How Inventory Software Helps Lower Food Cost

Have you ever wondered how inventory software helps lower food cost? Taking inventory sucks! I get it. However, it doesn’t have to be a dreaded task and the benefits to your business are [...]

Busting Labor Cost Percentage Myth

In this monthly edition of the restaurant expert podcast, David is busting the labor cost percentage myth, which says every restaurant should use the exact same labor cost percentage. Click below [...]

Most Popular Restaurant Articles in 2018

The results are in and our most popular restaurant articles in 2018 are listed below. This blog is a resource for independent restaurant owners, and we appreciate the time you spend reading it [...]

Tips for Hiring a Restaurant Consultant

First, if you’re hiring a restaurant consultant, I applaud you for looking for solutions. In the restaurant industry, we don’t often hire a consultant because we don’t want [...]

Restaurant Expert Podcast

The monthly SMART Systems Insider v2.0 is also a PODCAST. Click below to listen to your new favorite restaurant expert podcast. In Episode 1 of SMART Systems Insider v2.0 : David Scott Peters, [...]

When to Hire a Restaurant Consultant

I definitely have some advice on when to hire a restaurant consultant and what a restaurant consultant can do for your restaurant. I cover it all in the video below, or you can read the summary [...]

Cost of Goods Sold Basic Calculation and More

In our first issue of our new video magazine, the SMART Systems Insider, David Scott Peters is teaching the cost of goods sold basic calculation. This video version of SMART Systems Insider, a [...]

Why Restaurant Systems Are Important

I’m the systems guy, and along with teaching systems, I teach why restaurant systems are important. Every restaurant owner, no matter how much they’re making or not making, is looking [...]

How to Charge for Free Food in a Restaurant

Have you ever wondered how how to charge for free food in a restaurant? Do you offer something for free in your restaurant? For example, chips and salsa? Or bread and butter? Or even condiments? [...]

Why Restaurant Systems Fail

I meet so many restaurant owners who really want to make systems work in their restaurant, yet I see failure with systems all the time. So, how can a restaurant systems guy admit that sometimes [...]

What Does a Restaurant Coach Do?

Have you ever wondered what a business coach is, let alone a restaurant industry-specific business coach? What does a restaurant coach do? Let me explain… What does a restaurant coach do? [...]

Is Paper Cost Part of Recipe Cost

Paper cost is a real restaurant cost. Have you ever wondered if the cost of your paper products belong in a recipe costing card? After all, if it could be part of the recipe and its presentation, [...]

Don’t Mix Labor Cost Controls and Food Cost Controls

Labor cost controls are an essential part of a healthy profit margin for your restaurant. To do this, have you ever heard that you should put labor cost into your recipe costing card? Do you add [...]

How Restaurant Industry Software Cuts Food Cost

What can restaurant industry software do to help you reduce your food cost? I used to be a spreadsheet geek, and I think that’s what made creating a specialized restaurant industry software [...]

Two Restaurant Business Myths Busted

Has your gut instinct ever told you what your chef is telling you about food cost isn’t right? How about a general manager guessing what menu items should cost based on a formula? There are [...]

Why Are Recipe Costing Cards Important?

Ever wonder why are recipe costing cards important? Why you have to do them? After all, you generally know what your protein costs. You generally know what the rice costs. You think you can price [...]

25 Tips for Restaurant Server Training

FitSmallBusiness.com recently reached out to gather tips for the best restaurant server training. The advice is compiled in this article and includes a tip from me. To add to the advice provided [...]

How to Find Your Actual Food Cost

Actual food cost is an important number to know because it’s one of the numbers you need to know to find your target food cost. In the most basic terms, food cost represents how much food [...]

How to Find Your Ideal Food Cost

Knowing your ideal food cost is important because it’s one of the numbers that helps you calculate your target food cost. Your ideal food is what your food cost should be if your ran a [...]

Reduce Food Cost 2-3% Overnight

How would you like to reduce food cost 2-3 points overnight? How would you like to overcome rising food prices in seconds? Watch this video to learn how to reduce your food cost virtually [...]