Running Your Restaurant by the Numbers

This restaurant industry podcast is an audio version of SMART Systems Insider, a video magazine from TheRetaurantExpert.com, is your fast track to lower food costs, lower labor costs, an [...]

Forecasting Restaurant Sales Made Easy

If forecasting restaurant sales seems hard to do in your restaurant, know you’re not alone. It isn’t as straight forward for today’s modern restaurant as it used to be. There [...]

Why Restaurant Budgeting Is So Important

If you run your restaurant by gut and you’re not using restaurant budgeting, I urge you to STOP.  You can’t do it anymore – the risk is just too great. In the video below I [...]

Prime Cost vs Food Cost

What is prime cost vs food cost? Do you wonder where the numbers that make up prime cost come from? Where does food cost fit into the prime cost calculation? How does the prime cost calculation [...]

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 [...]

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? [...]

A 55 Restaurant Prime Cost Percentage is Possible

The core of our work is to get restaurant owners to a 55 percent restaurant prime cost. As a refresher, the restaurant prime cost percentage consists of the two main controllable costs in your [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Restaurant Prime Cost Calculation

What is the restaurant prime cost calculation? What numbers go into the prime cost calculation? Watch this video for an easy breakdown this number, which I call the most important number in your [...]

What Is a Good Food Cost for a Restaurant

One of the most common questions we get asked is, “What is a good food cost for a restaurant?” Another common one is, “What is the average food cost for a restaurant?” [...]

1 Trick to Stretch Restaurant Labor Dollar

Every restaurant is looking for ways to stretch the restaurant labor dollar. A great way to save thousands of dollars in labor is to watch out for one specific mistake. Watch this video to learn [...]

A Plan to Reduce Restaurant Prime Cost 4-7 Percent

Year after year I speak literally all over the country, sometimes even internationally, teaching restaurant owners how to reduce restaurant prime cost. The crowds range from small groups of a [...]

How to Track Restaurant Sales Correctly

There is a right way to track restaurant sales to ensure you are accurately calculating your restaurant prime cost, which is your guiding number for profitability. Just in case you’re new to the [...]

Use this Number to Calculate Prime Cost Correctly

In this article, I covered the difference between gross and net sales and why the distinction is so important, which is to ensure you calculate your restaurant’s prime cost correctly. Your [...]

Signs It Is Time to Replace Restaurant Furniture

You may not realize it, but your furniture can say a lot about your restaurant: what type of food you serve, your culture, your price levels, and your level of service.  Likewise, having [...]

Why Restaurants Need a Budget

Do you ever wonder why restaurants need a budget? Do you run your restaurant based on your gut? You can’t do it anymore – the risk is just too great. Watch this video to learn why [...]

Overcoming Increases in Minimum Wage in Restaurants

Let me start off by being very clear… this is not a political article, it’s a business article. I don’t care what side of the political fence you live on, my goal is to teach you what you need to [...]

Restaurant Prime Cost Formula

  The restaurant prime cost formula is the most important calculation in your restaurant. I bet you’ve heard that a typical restaurant makes a nickel to 8 cents on every dollar they bring [...]

Make More Money in Restaurant Business

Are you asking yourself why you can’t seem to make more money in the restaurant business? Did you always want to run a restaurant and make great food to create great experiences and [...]

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