Turn Around

2012 February: Turn Around

Underperforming operations need to get SLOPPIE   If your sales are increasing, give yourself a big pat on the back. If your sales are flat, and you are barely breaking even, welcome to the new normal. If you are afraid of what the future has in stock for your store, the clock is ticking. TheMore »

Big Dave Ostrander talks dough consistency

Pizza Industry Expert Big Dave Ostrander talks dough consistency

Q: Dave, I make my dough fresh every day. Some days it’s perfect and others it’s either too soft or too firm. Since I hand stretch, this is a big deal. What am I doing wrong? Tony S. via e-mail A: Hey Tony! Early on, I also suffered from this dough problem. Back in theMore »

Ask Big Dave: Getting up to Speed on Accounting

2013 March: Ask Big Dave

Q: My brother and I own a pizzeria and deli. We have been open almost two years and business has been OK, but not terrible. We are paying bills, payroll is covered and my brother and I are making money. I don’t think we are making profit; I feel we are making salary for theMore »

Minimize Employee Theft

Minimize Employee Theft

We are in a cash business. We have cash everywhere. In the cash drawers, delivery wallets, petty cash box, night deposit and office. I wouldn’t begin to estimate how much cash has been stolen from me. The amount would probably make me ill. I can document close to a hundred thousand dollars. It’s been saidMore »

Pizza Industry Expert Big Dave Ostrander talks take-and-bake pizza instructions

Dave Ostrander

Q: I’m tinkering with adding a take-and-bake component to my pizzeria, but it makes me nervous because I don’t want to be blamed when customers fall asleep and burn their pizzas! How can I avoid this? Brent Bishop via Facebook A: I’m on record as being a take-and-bake fan. It makes sense on so manyMore »

Pizza Industry Expert Big Dave Ostrander talk prime cost percentage

Pizza Industry Expert Big Dave Ostrander talk prime cost percentage

Q: Greetings, Dave. Just searching for an exact answer nowadays for what percentages should be in a pizza shop. Food cost, rent, utilities, payroll, etc. Can’t seem to get a definitive answer. Thanks. Kenny A. Pizza Works Burlington, Massachusetts A: Hey Kenny, you came to the right place. There is never an exact answer forMore »