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Saying Goodbye to Windows XP!

March 24, 2014 by

By now you may have heard that on April 8, 2014, the popular Windows XP operating system (OS) will reach its end-of-life. This marks the end of technical assistance for the OS as well as automatic updates that secure and protect a user’s data.* What does this mean for the majority of US merchants using a POS system running on Windows XP? Essentially, it means a costly upgrade or risk losing PCI compliance by running an outdated OS ripe for hackers. After speaking with a few friends and restaurant owners, we present you with a few FAQs and guidance on how to make it through this industry-wide change.

Why should I care about this? My POS provider is constantly pushing updates and I’ve never had issues turning them down in the past.

A couple of reasons:

1.     All merchants running credit cards through their POS or brick terminals are required to maintain PCI (Payment Card Industry) Compliant. They’re framework, the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), provides a guideline for maintaining security standards and protecting your customers’ credit card data from theft. PCI DSS Requirement 6.1 instructs merchants to: “Ensure that all system components and software are protected from known vulnerabilities by having the latest vendor-supplied security patches installed. Install critical security patches within one month of release.”  Not abiding by these standards puts your business at risk for hefty fines and potential lawsuits in the event of a data breach.

2.     Speaking of data security, I’m sure you remember the recent attack on Target’s POS system. Hackers used a malware program to access data from about 40 million credit and debit cards, not including the partial personal information they obtained from 70 million customers. An out-of-date OS would increase the risk for such an attack.

I’m not really familiar with PCI Compliance. How do I know if my system passes the test?

The PCI Security Standards council has put together a helpful Self Assessment Questionnaire to help you answer this question.

 Not sure which Questionnaire is right for you? Here’s a quick flow chart to help you decide:

That’ a lot of information. How do I even know if my computers are running Windows XP?

To determine which version of Windows you’re using, first exit your point of sale application.

1.     On the computer’s home screen, click Start.

2.     Click Run, type winver, and press Enter.

3.     An About window will pop up, indicating your current OS.

Crap, I’m running Windows XP! Now what?

You’ve got a few options.

1.     You could skip the upgrade and hope for the best, but a good look at question one should have you disregarding this option.

2.     You can contact your current POS provider and ask them about your upgrade options. Most likely they’ll upgrade your computer OS to Windows 7 or 8 for a charge, and depending on the age of your hardware you may need to to invest in new monitors and other equipment.

3.     You can make the change to Breadcrumb iPad POS that runs on iOS, doesn’t charge you for software updates, and manages all PCI compliance so you can focus on serving customer satisfaction each and every shift. Breadcrumb is even running a contest for a free iPad Air, great way to get started!

Why should I choose iOS over a Windows upgrade?

So many reasons. iOS and Breadcrumb updates are always free to merchants, for one. Breadcrumb harnesses the power of the cloud, giving you access to your data anywhere at anytime. If you can manage your bank accounts online, keep up with your cell phone usage, and read an email as it hits your inbox, why shouldn’t you be able to view open checks at your restaurant and check your payroll to ensure costs are in line? Also, consider what your customers are using. According to a recent study by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, 43% of smartphone users are on iOS. The percentage on Windows? 3.5%.

Breadcrumb was designed by a restaurant veteran to solve the headaches of dealing with constant costly upgrades and compliance audits, among others. No more tedious self-assessments or worries about costly software and hardware upgrades. April 8th is fast approaching, start budgeting for an upgrade now and schedule a demo with a Breadcrumb Specialist to see if a cloud-based system is right for you.

*Microsoft is ending regular support for Windows XP on April 8, but is offering extended support for Windows XP embedded systems, used for point-of-sale devices, through January 2016.

Interested in Breadcrumb Pro? Sign up for a free demo  or contact a support specialist 7-days a week!

Another Weekend with Cochon555 in DC

March 24, 2014 by

Breadcrumb spent another sold out weekend with Cochon555 at Union Market DC , eating more unbelievable dishes featuring heritage breed pork, serving up Bloody Marys and Smoky Manhattans, meeting some of the country’s best chefs and just overall having an awesome time!

