyster, River North, Chicago

No need to travel to the East Coast when craving some quality seafood because GT Fish and Oysters is the place to go in Chicago to get your seafood fix. Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for grea...

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Restaurant Rave: Citrus Diner, Westmont

We were sad to find out one of our go-to diners in Westmont closed, but Intern Amy has the scoop on the tasty place that replaced it. Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area. Citrus Diner $-$$, Westmont   844 Ogden Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559 (630) 655 -1840 Reviewed by: Amy Skarnulis I am no stranger to a good breakfast restaurant. Actually, I love almost all of them. Going out to breakfast on Saturday and Sunday is frequently the most relaxing part of my weekend. So, you can imagine my disappointment when ...

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Seven Tweets to Market your Restaurant’s Mobile App on Twitter

So you have a MojoBistro mobile app, and you have a Twitter account, what do you do next to promote your restaurant? Well, make sure you promote your app via social media. It’s really easy, but we know it’s hard to find the time. Whether you have a dedicated social media team member or not, here are some tasty tweets to schedule on a periodic basis to keep your fans engaged with your restaurant via your mobile app. Seven Tweets to Market your Restaurant's Mobile App on Twitter Check out our special Happy Hour event this ...

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Restaurant Rave: Standard Market Grill, Westmont

Looking for a place to grab lunch before grocery shopping? Standard Market in Westmont is your one-stop-shop for a quality meal and groceries in the Western suburbs. Check back weekly to find other Res...

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Restaurant Rave: Old Town Pour House Oak Brook, Oakbrook Center

A downtown favorite, Old Town Pour House, opens its doors to suburban diners. A new location with the same great food and wide variety of beer is now open at Oakbrook Center. Old Town Pour House Oak Brook, $$-$$$, Oakbrook Center 8 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook, IL 60523 630-601-1440 Reviewed by: Amy Skarnulis Although most commonly known for...

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Our Dads Recommend the Perfect Spots for Father’s Day Dining

Are you looking for a place to treat your dad in the Chicago area this Father’s Day weekend? Check out these tasty picks from the dads around our office. Whether your dad prefers Mexican to BBQ or steak to burgers, our dads have the perfect recommendation to make this your dad's favorite Father's Day ever! Brian Pautsch wouldn't turn down a trip to Mama Maria’s Taco and Tequila Bar in Orland Park, Illinois!  Dads who appreciate a ...

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Should your Business Develop a Mobile App or a Responsive Website?

By: Kristy Brost, Interactive Marketing Strategist Recently, a question was posed on LinkedIn as to whether or not a business should invest in a mobile app. The basis for the inquiry was to point out the efficiency of this mega-trend over other current and traditional methods. The first thing a company needs to have before making this decision is a strategy, documenting what the objectives and goals are and the possible technologies that will accomplish them. In this blog post, we are going to look at the pros of creating mobile apps vs. responsive websit...

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MojoBistro CEO Chris Pautsch Talks Restaurant Trends with CBS Chicago News

Check out our CEO Chris Pautsch talking to CBS Chicago at the 2014 National Restaurant Association Show about MojoBistro and how restaurants use social media and mobile apps to lure customers:

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Building Our Mojo in Anticipation of the 2014 National Restaurant Association Show

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Visit MojoBistro at Booth #6070 at the 2014 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago

Are you heading to the National Restaurant Show this weekend in Chicago? Come visit us at booth #6070 within the Technology Pavilion to check out our new features including in-app and online ordering. MojoBistro mobile apps are exclusive to the restaurant industry and offer proactive restaurant owners the chance to engage with customers from the comfort of their own mobile phones. Our full suite of app features includes reservation system integration, push notifications, coupons, social media...

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Top Apps for a Better You in 2014

2014 is quickly approaching and with it comes a new set of resolutions for a better, brighter year. To make it a bit easier to stick to this year’s resolutions, here are some apps that will help you develop better habits, stay sharp, keep up to date and be more effective in your activities. 1. Lift: This year, focus on developi...

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Mobile Apps v. Mobile Websites

Ray Pun, Strategic Marketing Manager at Adobe, recently sat down with Small Business Trends to discuss his insights into Adobe's recently released Digital Index 2013 online shopping data for Cyber Monday. The statistics, collected by Adobe, back up claims that we are now living in a mobile age, with a record 18.3 percent of sales originating from mobile devices, an increase of 80 percent over last year. When comparing mobile expe...

