14 Must-Read Restaurant Trade Magazines

A lot can be learned by staying on top of what’s happening in the restaurant industry at large and in your particular segment of it. Restaurant magazines are a great way to stay informed. There are many resources available online for restaurateurs. However, it can be overwhelming to sort through them all. To help, we’ve compiled some of the top restaurant trade magazines, with options for both digital and print so you can keep up with the industry in a way that works best for you.

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The best 14 blogs and magazines for the restaurant industry to add to your list

  1. Nation’s Restaurant News
  2. Restaurant Business
  3. Modern Restaurant Management
  4. Cherry Bombe
  5. Food Network Magazine
  6. Food and Wine Magazine
  7. Startups and Growth in Restaurants
  8. QSR Magazine
  9. Entrepreneur Magazine
  10. Fast Casual
  11. Pizza Today
  12. BlueCart Blog
  13. FSR Magazine
  14. Total Food Service

1. Nation’s Restaurant News(NRN).

NRNIt has one of the most extensive editorial staffs in top restaurant magazines. They also create exclusive content for the hospitality sector. Their articles are focused on the business of running successful restaurants and provide valuable information about emerging technology trends.

2. Restaurant Business

Although this magazine is more suited to larger restaurants and chains, it can be a valuable resource for staying on top of new technology and trends. Restaurant Business says its focus is “on entrepreneurship, innovation, and growth” and they frequently write about new concepts, consumer tastes and industry best practices.

3. Modern Restaurant Management

Modern Restaurant Management’s mission, as stated on their Twitter, is “to be the go-to resource for on-the-go restaurant-industry professionals.” This restaurant magazine covers everything from operations and finance to design and restaurant marketing. They also mix their own editorial with guest features from the industry so you stay informed.

4. Cherry Bombe

A biannual independent magazine, Cherry BombeAll things food and women are celebrated in this issue. Each issue features profiles and interviews with women working in the food industry. This magazine is a feast of visual delights and a source of inspiration.

5. Food Network Magazine

Although it may not appear like an industry magazine but it can be useful in keeping up to date with what your guests see in their homes each evening on TV. People who watch food programs are eager to make similar creations to their favorite personalities. 

6. Food and Wine Magazine

Similar to Food Network MagazineThis magazine provides insight into the content that your guests are exposed to. It goes beyond food. This magazine not only covers food, but also wine and restaurants in the news. You can exceed their expectations by learning more about the content that your guests consume.   

7. Restaurant Startups and Growth

Subscribe to RestaurantOwner.comGet a free subscription Startups and Growth in Restaurants magazine, the self-proclaimed “leading print resource for restaurant operators who want practical insights and real-world ‘how-to’ practices on opening, operating and building a profitable, successful restaurant business.” This monthly restaurant publication has a lengthy database of past issues that subscribers can enjoy as well—a great way for new restaurateurs to get a sense of the restaurant landscape.

8. QSR Magazine

This B2B magazine for restaurant trade focuses on fast-casual and quick-service restaurants. Bonus: it’s free to subscribe! They only ship to US residents, but they offer a four-times-per week email newsletter that includes a lot of the magazine content. They consider themselves to be “the leading source of information for the quick-service and casual restaurant industries.”

9. Entrepreneur Magazine

If you take it down, entrepreneurs are what all restaurateurs look like. While it’s not a restaurant magazine per se, independent owners will gain a lot of broader business knowledge by subscribing to Entrepreneur. The publication’s focus is on profiling established entrepreneurs so that aspiring ones can learn from them, and restaurateurs are often included in the mix.

10. Fast Casual

Fast CasualSince 1997, the magazine has covered news, trends, and people in the fast-casual industry. They’ve shifted heavily to an online presence, but the magazine is still available for digital download as well which makes for some pretty easy tablet reading.

11. Pizza Today

This trade magazine is a must for pizzeria owners. Launched in 1984 by a pizzeria owner who was looking for more help growing his business and couldn’t find it, Pizza TodayIt has been through many incarnations and is now based in Louisville. Flip through their digital pages to find stories like “Tony’s Trending Recipe: White Pie Broccolini,” in addition to an “On the Road” series that features pizzerias across the country.

12. BlueCart Blog

Bluecart allows for you to manage your kitchen from anywhere. Their blog also has tons of great resources. Whether you’re a front of house manager or chef, there’s something to learn here.

13. FSR Magazine

Short for Full Service Restaurant FSR Magazine covers—you guessed it—news related to full services restaurants, which is quite a lot. It’s designed to be read by the leaders of the restaurant industry, everyone from chefs to owners and operators, but that doesn’t mean that other industry workers wouldn’t benefit from reading it, especially if you plan to own your own place someday. The magazine is only available for US residents. However, an email newsletter is available to anyone outside of the US who still wants to be part FSR.

14. Total Food Service

Since 1990 Total Food ServiceThe Metro New York hospitality sector, including chefs, restaurant operators, dealers, consultants, and suppliers, has been served by Total Food Service. From exclusive interviews to the latest news on products, trends, associations and events – Total Food Service covers all aspects of the Metro New York hospitality industry, along with related news and information on a national level. You can subscribe to the monthly print or digital issue for no cost. There is also a daily website that provides additional information and resources. Total Food ServiceThis site contains all the news you need to know for any professional in the hospitality industry.

This is it! If you need help with any aspect of managing your restaurant, from calculating your ideal food cost to figuring out restaurant KPIs to measuring success, these restaurant magazines are here to provide the information you’ll need to stay on top of your game.

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