Change Your Restaurant to Avoid Insanity

You’ve probably heard plenty of times that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, yet many restaurant owners find it easier to try [...]

Why Restaurant Manager Logs Are So Important

There is one simple tool that can have a great impact on your business. It’s so simple, that sometimes people take it for granted or don’t even use it: restaurant manager logs. While restaurant [...]

Back of house advice: Don’t let food waste eat your revenues

By Willis Getchell, CEC, M. Ed. Food cost can be the 600-pound gorilla sitting in the corner of your operation, demanding constant attention. After you’ve priced your menu effectively, checked [...]

Simple Ways to Cut Food Costs – Part 2

Last week, I outlined portioning techniques as a way to trim food costs without cutting labor because not having enough staff can be a disaster. This week I’ve outlined ways to stretch your food [...]

Simple Ways to Cut Food Costs – Part 1

When you are struggling to cut food costs and bring down your prime cost number, it is always easier to focus on your cost of goods sold rather than cutting labor. Not having enough staff can be [...]

Owning It Doesn’t Mean You Can Lead It

By David Scott Peters I recently talked to a franchise owner of a fast-food chain, and he asked me, “So, what do you think is a restaurant’s greatest challenge to being successful?” I say the [...]

If You Don’t Believe, It Can’t Be Done

  By David Scott Peters In many of my speeches, seminars, workshops and calls with potential Members, I talk about how industry standards don’t apply to the restaurants we work with. For a [...]

Get Over What COULD Happen and Make SOMETHING Happen

  The little boy answered, “I know, but this way I know I won’t make any mistakes and won’t hurt myself.” Once there was a little boy who wanted to learn how to ride a bike. He asked for a bike [...]

Where Operations and the Chef Agree

  Guest Post By Willis Getchell, CEC Recipe costing cards set the standard and save money One of my fellow instructors was doing some consulting with a local restaurant recently. On three [...]

XP Support Deadline Passed – How Is Your Security?

Guest Blog Post By Patrick Solum of Retail Data Systems   Experts predicting a “tsunami of viruses” as operating system support ends. Let’s face it, the media loves a technical disaster story. In [...]

7 Steps to Keep Profits Coming in the Back Door

If there’s one thing I’m likely to focus on in any restaurant, no matter who I’m working with, it’s the back door. Why? Because it’s where most restaurants bleed cash and it’s the easiest to fix. [...]

10 Commandments of Promotional Marketing

Guest Blog by Jay Siff of Moving Targets Oh ye of little faith. If you’re a small, independent restaurant, you’re probably convinced you can’t possibly compete in the marketing arena against [...]

How NOT to Mangle a Menu Update

Recently I was elated to find one of my local restaurants did a menu update after what seemed like years! The menus arrived at the tables nicely creased and with vivid colors on the cover, and I [...]

5 Easy Menu Changes to Make More Money

As you look for ways to make more money in your restaurant, there are many tools you can use to influence purchasing behavior of customers in your restaurant. Here are 5 easy things you can do to [...]

Why to Lead with Courage

By Fred Langley Leading with courage is a lot easier said than done. But the most important thing to realize is that doing nothing because you’re afraid is worse than doing something you’re [...]

The Secret to Better Communication in Your Restaurant

Daily pre-shift meetings are one of the most basic ways to ensure positive communication is happening in your restaurant on a daily basis, to keep everyone informed, to reduce the rumor mill 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 [...]

How to Calm Your Fear of Off-site Catering

Guest Blog Post By Sandy Korem of The Catering Coach Fear is often a barrier holding many restaurant owners back from realizing the good opportunities and the success that off-site catering can [...]

Guest Post: Should Restaurants Offer Mobile Payments?

Guest Blog Post By Kristen Gramigna of BluePay Some consider mobile payments the wave of the future in many industries, and as a restaurant owner or manager, you may have taken notice. Mobile [...]

A Story About Giving Up Control

I want to share a story with you. It’s the story of an incredibly talented young chef/restaurant owner. When I first met him, he was in his mid 20s. He had worked at one of the most prestigious [...]

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