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Restaurant Rave: Uptown Cafe

Ready for a hearty meal? Stop in at Arlington Heights favorite neighborhood joint, Uptown Cafe! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area. Uptown Caf...

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Restaurant Trends for the New Year

The new year is quickly approaching. 2014 is set to continue blurring the lines of hospitality, as vegetables are incorporated into desserts and ice cream sandwiches get the gourmet treatment. MojoBistro has the rundown on what is sure to be trending in the restau...

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Mobile app usage up 68% during Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving was a record breaker for mobile app usage with an upswing in use of 68% over last year. In addition to dining on delicious turkey, catching up with the family and cheering on their favorite football team, mobile device users logged 1.3 billion app sessions over the Thanksgiving weekend. This increase highlights a growing usage trend as mobile and mobile apps continue to gain in popularity.  It is clear that today's individuals are more likely to be found burying their noses ...

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Restaurant Rave: Woo Lae Oak

Time to give Korean BBQ a try! Stop in to Woo Lae Oak out in Northwest Suburban Rolling Meadows for a taste of authentic Korean delights. Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area. Woo Lae Oak, $$-$$$, Rolling Meadows 3201 Algonquin Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 (847) 870-9910 http://www.woolaeoakchicago.com/ Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki If you have never tried Korean barbeque, now is the time to give it a taste. Take a trip out to the Northwest Suburb of Rolling Me...

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Restaurant Marketing Tips for the Holidays

Tis the season for celebration. As the holiday season moves through December and into January, the desire for dining out and entertaining increases as customers are looking to celebrate out and about with their family and friends. With this potential influx of customers, it is important that you make sure your restaurant is on their list of hot spots. At MojoBistro, we have put together our top marketing tips to help you attract customers during the holiday season. 1. Deck the walls. Showcase your holiday spirit with seasonal decor. Incorporating seasonal touches and holiday decorations adds a fresh quality to the dining experience and is a great way to set the festive mood for your customers and staff. 2. Send holiday greetings. Share your wishes for the holida...

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Holiday desserts offer twists on the classics

The holiday season is here—time for traditions, nostalgia and memorable moments. This season, use your menu to tug on your customers' heartstrings. A twist on customers' favorite traditional desserts is a great way to spice up your holiday offerings. From Yule logs and pumpkin cakes to eggnog cheesecake and sugar cookie milkshakes, these holiday desserts are sure to win rave reviews with your fans. Read more about this year's holiday dessert trends in an article by Bret Thorn. For more tips and inspiration for your restaurant, make sure to check out the MojoBistro Blog!

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Thanksgiving in Chicago: Dining Out Options

Still recovering from last year’s deep fryer disaster? Overwhelmed with the task of feeding the entire family? Scrambling for a last minute solution following a kitchen melt-down? We have got you covered with our top picks for dining out in Chi...

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Restaurant Rave: Pizzeria Uno

Ready for a showstopping meal? Stop in at Chicago's famed Pizzeria Uno, home of the Chicago deep dish pizza! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area. Pizzeria Uno, $-$$, Near North Side 29 E...

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Make Your App Go Viral: 5 Tips for Increasing Customer Engagement and Sharing

You have already gone ahead and built an amazing app that showcases your restaurant. You have marketed your app online and in the restaurant, but you are not seeing the number of downloads you were hoping for. How can you turn things around and get your app to go viral? We have put together the top five principles that are vital to creating an app with viral potential. Now it is time to step back and take a ...

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Delicious by Design

Your restaurant's interior design is key in selling your brand. A great atmosphere and ambiance can set you apart from the competition and lead to success. The National Restaurant Association has put together some great tips on how to update your restaurant to help you stand out from the crowd. Let your restaurant'...

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Restaurant Rave: Ras Dashen

Want to try something new for dinner this weekend? Stop in at Chicago's Ras Dashen! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area. Ras Dashen, $$-$$$, Edgewater 5846 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660 (773) 506-9601 http://www.rasdashenchicago.com/ Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki Located on the popular Broadway Avenue in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, Ras Dashen serves up some of the best Ethiopian food in Chicago. The wide variety of delicious, authentic menu items makes for a truly unique dining experience. Ras Dashen (pronounced Rahs Dah-Shen) is named after the tallest mountain in Ethiopia, located in the Simien Mountains National Park. Thanks to Chef Zenash Beyene, the traditional home-cooked meals of the reg...

