Toast, Inc. is a cloud-based restaurant software company based in Boston, MA. The company provides a restaurant management and point of sale (POS) system built on the Android operating system. Toast was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2012 by Steve Fredette, Aman Narang, and Jonathan Grimm. In 2016, Toast received $30 million in a round of Series B funding from Bessemer Venture Partners and GV, formerly Google Ventures. Toast is used in a thousand restaurants, from small cafes to nationwide enterprises, across the U.S.

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  • Working in a restaurant is not for the faint of heart. A climate that redefines chaotic, life in the restaurant industry always happens at a dead sprint . The hours are long and unconventional, the work is laborious, the customers will test your patience (and will to live) on a second by second basis, all while your heart rate is hovering somewhere between “Tom Brady just touched me” and “Hell...

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  • Bar sales as a whole decreased in 2017, which means bar owners need to think outside of the box to boost their revenue this year.  Great food and drink will bring patrons to your door, but how do you encourage them to sit, stay, and spend some more? Mounting a TV and putting the game on is one solution. Or you can let your guests get in on the action with great bar games — ideally crowd-plea...

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  • Three years, 80+ trade shows, nine customer meetups, five community events, 20+ restaurateur interviews, and three hires later, we’ve finally arrived. The Toast team is launching Food for Thought, a community event for restaurant owners, operators, and managers to come together to learn from their peers and industry leaders. It’s a show that brings our company mission statement — “We empower t...

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  • Did you know that more food is landfilled in the U.S. than any material? Unfortunately, the restaurant industry is very much to blame: A study by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) found that 84.3% of unused food in American restaurants ends up as waste. Leaders in the manufacturing, retail, and restaurant industries have joined forces under the FWRA and aim to cut food waste in half by ...

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  • Which restaurant group wields the most power in the dining world? Everyone knows the right answer is your mom’s kitchen (hi, Mom!). But if you're looking to expand your palate, here’s a directory of America's most influential restaurant groups and enterprises in 2018. Prepare to get hungry. Want to see what's making waves in the industry? Download the Restaurant Success Report to see what it...

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  • No restaurateur likes dealing with chargebacks. On one hand, you’ve likely got a case of fraud or a disgruntled guest, while on the other, you’ve lost money that was already in the bank. For a new restaurant, incurring those first few chargebacks can be a shock to the system. There are a handful of best practices worth adopting to avoid chargebacks altogether. Before we go there, let’s take...

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  • What makes a restaurant successful? This definition will depend on who you’re talking to, but the majority of restaurateurs agree that profitability (how much money you’re bringing in after all your expenses have been paid) is a big one. However, profitability can make even the toughest, most financially-minded restaurateurs feel squeamish and not sure where — or how — to start. This means it'...

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  • Forget about jewelry, flowers, and household decór – this year, moms mostly want a meal with their families for Mother's Day.  Mother’s Day, the #1 most popular holiday for dining out, is right around the corner. With just a few weeks until this holiday, here are a few ideas to get more mothers and their families into your restaurant this Mother's Day.  Download the Toast Holiday Handbook fo...

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  • Equal Pay Day is the second Tuesday of April every year. The day symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned by December 31 of the last year, and was organized by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a public awareness event. Many restaurants, cafes, and local businesses have commemorated Equal Pay Day over the years. Check out how these restaurants are ...

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  • As a restaurant owner, one of the smartest business decisions you can make is to create clearly documented policies, procedures, and job descriptions for your key employees. In order to protect the interests of your restaurant, it’s a good idea to have your more senior level employees— such as your general manager, bar manager, and executive chef — sign an employment agreement. An employment a...

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  • When designing a restaurant, restaurant owners must balance theirdesire for a dynamic and unique space with their need for a functional space that works for their business. One oft overlooked element of restaurant design is the power that the right restaurant lighting can have in shaping your restaurant’s desired look and feel. It's so important that 91% of casual dining patrons say ambiance p...

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  • Think restaurant technology does more harm than good? Well, you're not alone – but you're certainly in the minority.  According to the 2017 Restaurant Technology Report, 95% of restaurateurs say that technology improves their restaurant efficiency.  That's why restaurant productivity and management apps are becoming so popular. But which ones are worth your time (and money)? Check out this a...

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  • Most restaurant owners are focused on increasing sales, while very few focus on decreasing costs. Controlling your restaurant costs is a sure-fire path to a more successful business. That's why focusing on lowering prime cost is a natural move for any business-minded restaurant operator.   Download your Free Restaurant Prime Cost Calculator Here

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  • Have you ever found yourself wanting to work on a side project that allows you to use a raspberry pi in a totally different way, or use your jinja2 knowledge to create a new tool? If so, come and join our second Boston Hack && Tell event on April 6 at 6:30pm in our Fenway HQ (register here)! On March 6th, Toast hosted it's first Boston Hack && Tell series, which encouraged engineers to share a...

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  • Ready for the next step in your career? On paper, a management position at the restaurant you’re working for is a natural and logical move. While many industries require an MBA and years of experience before a management job, the restaurant industry makes a satisfying and financially stable career accessible to anyone willing to put in the blood, sweat, and tears to get to the top. There are...

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  • Show up. Clock in. Inventory. Staff meetings. Wave of customers. Someone gets the wrong order. A server quits. You have an interview in 20 minutes. The specials haven't been written yet.   And it's not even 1:00 yet. I bet you just can't wait to do this all over again during the dinner shift.  Restaurant managers have more moving parts in their job than nearly any other profession. That's why...

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  • Every year, International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month spark conversations around gender parity, but what about the rest of the year? Like many other companies, we celebrated IWD. However, we also took some time to reflect on our efforts to improve parity and increase gender inclusivity over the past year. We've come a long way, but there's plenty of room for improvement. Our strategy ...

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  • Restaurant and bar owners typically devote much of their time and effort toward planning the more tangible aspects of running a restaurant, like finding the perfect space or designing a cost-effective menu. Sadly, they often overlook one very critical aspect of running a business: Establishing their company’s legal structure.

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  • There are countless articles about the top CEOs in the U.S. Check out CNBC and Forbes, for example, and you’ll likely see the names of many successful, influential leaders who work in technology. We often don’t hear much about folks who work in other industries, though – particularly the best restaurant CEOs.

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