New Dinova Restaurants: September 1, 2018.

Twice a month at Dinova, we take a moment to celebrate all of the restaurants across the US who have joined our marketplace. If any of these new restaurants fulfill your taste buds, plan your next business dining experience there through our Dinova search.  Here are the new members to the Dinova team as of September 1:

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191 Knickerbocker in Brooklyn, New York

 

 

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8 Additional Locations of Babalu Tapas & Tacos  

 

 

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Bohemian House in Chicago, Illinois

 

 

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Brockway Public House in Carmel, Indiana

 

 

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Cabo A Taste of Mexico in Rockville Centre, New York

 

 

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Cibo e Beve in Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

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12 Locations of CRÚ Food and Wine Bar

 

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Six Locations of Cyclone Anaya’s

 

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Eight Location of Dos Coyotes Border Café

 

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Enzo’s Italian Fine Foods  in Stamford, Conneticut

 

 

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Four Locations of Fields Good Chicken

 

 

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Two Locations of Flyrite Chicken Sandwiches

 

 

 

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Galaxy Tacos in La Jolla, California

 

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Kuroshio Midtown Sushi & Lounge in Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

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Make Sandwich in New York, New York

 

 

 

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Nine Locations of Melt Shop

 

 

 

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Parky’s Smokehouse in  Lebanon, Indiana

 

 

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Two Locations of  Princi Italia

 

 

 

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Sultana in Menlo Park, California

 

 

 

TGI Fridays

 

74 Additional Locations TGI Friday’s

 

 

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The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee, Illinois

 

 

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The Flat Iron Grill in Issaquah, Washington

 

 

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The Iron Duck Public House in North Bend, Washington

 

 

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Eight Locations for The Little Beet

 

 

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Two Locations for The Little Beet Table

 

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Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Atlanta, Georgia

New Dinova Restaurants: August 15, 2018.

Twice a month at Dinova, we take a moment to celebrate all of the restaurants across the US who have joined our marketplace. If any of these new restaurants fulfill your taste buds, plan your next business dining experience there through our Dinova search.  Here are the new members to the Dinova team as of August 15:

Arami PS

 

Arami in Chicago, Illinois

 

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Bowties 2 Blue Jeans Catering  in Pflugerville, Texas 

 

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Two Locations of Café Izmir 

 

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Cojo Catering in Round Rock, Texas

 

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Entente in Chicago, Illinois

 

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17 Locations of Farm Burger

 

 

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Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar in Las Vegas, Nevada 

 

 

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Flagship Cruises & Events in San Diego, California

 

Gregorio's Catering PS

 

 

Gregorio’s Catering in Austin, Texas

 

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Heineken Pub 97 in Chicago, Illinois

 

 

Keegan's Irish Pub PS

 

Keegan’s Irish Pub in Roswell, Georgia

 

Millo's Sandwhiches PS

 

25 Locations of Milio’s Sandwiches

 

 

Pacifica Del Mar PS

 

Pacifica Del Mar in Del Mar, California

 

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Two Locations of Potbelly Sandwiches

 

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Ross & Hall Kitchen + Beer Garten in Dallas, Texas

 

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Six Feet Under Pub & Fish in Grant Park in Atlanta, Georgia

 

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36 Locations of Souplantation

 

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61 locations of Sweet Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Dinova Restaurants: August 1, 2018.

