Examples of How Not to Give Comps in Your Restaurant

There are many examples of how not to give comps in a restaurant. In a recent article about setting a budget for comps in a restaurant, I outlined how to use comps correctly in a restaurant, [...]

A Simple System to Control Your Liquor Costs

Controlling liquor costs is vital to any restaurant and bar’s profitability. Without systems in place, it’s just too easy to lose money from behind the bar. For example there is accidental and [...]

Five Steps for Controlling Your Bar Profits

To your staff it’s simply an ounce of booze. To your customer it’s a drink. But to your bank account it’s like prospecting for gold! While there are many simple systems you can put into place to [...]

3 Most Popular Problem-Solving Posts

Have you read these? The following articles are three of our most popular on this blog. And it’s no surprise really because these tackle some of the biggest issues independent restaurant [...]

How to Stop Theft in Your Restaurant – A Miniseries – Part 3

As promised in this previous post, here are a few more examples of how your restaurant employees steal from you. I covered several other ways in my last post, too. You’ll be able to see that just [...]

How to Stop Theft in Your Restaurant – A Miniseries – Part 2

As we discussed in the first post in this series, people steal. And their theft is a reality of doing business. I promised in that post to tell you how we were going to stop theft in your [...]

How to Stop Theft in Your Restaurant – A Miniseries

Theft is a reality of doing business. The more employees you have, the greater your risk. You have to trust people with your cash, product and customers because you can’t do it all yourself, let [...]

What Every Bartender Should Know

  Win a book about bartending! At today’s “TAKE ACTION Two-Day Seminar,” guest speaker Josh Briggs, a flair bartending champion, covered what every bartender should know. [...]

Tip of the day – Spill-proof spirits

By David Scott Peters Are you serving liquor in your restaurant? Did you know if you don’t watch prices you may be pouring profits down the drain? Review these tips for more information: 1. [...]

Identify theft behind the bar

By David Scott Peters Restaurant Tip of the Week Here are some of the most common ways bartenders steal: 1. Over-pouring 2. Giving away free drinks 3. Collecting the correct amount of money and [...]

Tips for Controlling Your Restaurant Pour Cost

By David Scott Peters Restaurant Tip of the Week Listed below are a few good tools to control your pour cost: Use spill/breakage sheets to show the waste each shift Use comp sheets to show how [...]

How to receive beer orders at your restaurant’s back door

By David Scott Peters Restaurant Tip of the Week Tips on checking in draft beer When the beer driver brings an order into your restaurant, train them to stack the delivery outside the cooler. [...]

How to identify theft behind the bar in your restaurant

By David Scott Peters Restaurant Tip of the Week Here are some of the most common ways bartenders steal: 1. Over-pouring 2. Giving away free drinks 3. Collecting the correct amount of money and [...]

Serve Beer with Style

By David Scott Peters Restaurant Tip of the Week Why would you pour a draft beer in a glass and leave a one-inch head? The answer is the three Ps: Presentation – a draft beer that has a one-inch [...]

Liquor Inventory the Easy Way

By David Scott Peters Restaurant Tip of the Week How do you keep track of your liquor? Do you? While there are many different ways to set up a liquor inventory system, the one I present is easy [...]

Liquor falls into one of five pricing tiers

By David Scott Peters Restaurant Tip of the Week When determining pricing for your restaurant bar offerings, keep in mind, there are four standard pricing tiers and a fifth specialty tier: 1. [...]

Setting Prices in Your Restaurant Bar

By David Scott Peters Restaurant Tip of the Week Use your answers to set the prices Whether you are pricing a shot of liquor, a mixed drink, a bottle of beer, a glass of draft beer or a glass of [...]

Restaurant Bar Controls – Foaming at the Tap

When foam is OK and when it’s not I’m a beer guy, so talking about beer gets me excited! But nothing peeves me more than watching a bartender pour good beer down the drain in the form of foam. It [...]

Move Over Beer: Craft Cocktails The Latest Trend

By Greg McGuire For generations Americans have had a fairly straightforward approach to cocktails – gin and tonic, highball, rum and coke – without ever giving a second thought to the [...]

Scams Behind the Bar

What! Bartenders steal? Yes, it’s a fact of life. And to be really honest with you, I don’t know a single bartender who has not either knowingly or un-knowingly stolen. Which leads me to common [...]

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