How to Measure Labor Cost

Have you heard you need to use an industry average to measure labor cost in the restaurant business? Or, do you use the same labor cost target every day or every single month? What if I told you [...]

Control Labor Cost with FTEs

If you want to control labor cost in your restaurant, it’s time to tackle the full-time equivalent. (This has nothing to do with mandated health care.) What does it mean and why is it a [...]

Cut Labor Cost in One Easy Step

If you want to cut labor cost, there is one place you can look right now. Check your employees’ pay rates in your POS system. When was the last time you did that? Never? Watch this video or [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

3-Strikes Approach to Managing Restaurant Employees

Managing restaurant employees is one of the biggest complaints I hear from restaurant owners (and managers!). Are you like them and tired of walking into your restaurant and wondering how [...]

Top 3 Ways to Cut Labor Cost

If you’re looking for ways to cut labor cost, you’re not alone. Labor is a major area where restaurants can bleed profitability. Why? When the clock goes tick, you owe! For your food [...]

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 [...]

Best Restaurant Software Solution

What is the best restaurant software solution? Why do you need restaurant management software? How do you choose the best software for your restaurant? Do you need multiple restaurant software [...]

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 [...]

How to Develop Good Line Cooks

Do you want to know to develop good line cooks? Do you want to stop paying a line cook that doesn’t even want to work and isn’t a team player? Are you tired of line cook issues in [...]

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 Overcome Restaurant Minimum Wage Increases

Since I’ve already told you in this article there are not enough labor controls you can put into place to overcome restaurant minimum wage increases, here are some of the changes you can make to [...]

Why the Expo Position in a Restaurant Is Critical

Do you ever feel like your kitchen just can’t keep up with the pace of the front of the house? Does it seem like chaos plagues your restaurant kitchen? Watch this video to learn how the [...]

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 [...]

How to Determine Your Restaurant Profit Margin

Are you wondering how to know what your restaurant profit margin should be? Let me tell you what it could be. Before you an determine where your restaurant’s profit margin should be, you [...]

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