‘SYO’ TALKS Hospitality

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As part of Syosset High School's SYOTALKS series, students currently enrolled in various business courses at Syosset High School enjoyed a discussion with James Dunne, a professor for more than 20 years from NYIT's Hospitality Management Program.

Dunne spoke to students about the inner workings and psychology of the restaurant business. He specifically addressed choosing the right target market, logo creation, color scheme, menu design, restaurant layout and facility design, and the importance of good service.  

Students from the school’s business education classes, culinary program and Commercial Architecture course were among those invited. Entertainment and Restaurant Management students were also in attendance; they will be creating their own mock restaurants in class and developing accompanying business plans, so Dunne’s visit was timely for them. The Real Estate Law class also attended the presentation, looking for tips on how to choose the right location for a restaurant.

“Students asked many questions and were thoroughly engaged,” said business teacher Matthew Fiasconaro, who helped to organize Dunne’s visit. “They are now noticing many of the things he taught them in restaurants they are visiting.”