2024 NRN Predictions
Welcome to a gastronomic journey into the future! Nation’s Restaurant News has unveiled its predictions for 2024, encompassing everything from finance to the ever-evolving landscape of food & beverage. In this blog, we delve into the top-tier prophecies for the year ahead and illuminate how our ConnectSmart® suite can propel your restaurant into a league of its own.
The Resurgence of the Roaring 20’s
Despite prevailing economic unrest, consumers are defying expectations by indulging in spending reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties. With record levels of debt looming in the background, the question arises – when will the other shoe drop? However, the tenacity of today’s consumers is apparent as they manage their debts adeptly, allocating enough for dining experiences that offer a respite from the humdrum of daily life.
In the face of uncertainty, ConnectSmart® Kitchen emerges as a beacon, empowering restaurants to sidestep unpopular options like price hikes through restaurant automation that boasts efficiency and helps eliminate waste.
Spirit-Free Cocktails Ascend to Royalty
Many of the younger generation are in their “sober era,” as they call it. As alcohol wanes for the younger generation, the rise of coffee and energy drinks persists, ushering in the reign of the mocktail industry. Restaurants embracing the trend with spirit-free alternatives and low-ABV options are set to captivate the palates of discerning patrons. Right here in Kentucky, Spiritless is providing options for those who wish to go low-ABV or alcohol-free.
Operators can take inspiration from pioneers like Paper Plane Coffee Co. in Montclair, NJ, who craft non-alcoholic cocktails with coffee as the base, setting the stage for a spirited revolution in beverage offerings.
Integrations and Compatibility: The Sovereign Power
ConnectSmart® Kitchen’s power gets unleashed when paired with the rest of our ConnectSmart® Suite. A key part of automating your restaurant is connecting your front and back of house; that’s where ConnectSmart® Host comes in. Working seamlessly with ConnectSmart® Kitchen, Host boasts the ability to communicate with guests via 2-way SMS text messaging, allows guests to check on their order status, and much more.
ConnectSmart® Host integrates with over 80 POS partners, ensuring that you can keep using the software you already have while harnessing the power of ConnectSmart® Suite.
Are you ready to seize the future of kitchen automation? Schedule a demo today and witness firsthand how ConnectSmart® can elevate your restaurant to unparalleled heights!
About the Author
Caitlin Soard is a Content Marketing Strategist with over seven years of marketing experience under her belt. She joined the QSR Automations marketing team in June of 2022 and has been hard at work improving their social media and content ever since. She attended Franklin College where she received a Bachelor of Arts, focusing in Journalism and Public Relations as well as minoring in English. When she’s not lending her social media wizardry to QSR Automations, you can find her playing Dungeons & Dragons or TCGs at her local card shop, enjoying live local music, or spending time with her cat and two dogs, Ellie, Laney, and Orryn.