How American restaurants mine data to drive business

“Welcome to the data-driven, number-crunching future of restauranteering. With the food business thriving again in the midst of America’s economic upswing – consistently claiming a whopping 4 percent of GDP — some of the nation’s top eateries are quietly embracing data mining to eke out profit in a tough economy. Software systems like Compeat, Hotschedules and Eatec help restaurants track complex metrics like sales trends, employee overtime, and food orders from suppliers.”

Fascinating post from Wired about the way food outlets are harnessing data mining software – and it seems its coming here with Michelin three star chef Daniel Boulud reported to be adding it to a London restaurant.