Twice a month at Dinova, we take a moment to celebrate all of the restaurants across the US who have joined our marketplace. If any of these new restaurants fulfill your taste buds, plan your next business dining experience there through our Dinova search.  Here are the new members to the Dinova team as of August 1:

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Six Locations of Boqueria

 

 

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Chez-Zee American Bistro in Austin, Texas 

 

 

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Two Locations of Davanti Enoteca

 

 

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Seven Locations of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

 

Disotto

 

 

 

Disotto in Highwood, Illinois

 

 

El Naranjo

 

El Naranjo in Austin, Texas

 

 

 

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Six Locations of Famous Dave’s BBQ

 

 

 

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18 Locations of Francesca’s Restaurants

 

 

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Harvest House in Wilmington, Delaware

 

 

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Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada

 

 

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28 Locations of Just Salad

 

 

Lokanta PS

 

Two Locations of Lokanta

 

 

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Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria and Wine Bar in Denver, Colorado

 

 

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Master Pizza in Pharma, Ohio

 

 

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Mitchell’s Ocean Club in Columbus, Ohio

 

 

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Two Locations of Poke-Poke

 

 

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Three Locations of Sakura Teppanyaki and Sushi

 

 

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26 Locations of Snooze: an AM Eatery

 

 

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Additional Location for Tap 42 Kitchen & Bar

 

 

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Five Locations for Tara Thai

 

 

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Terrazas at Hyde in Hollywood, Florida

 

 

 

TGI Fridays

 

 

Nine Additional Locations for   TGIFriday’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is today’s business diner? Our new study is chock-full of great insights

What do business diners look like?

The truth is, it’s hard to say. With Millennials soon to make up  the majority of the workforce and rapid shifts in corporate culture, a business diner could be the 25-year-old in a hoodie grabbing a bite at the airport, or a suited-up professional wining and dining clients at a steakhouse.

While we’ve been able to pinpoint common misconceptions about the business diner, we wanted to take it a step further. Business dining is a $77 billion business in the U.S. making it the third largest T&E category, but little formal research has been done to understand the habits and preferences of business diners — until now.

To help participating companies make the most of Dinova, we partnered with Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) to conduct a detailed, first-of-its-kind survey of corporate card-holding professionals who travel for work. The result? Surprising insights into business travelers dining habits, technology use, and attitudes toward company expense policies.

As we dug into the research, we found some interesting facts that we weren’t expecting:

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Generational differences in business dining

  • The longer the career, the larger the tab. Baby Boomers tend to look for upscale dining choices when they travel (79%), as opposed to most Millennials (51%) who opt for fast food.

 

  • Gen Xers are most likely to be part of a pack. About a third of Gen Xers said they typically had lunch or dinner with coworkers while on business. Millennials seem to prefer solo, on-the-go dining.
  • Millennials are less comfortable expensing extras. The majority (2 out of 3) said they hesitated to expense “extras” like coffee and snacks. That number was only 1 of 3 for Boomers, and 1 of 2 for Gen Xers.

 

How business diners use food & restaurant technology

 

  • Business diners have embraced mobile apps. The majority (63%) of diners we surveyed had dining-related apps on their mobile phones.
  • Yelp is the most popular app among business diners. 53% of business diners said they used the Yelp app. Others in the top 5 were TripAdvisor (50%), GrubHub (36%), OpenTable (34%), and Uber Eats (34%).
  • Different generations use dining technology differently. Millennials are more prone to use delivery apps (45% used Uber Eats), while Boomers are more likely to use review-oriented apps like Yelp (74%).

 

Business diners want to eat like a local, but want ‘tried and true’

 

  • Most diners seek out local flavors. 77% of business travelers said they preferred to “eat like a local,” and half (49%) researched foods that were unique to their destination.
  • Brand recognition is still important. 59% of business travelers find comfort in having “trusted brands” as available options when they travel.

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Many companies offer lenient dining policies, and reward programs are catching on

 

  • Per diems aren’t required. One in three (34%) of respondents said their company enforced a per diem. More common is encouragement to use guidelines instead (41%).

 

    • It’s not always cut and dry. Nearly a quarter of respondents (22%) said they have no formal dining policy at all.
    • Careful with the money. Even with this in mind, diners aren’t always comfortable asking for reimbursement on all items. 46% of respondents said they were concerned about appearing irresponsible for expensing things outside of policy.

 

  • Corporate dining policies are flexible, and sometimes non-existent. Only 1 in 3 professionals surveyed said their company enforces a per diem. Another 22% said their company had no formal dining policy at all.

