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By Luke on Mon, Aug 5th 0 comments
Here at FNS, we are always looking for ways to better serve our customers. Recently, an opportunity to reach more customers was presented that just could not be passed up. To make a long story short, we are excited to announce that we are now offering our restaurant delivery service to the people of Oklahoma City. After 3 years up north we realized that we are all sick. Sick of being handcuffed to delivery services that don't bring us all of our favorite restaurants. Now we realize that the only cure for such a sickness is MORE FNS. Oklahoma City is next on the FNS tour, and you better believe they are just as excited as we are. Everything is the same for them as it is for Minnesota. Same fabulous website and same awesome restaurants (well actually the food is different as it's another place but same as in they are just as awesome as you are accustomed to). OKC it's your time now, give us a call today at 888-930-4FNS or order online! Minnesota, next time you take a trip down there, call the same number...we look forward to serving you!
By Jared on Wed, Jul 17th 0 comments
[caption id="attachment_2227" align="alignright" width="300"] Runts ... back before the lime caught a bum rap.[/caption] There are few things in the world – at least in terms of food – that I cherish more greatly than a good fruit-flavored candy. You can keep your Snickers and your Twix … give me a bag of Skittles or a box of Runts and I’m a happy, happy man. But recently a disturbing trend is taking place – the elimination of lime from my favorite treats. First, it was the folks at Willy Wonka replacing the delicious little green chunks of sugar with a larger green chunk of sugar that tasted something like watermelon. Now, however, those have apparently been replaced by something resembling and tasting similar to green apple. Now, after decades of no change, Skittles have decided to up and change the original lime flavor to green apple. I don’t deal with change well on any level, but when it messes with two of my all-time favorite candies and my favorite flavor within said candies, I handle things even worse. Why no love for the lime? It’s sour. It’s small. It’s green. It chases away the taste of cheap tequila. It really is nature’s super fruit. When was the last time an apple or watermelon helped you out like that? And more importantly, the last time I checked it was “lemon lime” (or “limon” if you’re super sophisticated) and not “waterlemon” or “green lempple.” Admittedly, there’s some work to be done on the name of the combined flavors … that alone should tell you something. So what say you, FNS world? Is the lime getting a bum rap or are you with me on this one?
By Luke on Mon, Jun 17th 0 comments
When I got married, I do not believe that anyone ever said these things to my wife. Although it's very possible it did happen since I was running late going and getting a unity candle (long story), so I may not have been paying attention. However I do like the history behind it, and the future history we place on it. While thinking about FNS and its related material I found myself thinking of this saying. It started out not because FNS was contemplating getting married but because I wanted to cover our good luck scenarios. It got me thinking beyond FNS and to what I as a person want. Do I want something olde? Yes! I love olde places that are hole in the wall type restaurants but have been around forever. Places that never seem to be full, but have the best food and the best character. Places like Great Mandarin in EP have been around for 30 years and you won't find anyone who dislikes the food there...or the atmosphere to be honest. You can't always have olde, so what about something new. Sure, its nice and shiny but does it fill a purpose. Do I really want to go to the hip new place because everyone else thinks its chic? Depends is my answer. I want stability. I want to know that in 10 years you will still be around. There have been too many restaurants to count that intrigue me but do not stick. That's sad. Don't reinvent the wheel...just do a good job. What about borrowing something in the food world? Sure I suppose it can work, but do I really want to take what someone else has done and try to imitate it? That is the sweetest form of flattery but show me something. Don't just take something someone else does and run, make a change. Do not be afraid to be different! Stop taking cookie cutter type items and replacing them with new info. Innovate...become master of your domain. Finally something blue. One could immediately think of Blue Pointe because they are fabulous, but go deeper. Do you want to use a service or eat food from a place that constantly makes you sad? The answer is always no...unless you like emotional scarring. Remember to stick with those that make you happy. Don't settle...demand better! What I am trying to say is to FNS places that have been around for awhile, not a new flash in the pan (despite marketing efforts), are innovative, and that constantly make a quality product are ones we love. We will continue to do business with these individuals and bring their products to you!
By Luke on Thu, May 23rd 0 comments
Now the headline is slightly misleading but come with me down this path and I will explain. Every business wants to make money. Its really no secret, but sometimes we wish it were magic money. We wish money would just pour in so that we could do things differently. No business really likes upping their prices or doing things the consumer hates. Since the magic money doesn't exist...yet...we businesses actually have to work for the money. Sometimes we do a good job, and sometimes we don't...this is a case where we don't. As a business that deals with consumers and businesses alike, we have lots of conversations that are crazy and out of this world. Yesterday I had the pleasure of having one of those while speaking with a restaurant. I won't name names but this is how it went... Restaurant: How can we help you? FNS: I need to place a catering order to be picked up tomorrow. Restaurant: Please hold. ON HOLD MUSIC Restaurant: How can we help you? FNS: I need to place a catering order to be picked up tomorrow. Restaurant: We actually don't do pickups anymore, you have to call (stated a competitor of ours that offers delivery...but I want pickup). FNS: I can't just come and get food on my own? Restaurant: No you have to call (restated their name) FNS: I am not looking for a delivery, I just wanted to order your food, get it myself, and pay for it. Can I really not do that? Restaurant: Please hold. ON HOLD MUSIC When they came back they took my order but I was still left confused. As a service in the industry I understand the process but I fail to understand why I can't do something simple like a pickup. This is where I wonder if in the search for "magic money" the restaurant decided to disregard the customer. Ultimately the restaurant makes more money from what I was trying to do, so on all accounts its a Lose/Lose scenario. What do you think we should have said to that restaurant? Have you ever been told you can't do something that seams like a no-brainer?
By Jared on Wed, May 22nd 0 comments
In the last couple of weeks news “leaked” that as part of its summer menu Burger King would introduce its own boneless, rib-like pork sandwich to rival McDonald’s curiously popular McRib sandwich. Burger King apparently wouldn’t officially comment on whether a rival sandwich would be included with its summer offerings, but the company’s website has been updated to verify the claim I understand the need for competition between businesses, but I have to ask why? Why this sandwich, why now and why make it exactly the same? “The same,” you ask? Yep. Slimy boneless pork-looking meat slab? Check. BBQ sauce? Check. Pickles? Check. Onions? Check. So basically the only difference between these two sandwiches is the size and appearance of the bun – BK’s seems to be thicker, compared to McDonald’s flatter sandwich. Is this really necessary? Is there such a demand out there for the McRib that BK really has to counter with the Rib Sandwich? Why not show a little creativity and create something new or improve one of the existing menu items before further destroying the good name of ribs? Has anybody tried this or have plans to? If you are or you’re a huge fan of McDonald’s original, please share with me the appeal.