Breadcrumb Bloody Mary Bar

Breadcrumb Bloody Mary Bar

Union Market DC and the calm before the storm...

Union Market DC and the calm before the storm…

Chefs in action

Chefs in action

Team Breadcrumb in action

Team Breadcrumb in action

THE Smoky Manhattan

THE Smoky Manhattan

Questions about Breadcrumb? Visit our site or set up a free demo!

Breadcrumb at Cochon555 in Denver!

March 21, 2014 by

Breadcrumb in the News: Week 35

March 21, 2014 by

Each week we scour the internets to find the latest (and greatest!) news about all of our lovely Breadcrumb clients, making waves in the hospitality industry. Tune in here weekly to read just how these restaurants and bars are changing the way we eat, drink, and party, everyday.

Week 35, March 21

Coi, WD50, and Estela are amongst this year’s distinguished James Beard Foundation award nominees (James Beard)

For NYC’s tastiest brunches, visit Alder and Estela (Tasting Table)

Pairing brick-oven pizza with Bulgarian classic cuisine, Trakia opens in Queens (Village Voice)

Back Forty West and Alder (again!) are ranked as some of the best restaurants in New York (First We Feast)

Breadcrumb in the News: Week 34

March 14, 2014 by

Each week we scour the internets to find the latest (and greatest!) news about all of our lovely Breadcrumb clients, making waves in the hospitality industry. Tune in here weekly to read just how these restaurants and bars are changing the way we eat, drink, and party, everyday.

Week 34, March 14

If you love good food and awesome tea, visit Hillbilly Tea and you won’t be disappointed (Thought Catalog)

After a brief setback with her restaurant closing in 2012, Beverly Kim is back in the restaurateur game; opening the Korean-inspired Parachute (Chicago Magazine) 

Nights and Weekends, Uncle Boon’s, and Mother’s Ruin are among the establishments serving the 10 best frozen drinks in NYC (Village Voice)

Take a look at some photos and a sample of the menu for the newly opened Assembly in Santa Cruz (SFGate)

Supporting Women Chefs and Restaurateurs

March 14, 2014 by

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Last year’s Time magazine “Gods of Food” issue made quite a stir when commenters noted how few female chefs were included in the issue’s wide-ranging coverage. Eater even interviewed the section’s editor Howard Chua-Eoan about how the piece came together. When asked how the family-tree diagram was put together, Chua-Eoan said,

Well I think it reflects one very harsh reality of the current chefs’ world, which unfortunately has been true for years: it’s still a boys club. There are of course very good and terrific female chefs: Carme Ruscalleda, Elena Arzak, April [Bloomfield] of course, Anita Lo of course, and of course Alice [Waters]. But it’s very strange, the network of women, as Anita herself has been saying for so many years now, isn’t as strong as the network of men.

One group working to strengthen the network of female restaurant folk is Womens Chef & Restaurateurs, which just celebrated their 21st annual conference in Chicago. Breadcrumb PRO was a proud sponsor of this time-honored and star-studded event, and we were thrilled to mix and mingle with everyone from enthusiastic culinary students to Top Chefs.

Team Breadcrumb!

Team Breadcrumb!

At a cocktail kick-off party on Sunday at the Intercontinental Hotel’s swanky pool space, guests arrived to drinks and snacks. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, attendees participated in lectures and workshops on topics as wide ranging as new social media channels like Vine to lamb butchery to kid-friendly menu planning.

All in all, it was a phenomenal few days of networking, learning, and eating with big name stars (Elizabeth Faulkner! Rick Bayless! Beverly Kim!) and super talented up-and-coming chefs and restaurateurs.

Breadcrumb in the News: Week 33

March 7, 2014 by

Each week we scour the internets to find the latest (and greatest!) news about all of our lovely Breadcrumb clients, making waves in the hospitality industry. Tune in here weekly to read just how these restaurants and bars are changing the way we eat, drink, and party, everyday.

