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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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? [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]