 

 

For a more in-depth look at the study’s results, download the whitepaper here.

 

What did you find most surprising about the research? How will you use the findings to drive your business?

 

New Dinova Restaurants: July 15, 2018.

Twice a month at Dinova, we take a moment to celebrate all of the restaurants across the US who have joined our marketplace. If any of these new restaurants fulfill your taste buds, plan your next business dining experience there through our Dinova search.  Here are the new members to the Dinova team as of July 15:

 

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Akbar Restaurant in Edison, New Jersey

Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar

 

 

Additional Location for Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar

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Bar BiCi Italian Street Food in South Bend, Indiana

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Flix Brewhouse in Frisco, Texas and Madison, Wisconsin

 

 

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Seven Locations for Holler & Dash

LaSenorita

 

 

Five Locations for La Senorita Mexican Restaurant

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Portofino in Atlanta, GA

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12 Additional Locations for Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of San Diego

Let’s face it business travel can be tedious. Flight delays, mediocre dinners in the hotel lobby, stressful meetings and of course, more flying. So, the next time you’re packing your bags be sure to throw that Hawaiian shirt in with your business khakis and build some exploration time into your agenda, especially in the summer when it seems like everyone else on your flight is on holiday!

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Famous Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, CA.

This August business people from all over the world will descend on San Diego for the Global Business Travel Association annual conference.  I admit San Diego is not a tough assignment, but if you tread a straight path between your hotel and the convention center you risk missing the So Cal experience. It’s not difficult to find fun local activities, especially with the convention center sitting on the waterfront downtown. So, allow me to offer a few ideas for your next business trip in America’s Finest City.

  • Downtown San Diego is home to Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres. If you’re a baseball fan then this state of the art baseball experience is sure to impress. Catch a fly ball, or enjoy the game with a cold one and take in the atmosphere.
  • If you’re looking to experience a little Puerto Nuevo style seafood without actually crossing into Mexico, Rockin’ Baja Lobster has a location right downtown in the Gaslamp Quarter. Venturing just north of downtown there is another Rockin’ Baja in Old Town. A trip to Old Town will transport you back in time as it is the oldest settled area in San Diego. Here you’ll discover historic buildings dating back to 1820.
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Tacos from Rockin’ Baja Lobster.
  • Downtown is also home to one of the largest “Little Italy” neighborhoods in the country and is a thriving pedestrian market place with restaurants, shops, wineries and more. If you set out to explore this historic area, make time to grab a bite at Indigo Grill. With a fire pit patio, it’s the perfect place to enjoy “Modern Latin Cuisine.”
  • Another downtown favorite for “social dining” is Searsucker. There are plenty of small plates to share, grilled octopus…duck wings…mushroom crepes…yes, please!  If you’re in the mood for something heartier, the prime dry aged New York strip with Japanese sweet potato and shishito chimichurri will not disappoint.
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Steak dish from Searsucker.
  • Balboa Park is in close proximity to downtown and this 1,200-acre urban oasis offers something for everyone. Museums, gardens, trails, theatre, the world-famous San Diego Zoo and of course, food! The award-winning Prado at Balboa Park in the House of Hospitality offers both indoor and outdoor dining.  A beautiful setting to taste the local San Diego brew with your lunch or dinner.
  • If you crave waterfront dining, Coronado Island is a quick 15-minute boat ride across the bay from the convention center ferry stop. Once you arrive at the Coronado Ferry Landing, head to Il Fornaio and sample some of its award winning Italian cuisine. Il Fornaio’s dining room and patio provide a glorious front and center view of the beautiful San Diego skyline.
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Pasta dish from Il Fornaio.
  • Another perfect vantage point for dining with a view is Coasterra, at the tip of Harbor Island just a short drive from the convention center. You will enjoy panoramic views of the harbor and city while feasting on modern Mexican cuisine.
  • Lastly if you can sneak away long enough to escape to La Jolla, a beautiful village offering ample dining options. Whisknladle is considered a “neighborhood gem” where inspired dishes featuring local ingredients change frequently to capture the freshest flavors of the season.  According to Edible San Diego, “the modern-rustic, indoor-outdoor dining room screams La Jolla chic.”
    • Across the way sister restaurant Catania features fresh, authentic, handcrafted Italian fare. Earning top accolades since opening, Catania’s perch on the top floor of the La Plaza Center offers stunning views of La Jolla and the Pacific beyond.
    • A La Jolla classic George’s at the Cove hosts three venues in one building. You can savor “California Modern” cuisine on the first level; on “Level2” you’ll be treated to an elevated cocktail experience featuring classic and innovative modern creations; and one level up is George’s Ocean Terrace, overlooking the Pacific, which Travel and Leisure named “one of the world’s hottest rooftop restaurants.”
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Cocktails from George’s at the Cove.

