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Shifts in restaurant trends in 2021 By Eric Nomis

Bundled meal deals, offpremises, alcohol to go + more Restaurants are facing a changed future in 2021. Several challenges have manifested during the lengthy pandemic, forcing restaurant operators to compete in highlydigital and off-premises arenas. Thus, bundled meals and meal kits, along with several other unlikely contenders, find themselves among the top ten restaurant trends for 2021, released by the National Restaurant Association. As consumers sidestep the on-premise dining experience--whether by caution or by local safety regulation--it is critical that restaurant operators embrace an omnichannel role. Retail is a big opportunity; restaurant operators can create branded products that reflect their cuisine or concept. For example, barbecue concepts can bottle up their famous sauce. Groceries and alcohol to-go—two other top restaurant trends—enable restaurants to remain competitive while serving consumers who are seeking safety and simplicity. As consumers stock up on both staples and guilty pleasures, restaurants can make themselves top outlets of convenience. 24 District Restaurant News

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District Restaurant News | Winter 2021 Trends Issue  

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