FRLA Remembers Bill Shumate

Sadly, Bill Shumate, FRLA member and the owner of Bella’s Italian Cafe in Tampa, passed away last night, peacefully, in his sleep. He had been suffering with Lewy Body Dementia for several years and recently had a fall that badly bruised his ribs and put him in the hospital. He was an inspiration and guiding Read More

Five ways to use email marketing to stay in touch with your customers

With many businesses temporarily being disrupted, email marketing is essential for letting people know you are still open for business. Industry research shows that almost three quarters of consumers prefer to hear from businesses by email versus social media platforms. With that in mind, here’s five tips on using email marketing to boost revenue. 1. Read More

Build a gift card program. Boost your revenue. 

Social distancing is reframing the way customers think about the dining experience. Instead of eating at their favorite steakhouse on Friday night, families are hunkering down and abiding by the CDC’s warning. Likewise, as restaurateurs, it’s our job to rethink the way we do business. And it starts with establishing a strong gift card program. Read More

Disney Springs Begins Phased Reopening on May 20

by Matt Simon, Vice President, Disney Springs A phased reopening of Disney Springs will begin on May 20. Following the guidance of government and health officials, a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase. The rest of Walt Disney World Resort will remain Read More