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Top 5 Thanksgiving Mobile Apps

November is here which means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Whether you are preparing to cook a traditional Thanksgiving feast for the entire extended family, looking for some new dishes to add to the menu or planning a trip back home, we have got you covered with the Top 5 Apps to make this Thank...

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Back to Basics: Social Media Fundamentals

Social media has proven itself to be a key component in any successful business marketing plan. But with so many social network options available, getting started on social media can be a daunting task. Celebrity chefs John Besh, Chris Cosentino and Andrew Zimmern shared their social media tips at the 24th Annual Am...

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Restaurant Rave: Eros Restaurant

If you are passing through Arlington Heights and looking for a cozy, family-friendly place to stop in for a meal, look no further than Eros Restaurant! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area. Eros Restaurant, $-$$, Arlington Heights 18 ...

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Study: Consumers to dine out less often in 2014

According to a twice-annual survey conducted by the North American Restaurant Consumer Sentiment Review, restaurants' key concern for 2014 will be maintaining customer traffic. Consumers are reporting that they plan to eat out less often in the upcoming year, but the reason why may surprise you. Health concerns tops the list of reasons for limiting the number of restaurant visits, surpassing concerns of budget constrains and other financial woes. National Restaurant News' Lisa Jennings has more information on the survey findings that health concerns trump saving money in consumer plans to curb dining-out. With the increased competition, what can you do to set your restaurant apart? Check out the MojoBistro Blog for tips and inspiration on maintaining and building upon your restaurant's success.

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Mobile Marketing: Can You See Me Now?

Mobile phone usage is on the rise, with analysts predicting that sometime in 2013, over 50% of all website traffic will be coming from mobile devices – cell phones (feature phones and smartphones), and tablets. Mobile has become so vital for consumers’ lives that the time they spend on (non-voice) mobile activities will surpass that spent online on desktop and laptop computers sometime in 2013, according to eMarketer. Is your restaurant business investing in mobile? Now is the time to build relationships with your constantly connected customers. Not sure how to go about creating your mobile success story? Check out this artic...

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Restaurant Rave Round-Up: Chicago Comfort Food

The weather outside is getting a bit chilly. Warm up this weekend with some quality comfort food. From the far suburbs to the heart of the city, we've got you covered with restaurants offering meals that feel like home. Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area. Lady Gregory’s, Gastropub, $$, Andersonville 5260 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 271-5050 www.ladygregorys.com Reviewed by: Patricia Gor...

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Restaurant Marketing Round-Up

Is your restaurant marketing plan stuck in a rut? Looking for new, creative ideas to reach out to new and current customers? We've rounded up our top marketing blogs to help inspire you. Tips for Using Social Media to Market your Restaurant’s iPhone and Android apps Social media platforms are the perfect partner when promoting your restaurant mobile app. If you have an iPhone or Android app for your restaurant then most likely you already use social media vehicles such as Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare, and Yelp. These are also four savvy ways to promote your smartphone app. Here are some strategic suggestions on how to use...

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Consumer Reports Round-Up: iPhone 5s and 5c, Droid Maxx, Ultra and Mini

Consumer Reports, the monthly magazine focused on publishing reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services, has put out its reviews on both Apple and Motorola's newest smartphone offerings. Apple's newest iPhone 5s and 5c received great reviews. Both phones were found to deliver improved performances and longer talk times. The upgrade to t...

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Restaurant Rave: Duck Walk

If you are on the lookout for tasty Thai cuisine on Chicago's north side, look no further than Duck Walk in Lincoln Park! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area. Duck Walk, $$, Lincoln Park 1217 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 327-6200 http://www.duckwalkrestaurant.com/ Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki Craving some flavorful noodle dishes, bubble tea and savory curry? Looking for a unique dining atmosphere? Look no further than Duck Walk! Located in Chicago’s bustling Lincoln Park neighborhood, Duck Walk offers traditional Thai cuisine at a price that is easy on your wallet. Unlike your typical Thai restaurants, Duck Walk has a very modern atmosphere. Colorful furniture, gleaming white tables and wood details create an upscale feel. Typical of many Chic...

