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DOWNLOAD: Menu Engineering Worksheets
DOWNLOAD: Menu Engineering Worksheets Menu engineering is one of the most profitable exercises any operator can engage in. Use this powerful and fully automated tool to assess the profitability of your menu items based on their food cost, selling price, gross margin and popularity. . . . more >>
Are You Relying Too Much on Your P&L
If you're waiting until you get your P&L to know how your restaurant is performing it may be too late. While a monthly or 4- week P&L is extremely important, it should be used primarily as a tool t . . . more >>
"86" Your Kitchen Trash Cans
Think about the trash cans in your kitchen. Probably not the most pleasant thought but trash cans in the kitchen have been referred to as "black holes of profitability." Any restaurant is at ri . . . more >>
How to Have Enough Cash for Payments You Can't Afford to Miss
Have you ever been faced with a sales tax or payroll tax payment deadline and not have the cash to pay it? Many operators have and if you're one of them you know the taxing authorities always get t . . . more >>
When Gifts Become Kickbacks and Lead to Problems for Restaurant Owners
When Gifts Become Kickbacks and Lead to Problems for Restaurant Owners Every restaurant should have a straightforward and well- communicated policy regarding what's appropriate and not appropriate to receive from suppliers in the form of gifts. Wal-Mart employees cannot accept anything from a supplier, not even a free cup of coffee. . . . more >>
Don't Let Bar Tabs Slow You Down (& Be a Downer for Your Guests Too)
Don't Let Bar Tabs Slow You Down (& Be a Downer for Your Guests Too) Don't let a cumbersome bar tab policy slow down your operation and annoy your customers. Today's POS systems can easily transfer bar tabs to specific tables. . . . more >>
Are You Managing BOTH Sides of Your Restaurant?
There are essentially two separate sides or sets of functions to manage in every restaurant. First, every restaurant has an " operational" side. The operational side is basically what gets done . . . more >>
Do You Know Who Your Most Important Customer Is?
Ask a restaurant owner who their most important customers is and they'll likely name some big spending regular or a local business who calls in large catering orders. Chances are, your most impo . . . more >>
Do Your Servers Understand the Magic Minute?
Do Your Servers Understand the Magic Minute? As a customer, we all know what tends to happen to our mood when, after being seated, we wait and wait to be recognized by someone. A good rule of thumb, is for your guests to be greeted within 60 seconds after being seated. Any longer than a minute and the potential for . . . more >>
Every Restaurant Should Have a Shoe Policy (yes, you read that right)
Insist that all your employees wear shoes with slip-resistant soles. Falls are the most common accident in foodservice. Back injuries resulting from these slips are among the most debilitating in ou . . . more >>
Cut Staff Turnover By Taking Better Care of Your New Employees
Cut Staff Turnover By Taking Better Care of Your New Employees Many restaurants lose a large percentage of newly hired employees (some as much as 30% to 50%) during their first 2 weeks of employment. As you know, employee turnover is expensive, disruptive to operations and makes the job of managing a restaurant even more of a challenge than it already is. . . . more >>
Don't Lose Money You Never Knew You Had: The Compelling Case For Conducting Surprise Cash Counts
Don't Lose Money You Never Knew You Had: The Compelling Case For 
Conducting Surprise Cash Counts One of the most common ways for cashiers (and, of course, bartenders) to earn extra money on the side is to "build the till." It's a simple process of placing all the cash they receive from customers exactly where it's supposed to go, in the cash drawer. However. . . . more >>
Better Portioning Means a Better Restaurant
Better Portioning Means a Better Restaurant Product portioning is one of the most important activities in any restaurant. It effects your guests' experience, food quality and food cost which means you end up paying on several levels when it?s not done right way every time. . . . more >>
What's a Loyal Customer Worth?
Does it drive you crazy when a customer complains and you end up having to comp a meal or two? Do you get on your staff when they substitute a baked potato for the vegetables? If so, you may be foc . . . more >>
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