Ways to Increase Restaurant Sales

Do you wish you had higher sales in your restaurant? Would you like to learn ways to increase restaurant sales easily? This video tip offers two ideas to increase restaurant sales. The best way [...]

Top 4 Ways to Use a Restaurant Manager Log

A restaurant manager log is a useful tool to improve communication in your restaurant and to better hold your management team accountable. The improved communication that results from the manager [...]

Top 5 Misuses of a Restaurant Manager Log

One of the greatest challenges with a manager log of any form is the misuse of this very important legal document. Here are some of the most common misuses: The Bitch Session! Often managers feel [...]

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 [...]

5 Mistakes NEW Restaurant Managers Make

Let me help you find your next restaurant managers. To do this I want to point you inside your four walls. Look to your line employee ranks, which is optimal for several reasons: 1) You have [...]

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 [...]

“Let’s Go Somewhere Else. They Don’t Have…”

Restaurant owners work hard every day to meet the needs of their diverse restaurant guests and their range of tastes, but they often miss the one or two things they’re not doing that cost [...]

How to Schedule Restaurant Managers

What is the restaurant managers’ schedule supposed to look like? Let me outline how we get there, starting with coverage. 1) Count how many shifts the restaurant operates. For example, if the [...]

Seven Things Employees Hate

Guest Post By Willis Getchell, M. Ed., CEC Here is a list of seven things employees hate and lessons leaders can learn from them: Employees hate surprises. Employees like to know what they’re [...]

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 [...]

3 Time-Sucking Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Here are three mistakes restaurant owners and managers make on a daily basis that rob time, and make it difficult to get anything done in the restaurant. 1. Doing everything yourself I cannot [...]

Your Profitability is A Simple Word Problem

There is one, and really only one, system that ultimately is the key to your restaurant running profitably. And that simple system is so easy even a junior high school student could follow it. [...]

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 [...]

Tip to Lower Food Cost

Proper Portioning If you run a 30% food cost and over portion by 10%, you will raise your food cost to 33 percent.          

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 [...]

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