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Top Tips for Effective Push Notifications

You have spent time designing and developing a mobile app for your restaurant. You have brainstormed creative marketing campaigns around your app. Now what? Engagement with your mobile app users is key to the continued success of your app. Push notifications are a great way to boost engagement. A study conducted by mobile technology company Urban Airship, proved that while the percentage of users opening an app over time predictably dropped across all apps, 31 p...

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Restaurant Marketing Myths

You've decided to spend some time dedicated to marketing your restaurant. You do some research, ask friends and family, scoped the internet ... and you are all ready to go with your restaurant marketing campaign. But are you sure you've gotten the best advice? The internet is full of ideas and "rules of thumb" for marketing a business, but many times, these cookie-cutter ideas are not the best fit for your situation. To bring some clarity to the situation, Jeffrey Summers, founder of Summers Hospitality Group, has outlined some of the top myths surrounding restaurant marketing. Check out his article, Restaurant Marketing Myths and Bad Best Pract...

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Restaurant Rave: The Safe House

Columbus Day weekend is finally here. We know that many of you will be traveling for your long weekend, so we've put together a special spotlight Rave. This week, we take you north of the border to Milwaukee—home of the Brewers, Miller Brewery and Summerfest. Staying in the Chicago area? Check out our archived Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area. The Safe House, $$, Milwaukee 779 N. Front Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 271-2007 http://www.safe-house.com/ Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki Tucked away down a nondescript alley in the midst of Milwaukee hangs a plaque for a business titled International Exports Ltd. Behind the door, you are greeted and led into a small waiting area. There you are asked for...

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Top 5 Apps to Celebrate Fall

Fall is finally here! With it comes pumpkin picking, apple bobbing, haunted houses, late-night hay rides and much, much more. To help you celebrate the coming of the Autumn season, we have put together the top five apps you are sure to love. From game day to sightseeing, we’ve got the perfect app for you. Check them out: 1. Leaf Peepr: Can’t wait until the leaves start to change colors. With Leaf Peepr, track the changing colors nationwide with the help of fellow trackers. Users upload photos of the changing colors, map the location and use the Peak Slider to rate their foliage as green, turning, moderate, peak, fading or gone. Sharing options make it easy to post your favorite pictures to Twitter and Facebook. Free for iOS and Android. 2. Corn Mazes: Love the idea of participating in a co...

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Tumblr tips for your restaurant

You've heard of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. But have you heard of Tumblr? For those who are new to the world of social media sites, Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website which allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. As of October 2013, Tumblr hosts nearly 140 million blogs publishing more than 62 billion posts. On average, over 86 million posts are created daily with more than 13 billion global page views. So how can you use this outlet to market your restaurant? Check out these great tips from Anna Tauzin, the National Restaurant Association's manager of digita...

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Restaurant Rave Round-Up: Oktoberfest Edition

October is finally here and with it comes our favorite fall flavors. This week, we are celebrating the arrival of fall with a look at the best Chicagoland locations to enjoy Oktoberfest! From the far suburbs to the heart of the city, we've got you covered. Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area. Bulldog Ale House, $$, Multiple Locations 1021 Fountain View Dr., Carol Stream, IL 60188 (630) 690-0333 www.bulldogalehouse.com Reviewed by: Anthony Avallone Looking for a great place to bring the family or go out with the guys to watch the big game? I recommend you check out the Bulldog Ale House in Carol Stream. About half of the restaurant is table seating, great for families, and the other half is bar area, perfect for hanging out with friends. No matter where you sit here you can see a television making it an ideal spot to watch your favorite Chicago sports teams. During the warmer months, there is even an ...

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Use Social Media to Drive Traffic to Your Restaurant

According to Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics, social media visits are the #1 activity online. Every day, Facebook has nearly 700 million active users, more than 45 million photos are uploaded to Instagram and nearly 200...

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Restaurant Marketing Ideas for October

It’s that season again! Pumpkin spice, cinnamon apple and harvest flavors galore! Fall is the perfect time to ramp up your restaurant marketing. The month of October is full of festive food focused days that create the perfect starting point. From National Caramel Custard Day on the 3rd to National Chocolate Day on the 28th, you are sure to find inspiration for your next marketing campaign. Looking for some ideas? Make sure to check out this piece from RestaurantNews.com for some more ideas and motivation. Source: RestaurantNews.com

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Restaurant Rave: Sweet Baby Ray's

Looking for authentic BBQ in the suburbs? We're raving about Sweet Baby Ray's in Chicago's Northwest Suburban neighborhood of Elk Grove Village! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area. Sweet Baby Ray’s, $$, Elk Grove Village 800 E. Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 (847) 437-9555 http://www.sbrbbq.com/elk_grove/default.asp Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki Looking to enjoy some classic American BBQ? Stop in at Sweet Baby Ray’s, home of some of the finest, award-winning BBQ around. Warm color combinations, stone and wood finishes and soft lighting create a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere where you can indulge in one of America’s favorite comfort foods. Weather permitting, the outdoor patio is the perfect spot to kick your feet up while enjoying top-quality BBQ. The menu featur...

