Los Angeles, California, 30 January 2013 “ Academy Inc., a leader in the design, distribution and installation of best-in-class industry-leading commercial awnings, canopies and shade structures, today announced it will be attending the Restaurant Facility Management Association's (RFMA) 2013 annual conference, where the company will showcase its latest product offerings, advice, and knowhow. The event, which runs from March 10-12 in Orlando, Florida, and held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, brings together representatives from across the restaurant industry as they investigate what's trending in the year ahead.
œFrom our perspective, what's always in fashion is finding new ways to attract and retain satisfied customers, improving ROI. While good food is obviously priority one for a restaurant, any credible restaurant manager will tell you that presentation should tie for first, said Jim Richman, Academy Inc.'s CEO. œAnd that presentation begins not with an appealing appetizer, but when the customer first lays eyes on their restaurant of choice. Very often awnings and canopies are what stand a restaurant apart from the competition, quietly telling customers that this restaurant cares about making a statement.
Awnings and Canopies Augment the Dining Experience
Awnings and canopies come in a variety of designs and colors, can be made from mesh, canvas, fabric or aluminum materials, and can be custom made to fit any budget. Academy Inc. even has a team of dedicated experts to help guide restaurants in the setup process. Whether for logo and branding purposes, or extending a restaurant's outdoor usage, both can help improve foot traffic, lower energy costs and otherwise create an ambiance that can't be beat. Canopies are similar to awnings, however, they are semi-permanent structures not connected to the main property. Even in winter canopies can be fitted with propane heaters making them ideal spaces for expanded dining, small concerts, live events and larger, more formal gatherings.
Already the planned 2013 event has attracted some of the biggest names in the restaurant industry to sign up, coming from more than 30 U.S. states and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Ontario. Restaurants include a mixture of fast casual and quick service dining “ competitive restaurant subsets eager to attract, retain and engage guests, especially as family budgets remain tight and the choice between eating out or spending money elsewhere remains very real. A properly designed and properly placed awning or canopy could make that subtle difference.
Shade Structures that Show Strength
Restaurants hailing from storm-battered parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Panera Bread, and Darden Restaurants, have something even more to gain as fresh, bright and new canopies and awnings help project an image of strength. Even if a particular establishment has suffered minor cosmetic damage, cost-effective additions like awnings and canopies will help businesses open faster than they otherwise could. In this sense, awnings and canopies are helping return economic vitality to a part of the country still struggling from Hurricane Sandy's wrath.
œThis really is an exciting event and one that brings the best and brightest together in an industry that takes its customer very seriously, added Jim Richman, Academy Inc.'s CEO. Food and the tradition of breaking bread go back to the dawn of human civilization. And having an inviting place to break that bread, augmented by awnings and canopies (http://www.academyinc.com/about-us/) is nearly as old as the culinary ceremony itself. Academy is eager for March to come in like a lion and take the RFMA conference by awning and canopy-protected storm!
To sign up for RFMA 2013 please visit: http://www.rfmaannualconference.com/Registration.cfm to learn more or visit Academy Inc. to find out how awnings and canopies can help your restaurant serve seconds in style.
About the Company
Academy Inc. provides unequalled custom manufacturing and installation of shade structures throughout Los Angeles and other parts of the U.S. The company has a state of the art facility which is 30,000 sq. ft. huge. Professionals at Academy Inc. cherish the pride of workmanship and provide matchless customer services when it comes to shade structures like awnings, cabanas, canopies, etc.
2510 Malt Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90050