Top 5 Bar & Restaurant Trends of 2016 [WEBINAR]

2016 is shaping up to be the year of the Customer Experience. The upcoming year will combine the best of old and new to share more information, create more choices, and inspire a greater sense of connectivity and community for your customers. These Top 5 Bar & Restaurant Trends of 2016 are already gaining traction in the food & beverage world. Watch the webinar and read on to discover key tips for bar and restaurant owners.

The Top Bar & Restaurant Trends of 2016

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Join us as we cover the top trends of 2016, from self serve taps to fancy garnishes.

1. History with a Twist

The search for “lost foods” to recapture old favorite flavors, and traditional cooking techniques is on the rise. Expect that same trend to be mirrored on spirit and cocktail menus with a revival of old distilling methods and ingredients. That’s right, in 2016 it will be hip to drink like a sailor (from the 1800s).

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2. Craft Cocktails

Craft cocktails will continue to shake things up in the New Year with fruits and vegetables taking a star turn. While they may not be aiming for a balanced meal in every glass, bartenders will be reaching for things like sweet potatoes and vinegars infused with fruits and sugars (aka “shrubs”) while mixing drinks for added flavor and complexity.

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3. Customer as Curator

Increasingly expect demand for the ultimate small batch. Customers may want more than a choice of labels. The coming year will mean more choices overall including cocktails by level of alcohol, which may spur a growth in booze-free options.

4. Digital Menu Boards

 

It’s now possible to put away the chalk and erasers and update food and drink menus digitally. In addition to being a timesaver for bar and restaurant owners and managers, digital menu board technology is an added benefit to customers who value being in the know about what you’re serving. There are a number of digital menu software providers, but Evergreen’s digital menu boards stand out as being uniquely well-suited to a bar or restaurant’s particular needs. Our tech is one of the most user-friendly options out there, we offer endless customizations to suit your unique atmosphere and our database and menu time-savers are unparalleled.

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5. Tech Interactivity

 

We saw table-side tablets trending last year, this year they’re only getting hotter. Games such as Buzztime Sports: Football Edition designed for sports bars and restaurants, offer new ways to increase customer engagement, connect players with others in the bar, and create team spirit.

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