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Let MojoBistro help restaurants in your group succeed

In today’s mobile market, it is vital that your business have a mobile app in order to stay connected. Smartphone usage in the U.S. has surpassed 133.7 million people, personalized, unique mobile apps are vital to building brand visibility, customer loyalty, promotional ability and overall interaction with customers. However, many restaurants operating as part of a restaurant group are featured within the group’s app but fail to have their own unique app. Much like having its own unique website, having a personal branded mobile app is important for the success of these restaurants. Separate restaurant apps enable the individual personality of each restaurant to be reflected through a unique branded experience—a feature that has proven to be important to mobile customers—while also providing the ability to target us...

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Apple sets record with weekend sales of iPhone 5S and 5C

In the wake of Apple's less than successful past year, which saw shares slump by a third, investors were anxious to see how successful Apple's new iPhone launch weekend would prove to be. With analysts forecasting sales anywhere from 6 to 8 million, long lines and stor...

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Restaurant Rave: Central Gyros

Looking for an authentic Greek meal? We're raving about Central Gyros in Chicago's Cragin neighborhood! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area. Central Gyros, $$, Cragin 3127 N Central Ave Chicago, IL 60634 (773) 545-127...

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Countdown to Apple's newest iPhones

Only one day remains! In case you haven't heard, Apple is introducing their latest iPhone to the world on Friday, September 20th. With the move to their new iOS 7 operating system taking effect yesterday, expectation is growing for Apple's latest offering. Fanboys everywhere are already swooning over the announced 64-bit A7 processor with its lightening quick speeds,  extended battery life, upgraded camera features and, most importantly, Apple's new fingerprint access feature. Want to learn more? Engadget's Brian Heater has some great information about the iPhone 5s features ahead of the September 20th release. Not sure about splurging on the iPhone 5s? Apple has introduced a more wallet friendly iPhone, ...

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The Founder of #Foodiechats Chats with MojoBistro

The Internet is a wonderful and tasty place for food lovers to unite. Foodies everywhere are documenting their craft brews and unique dining experiences via social media. One clever guy, Steve Green, is making the Internet an even more delicious place for foodies with his Monday night chat on Twitter, #Foodiechats. Foodies from all over the world come together on the Monday night chats to discuss all things gourmet and all things simple, as long as it involves food. This is a great opportunity for restaurants to increase their social media engagement by jumping in on the chat with their customers. It is the perfect way to interact with a ready-made demographic of food lovers. So why should you join the #Foodiechats community? We talked to the main man himself to bring you the answer. What was your inspiration to start #Foodiechats on Twitter? My inspiration to start #Foodiechat...

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Restaurant Rave: Nookie's

Looking for the perfect breakfast spot? We're raving about Nookie's in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area. Nookie’s, $$, Edgewater 1100 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660 (773) 516-4188 http://www.nookiesrestaurants.net/nookies-edgewater.html Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki I love breakfast. All the delicious choices and variety of savory and sweet. My love for breakfast has made me very picky about where I choose to dine in the a.m. hou...

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MojoBistro named one of 100 finalists in the 12th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

MojoBistro is proud to announce its selection as one of the top 100 finalists of more than 550 companies nominated for the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards. Entering into its 12th year, The Chicago Innovation Awards honor the most innovative new products or services in a specific region and is the only organization in the country dedicated to celebrating region specific innovation.This marks MojoBistro’s second nomination for the prestigious award. “It is a great honor to be...

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Marketing to families: Promotions, pricing, presentation

Many restaurant customers are families with children under 12. Still, it’s often easy to overlook kids this demographic as vital parts of a restaurant’s service and marketing strategy. Why should you be sure to pay attention to this segment? Because nearly seven out of 10 consumers say they take into account...

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