Week 33, March 7

CH Distillery has started a guest bartending series featuring The Aviary’s Charles Joly (DNA Info)

Serving up some tasty bites, Brooklyn Bagel makes the list of Top 10 Bagel Shops in NYC (Gothamist)

Beverly Kim of Top Chef fame is opening a new Restaurant, Parachute, in Chicago (Chicago Tribune)

Andrew Burman brings luxurious, no-frills, decadent cuisine to Clinton Hill with his restaurant The Runner (Tasting Table)

Mason Pacific and Alta CA receive ecstatic praise for serving up some of San Francisco’s tastiest burgers (The Bold Italic)

Logan Hardware revamps an old hardware store into a stylish bar celebrating video games (Fox News)

Gogi Time is bringing the delectable tradition of Korean BBQ to Uptown Oakland (Tasting Table)

Analogue serves up “substantial, powerfully rich, and deceptively complex food” with a Cajun flair (Chicago Reader)

Tips & Tricks for Getting Set Up in Breadcrumb HQ

March 4, 2014 by

Need a little help getting set up in Breadcrumb HQ? This video will show you how to customize your general and administrative settings in Breadcrumb HQ as well as tips and tricks for making sure you’re ready to go.

Best Places to Watch the Oscars

February 28, 2014 by

And the Oscar goes to…

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Are you a cinephile looking for a good restaurant or bar to watch the Oscars this weekend? Not quite sure where to start? We’ve got you covered! Below are some of the best spots in San Francisco, New York and Chicago to watch your favorite stars glam it up (or not) and get tipsy.

San Francisco

SoMa StrEat Food Park Oscar Viewing Party

10 food trucks, free popcorn, cheap beer and champagne and 8 big screen TVs! What more could you ask for from an Oscar viewing party?


Your chance to walk the red carpet! Into Novela, of course. Novela’s got two large projection screens, three large panel TVs with a star-studded cocktail list and free popcorn.

Kezar Pub Oscar Costume Party

Get dressed up Hollywood glam and grab some drinks at Kezar Pub – big-screen TVs, free popcorn and drink specials!

Balboa Theater Oscars Party

Join Reed Kirk Rahlmann, Master of Ceremonies, for a live broadcast on the big screen. Attendees are encouraged to dress as your favorite nominated movie title (literal translation and bad puns allowed), or as a movie star. Prizes and games throughout the night.

New York

Nighthawk Cinema

This theater/restaurant /bar is throwing its third annual Ultra-Mega Oscars, where you can watch the show on the big screen, with food and drink specials inspired by the nominated films. The party starts at 6:30pm; a $25 food-and-drink voucher reserves a seat.


If you’re looking for a chill bar setting without too much fanfare, watch the Oscars at TBD Brooklyn in Greenpoint; no cover charge with complimentary snacks, drink specials and four screens showing the awards.

The Butterfly

Head to Altamarea group’s TriBeCa bar The Butterfly, where the Oscars will be screened with $10 cocktail specials from acclaimed mixologist Eben Freeman, fried chicken and more from Michael White, plus Oscar trivia (with prizes to boot).

Brooklyn Winery

This winery in Williamsburg is throwing it’s 4th Oscar party, with specialty cocktails, small plates and screenings of both the red carpet and the awards show itself. No cover; seating is first-come first-served.


Old Town Social

Old Town Social’s Oscar bash will feature Oscar-themed cocktails, a red carpet and paparazzi for the full-star treatment and prizes for the best-dressed attendees.

The Bar on Buena

Beer lover? Join The Bar on Buena for a casual viewing party. Big beers are the theme at the bar’s Oscar bash and guests can select from more than 18 beers on tap and many big bottle beer specials.

The Underground

The bar is hosting a viewing party with complimentary cocktails from SVEDKA vodka, appetizers, contests and bites from iAY CHIWOWA!, Rockit Bar & Grill, Sunda New Asian and the Underground. Proceeds benefit Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care.

PUBLIC Chicago

The Gold Coast hotel will be offering complimentary bites, popcorn and a prize for the best dressed of the night.


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