Archive for the ‘General’ category

Both parents are spending more time nurturing kids today

September 29th, 2016

Today’s parents spend more time with their kids than moms and dads did 50 years ago

Guilt-ridden busy moms and dads take heart: Mothers – and fathers – across most Western countries are spending more time with their children than parents did in the mid-’60s, according to a University of California, Irvine study. And time spent with kids is highest among better-educated parents – a finding that somewhat surprised study co-author Judith Treas, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology.

“According to economic theory, higher wages should discourage well-educated parents from foregoing work to spend extra time with youngsters,” she said. “Also, they have the money to pay others to care for their children.”

7 steps to make your restaurant a ‘Pokemon Go’ hot spot

July 19th, 2016

NRN’s Ron Ruggless explains how to “Lure” monster hunters to your restaurant location in his post at

Pokemon Go

Brandon Coleman also gave this good advice: Pokemon Go stops and gyms are generated through a previous game called Ingress. There are over 15 million locations in the Ingress system, 5 million of which have been approved for use in Pokemon Go. If you don’t have a stop or gym at your restaurant, try organizing a Pokemon catching tour or Pokemon based specials. The game is intended to bring people together in real life to interact with one another, so use this insight to your advantage. Another potential insight to leverage: Pokemon Go can run through an entire battery within a few hours. Charging stations can be very relevant for Pokemon Trainers, also known as potential customers. At the end of the day, it is important for restaurant leaders to align themselves with Pokemon in a way that complements their brand (and for some restaurants this means abstaining completely). Trends come and go but your brand will remain.

Kids are on the move! Take advantage of this fun and healthy trend so that everyone benefits.

Digital Entertainment is a Hit!

May 10th, 2012

This will probably not surprise anyone: Our new line of digital entertainment options for kids in restaurant-type settings was a absolute hit at the National Restaurant show in Chicago. Our 7th time exhibiting there, this was clearly the busiest we have been because so many people are intrigued by the new ways we’ve invented to keep kids entertained in a restaurant setting. Truth be known I think a lot of you were also having a lot of fun playing!

Our customers look to us to help boost their family business. It’s a challenge we’re up for and one that we’re meeting with more creativity than ever! Contact us today – we’re taking orders and shipping boxes/pallets/truckloads of fun out the door every day.

Thank you so much to the attendees who stopped in to see and meet us at the NRA show. We truly enjoy every opportunity to get to know you and your needs better.

The new line of products and services can be ordered now through our web store or by contacting one of us.

FTC Chairman Comes Out Against Regulation of Food Advertising to Kids –

May 1st, 2012

I agree with Todd Zywicki’s April 13 op-ed “SpongeBob SquarePants’ Last Stand” that the government should have a thoughtful and measured response to the childhood obesity crisis. But contrary to Mr. Zywicki’s statement, I have never called for—or even “hinted” support for—congressional action on food advertising to children, nor have my bipartisan colleagues.


In April 2011, pursuant to a bipartisan directive from Congress, the CDC, FDA, FTC and USDA released a draft set of principles to guide voluntary self-regulatory efforts for food marketing to children. The commission voted 5-0 to issue the draft for public comment, along with a statement supporting industry self-regulatory efforts.


Late last year, Congress made it clear in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 that it had changed its mind about the interagency effort, and my recent testimony before Congress acknowledged that “it’s probably time to move on” from any effort to finalize the draft principles.


The argument that the industry is under threat of mandatory regulations has been run into the sand, all the way to Bikini Bottom. The commission does not support legislation restricting food advertising to children.


Jon Leibowitz


Federal Trade Commission


via Food Marketing to Children Policies –

SanFran Judge tosses Happy Meal lawsuit against McDonald’s | Reuters

April 6th, 2012

A San Francisco judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit against McDonald’s over the restaurant chain’s marketing of its signature Happy Meals, according to court documents.

via Judge tosses Happy Meal lawsuit against McDonald’s | Reuters.

Our customers’ sales growth outpaces the industry

March 20th, 2012

Sales among the 500 largest restaurant chains in the United States rose 3.4 percent to $242 billion in 2011, compared with a 1.8-percent increase in annual sales in 2010, according to new research from Chicago-based Technomic.

via Restaurant sales rose 3.4% in 2011 | Nation’s Restaurant News.

Meanwhile, sales at the public restaurant companies that we have the privilege of calling customers increased approximately 20% last year. Correlation or causality? Even if this correlation was coincidental, isn’t it instructive to study what the highest performing companies do?

Call us today to find out what we can do for your business, and find out why our company’s growth is also outpacing the industry.

Study: Hispanic customers seek kid-friendly restaurants

November 10th, 2011

“Hispanic restaurant consumers tell us that they would visit restaurants more if they make children feel welcome,” according to this study.


We find this to be true of all families, not only Hispanic customers.  This study provides one more data point along those lines.

Family Hospitality Group’s A.J. Mesalic Completes Triathlon

October 3rd, 2011

Our own A.J. Mesalic started competing in triathlons earlier in 2011.  This weekend he finished the Amica 19.7 Lake Las Vegas triathlon which consisted of a half-mile swim, a 16.1 bike ride over hills, and a 3.1 mile run against 107 competitors.  A.J. reports being “happy to move up toward the middle of the pack” after starting the year at the back of the pack. Way to go A.J., we support your drive to better yourself!

After-race photo

A.J. and racer #137 share a laugh after the race

Family Hospitality customer BJ’s Restaurants: Growth, price hikes on the horizon

July 25th, 2011

Continuing its segment-leading momentum, BJ’s Restaurants Inc. is planning to modestly ramp up growth across the country as it attempts to capture a larger market share of the casual-dining sector.

via BJ’s: Growth, price hikes on the horizon | Nation’s Restaurant News

My life as a Behavior Therapist: CrayAngles… awesome idea!

July 9th, 2011

I am a Behavior Therapist working with children diagnosed with Autism.  I’m excited about trying these out during my session.

via My life as a Behavior Therapist: CrayAngles… awesome idea!.


Not just for restaurants but occupational therapists, behavioral therapists, special needs educators, day cares, schools… anyone wanting to teach proper grip!