I hope I’ve lured you away from ordering room service and provided ample opportunity to put on that Hawaiian shirt and own your San Diego experience!

Written by Janice McEachen.

New Dinova Restaurants: July 1, 2018.

Twice a month at Dinova, we take a moment to celebrate all of the restaurants across the US who have joined our marketplace. If any of these new restaurants fulfill your taste buds, plan your next business dining experience there through our Dinova search.  Here are the new members to the Dinova team as of July 1:

Brasserie Beck PS

 

Brasserie Beck in Washington, District of Columbia

 

 

Doc B's Fresh Kitchen PS

 

Two Additional Locations for Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen 

famous Dave's BBQ PS

 

 

Nine Locations of Famous Dave’s BBQ

 

 

Lock Kitchen 72 & Bar PS

 

Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar in Potomac, Maryland

 

Marcel's PS

 

Marcel’s in Washington, District of Columbia

 

 

MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company PS

 

Additional Location for MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company

 

 

Mussel Bar & Grille PS

 

Two Locations for Mussel Bar & Grille

 

 

Musume PS

 

Musume in Dallas, Texas

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Siren by RW in Washington, District of Columbia

 

 

The Local Pizzaiolo PS

 

Two Locations for The Local Pizzaiola

 

 

 

Three Dollar Cafe PS

 

Four Locations for Three Dollar Cafe

 

 

 

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Tommy Joe’s Bar & Grill in Bethesda, Maryland

 

Villain & Siant PS

 

Villain & Saint in Bethesda, Maryland

 

 

Which Wich PS

 

6 Additional Locations in Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

 

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Wildwood Kitchen in Bethesda, Maryland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Dinova Restaurants: June 15, 2018.

 

Twice a month at Dinova, we take a moment to celebrate all of the restaurants across the US who have joined our marketplace. If any of these new restaurants fulfill your taste buds, plan your next business dining experience there through our Dinova search.  Here are the new members to the Dinova team as of June 15:

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600 Kitchen & Bar in Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

 

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant y Cantina

 

Eight Locations for Acapulco 

 

 Amali PS

 

Amali Located in New York, New York

 

Babalu Tapas & Tacos PS

 

Babalu Tapas & Tacos in Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

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Two Locations for Beni’s Cubano

 

 

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Big Fish in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

 

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Big Fish on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware

 

 

 

Central Tap House PS

 

Central City Tap House in Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

 

Centre Street Tap PS

 

Centre Street Tap House in Portage, Michigan

 

 

 

Chevys tex Mex PS

 

26 Locations for Chevys Fresh Mex

 

 

Cove Westlake Bistro PS

 

Cove Lakeside Bistro in Portage, Michigan

 

 

 Dick's Last Resort PS

Seven Additional Locations for Dick’s Last Resort

 

 

Eclectic Bistro & Bar PS

 

 Eclectic Bistro & Bar in Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

 

El Torito PS

 

39 Locations in El Torito 

 

 

