Restaurant Inventory Software Tips

Restaurant inventory software is a fast and efficient way to get a better handle on your restaurant inventory processes. If you’ve tried using the inventory module in your POS system and [...]

Comp vs Void: What’s the Difference?

Comp vs void is an important distinction for restaurants and will impact your food cost. Watch this video to learn the difference between a comp vs void and why they’re used incorrectly all [...]

Use Portion Controls to Cut Food Cost

You’ve heard portion controls cut food cost, but you’re not sure how to enforce them in the kitchen. Or maybe you’re not sure how to explain to your kitchen manager or chef that [...]

Lower Food Cost Overnight with 1 Simple System

Lower food cost 2-3% overnight with one simple system. In fact, it’s an industry insider secret your restaurant food distributor probably doesn’t want you to know about. Watch this [...]

Cut Food Cost with Two Easy Systems

How would you like to cut food cost with two easy steps? These two “clipboard systems”- EASY – stop mistakes coming out of your kitchen. They virtually eliminate theft in your [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Recipe Costing Software Cuts Food Cost

I can say recipe costing software cuts food cost, but first you have to agree that recipe costing cards are important. Why are they important? Why do you need to have them? Especially when your [...]

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 [...]

Integrate Back Office Software to Maximize POS System

In this article (and video below), I explain why you should really integrate back office software to maximize a POS System. Let’s start with this: a POS system is a different thing than [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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? [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]