El Torito Grill PS

 

Two Locations of El Torito Grill

 

 

 

Fieldstone's Grill PS

 

Fieldstone Grill in Portage, Michigan

 

Genki Noodles & Sushi PS

 

Two Locations of Genki Noodles & Sushi

 

 

Idler Riverboat & Dockside PS

 

Idler Riverboat & Dockside in South Haven, Michigan

 

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant y Cantina

 

Las Brisas in Laguna Beach, California

 

 

Lou Malnati's PS

 

53 Locations of Lou Malnati’s

 

 

Martell's PS

 

Martell’s in Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

 

 

McCray's Tavern PS

 

Three Locations of McCray’s Taverns

 

 

 

Mikimotos Asian Grill and Sushi Bar Ps

 

Mikimotos Asian Grill & Sushi Bar in Wilmington, Delaware

 

 

Sinigual PS

 

Sinigual in New York City, New York

 

Sprinkle Road Tap House PS

 

Sprinkle Road Tap House in Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

 

Stevens' PS

 

Stevens’ in Gurnee, Illinois

 

 

 

TGI Friday's PS

 

25 Additional Locations of TGI Friday’s

 

 

The Wine Loft PS

 

The Wine Loft in Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

 

Tin Lizzy'z Cantina PS

 

14 Locations of Tin Lizzy’s Cantina

 

 

Tony Roma's PS

 

Two Additional Locations of Tony Roma’s

 

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Trolley Square Oyster House in Wilmington, Delaware

 

 

 

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Washington Street Ale House in Wilmington, Delaware

 

 

Who Song & Larry Restaurant & Cantina PS

 

Who Song & Larry’s Restaurant & Cantina in Vancouver, Washington

 

 

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Zaytinya in Frisco, Texas

 

 

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Additional Location of Ziziki’s Restaurant

 

 

New Dinova Restaurants: June 1, 2018.

Twice a month at Dinova, we take a moment to celebrate all of the restaurants across the US who have joined our marketplace. If any of these new restaurants fulfill your taste buds, plan your next business dining experience there through our Dinova search.  Here are the new members to the Dinova team as of June 1:

Arooga_s Grille House & Sports Bar

 

Additional Location for Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar

 

 

 

Big Mama_s & Papa_s Pizzeria

 

Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria in Burbank, California

 

 

 

Delia_s Mediterranean Grill & Brick Oven Pizza

 

Two Locations for Delia’s Mediterranean Grill & Brick Oven Pizza

 

 

 

 

 

Diamond of Hamilton

 

 

Diamond’s of Hamilton in Hamilton, New Jersey

 

 

Diamond_s of Pennington

 

Diamond’s of Pennington in Pennington, New Jersey

 

 

 

Doc B_s Fresh Kitchen

 

Additional Location for Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen

 

 

 

East Hampton Sandwich Co

 

Additional Location for East Hampton Sandwich Co.

 

 

 

El Rincon Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

 

El Rincon Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar in Carrollton, Texas

 

 

 

Greek Islands Cuisine

 

Greek Islands Cuisine  in Irvine, California

 

 

Hale & Hearty Soups

 

 

25 Locations for Hale & Hearty Soups

 

 

 

 

il Villaggio

 

 

Il Villaggio in Carlstadt, New Jersey

 

 

 

Inakayany

 

Inakaya in New York, NY

 

 

Segovia Meson

 

 

Segovia Meson in Carlstadt, New Jersey

 

 

Sergovia Restaurant

 

 

Segovia Restaurant in Moonachie, New Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

Segovia Steakhouse & Seafood

 

Segovia Steakhouse & Seafood in Little Ferry, New Jersey

 

 

 

Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House

 

Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House in Atlanta, GA

 

 

 

Skorpios

 

 

Skorpios in Miami,  Florida

 

 

 

 

Sports Grill

 

 

Four Locations for Sports Grill 

 

 

 

 

The Halal Guys

 

 

Five Locations for The Halal Guys

 

 

 

Zen Foods

 

 

ZEN Foods in Sun Valley, California

 

 

 

 

Prep Before Your Vacation for a Stress-Free Comeback

Beach bum. Outdoor adventurer. Culture queen. Festival fanatic. Culinary tourist. Whatever your vacation persona may be, your goal is most likely the same as everyone else’s: to leave your job behind and lose yourself in another world for a few blissful days with amazing food, friends and family.

Ideally, you’ll come back refreshed to a job where you are recognized for your brilliance by coworkers who are eagerly awaiting your return – not because things are running off the rails, but because you’re da bomb. This is totally possible. You just have to think (in the vocabulary of those employed by The Walt Disney Company) like a ‘cast member’ and focus on two things: the task at hand and the follow up to that task.

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If you’re not familiar, Disney incorporates the “three o’clock parade” idea into its customer service training. It’s predicated on the idea that cast members will no doubt be asked every day “What time is the three o’clock parade?”

Rather than simply feeding guests the obvious answer, cast members are trained to think beyond the basic information and anticipate follow-up questions, enabling them to provide a richer response, layered with insider details that enhance the guest experience.  When asked, cast members confirm the three o’clock start time, but then  add on “extras” — sharing the best time to line up for the parade, recommending a prime spot for viewing the entertainment, and maybe some other tidbit, like which dining venues can get them in and out in time for the start of the parade.

By taking this three o’clock parade approach into the corporate setting, you can prep three critical entities for your vacation, and you’ll not only increase your chances of truly leaving your office cares behind and unplugging for awhile, but you’ll also be setting yourself up for a less stressful return to business.

Three O’Clock Parade Entity 1: Your Boss

As soon as you have your vacation dates approved, start looking ahead at your major tasks or projects for that timeframe. Note all of the details – deadlines, deliverables, resources, dependencies, collaborators, etc. – in a document or spreadsheet to help you flesh out the full body of work you need to account for. Then working backward from the last day or two at the office before your vacation, lay out your plan for what you can realistically accomplish before you leave, what can be rescheduled for after your return, and what you’ll need to have coverage for while you’re gone.

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If you’re working on any time-sensitive projects, be sure to email a copy of your plan to your boss. Or better yet, take the initiative to schedule a coffee or breakfast meeting with them to sit down and go over your plan. Be prepared to address their top concern – namely, how will your absence impact this project – but then also be prepared with the answers to whatever next two questions naturally follow from that concern.

Three O’Clock Parade Entity 2: Your Back-up

The next person you need to prep is your back-up. Your back-up has his own job that he’s not going to just drop while you’re off having fun, so be clear about what you really need him to do. This can be done over a nice business lunch. Lay out all of the details on important projects, and provide access to the resources he’ll need in order to be prepared to act in your stead. Share that insider-level of information you’re keeping in your head so you’re not leaving him in the lurch.  Your back-up will appreciate it, and have everything he needs to respond to requests while you’re away.

Three O’Clock Parade Entity 3: Yourself

When you’re making sure you’ve taken care of what everyone else needs from you before you leave, don’t forget about what you can do to help yourself. Start by blocking off the last two hours the last day and the first two hours when you return for yourself. With those timeslots blocked, you’ve made time to deal with out of office reminders for email and voicemail, and can take care of any last-minute tasks that pop up.

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Set clear expectations about whether or not you’ll be reachable while you’re away, and, if you are reachable, by cell phone or email only? Under what circumstances? You might also leave a note on white board with your vacation dates, and send a team email or leave a printout of resources on your desk that you anticipate might curb those emergency “what’s our social media login” types of interruptions.

Create a new document on your computer, and dump all of your work worries, everything that’s on your mind, into it. Then shut it and leave it behind, knowing it’ll all be there when you get back.

And your last task: schedule a team lunch or happy hour for when you return so you can catch up, share stories, and recognize individuals for their work while you were gone.