Tasty Sips

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Establish a marketplace niche, deliver a more cohesive dining experience with coffee and tea service   History tells us Kenny Howard isn’t afraid to gamble. When Howard opened Fireflour in 2012, he bet that blue-collar Bismarck, North Dakota, would embrace artisan pizza. A year later, Howard doubled down. He took over an adjacent storefront andMore »

Franchise Dodger

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Seeking to grow without entering the franchise game a tricky feat Peter Taylor recognizes his strengths and his limitations. A nationally renowned restaurant operator, Taylor knows he can make a mean pie, but acknowledges he’s not the man to scale a concept. “I know pizza, but that doesn’t make me the guy capable of growingMore »

The top 7 reasons pizzerias fail — and how to avoid a similar fate

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For Dave Garcia, Alamo City Pizza didn’t go according to plan. In 2010, Garcia closed his six-year-old, San Antonio-based pizzeria. After a failed attempt to buy the building his shop inhabited, Garcia’s landlord presented a 10-year lease with a hefty rent increase. Amid such burdensome overhead costs in a 900-square foot space, Garcia simply decidedMore »

Food Safety 101

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Building a safe food culture in your establishment   For the last 37 years, Pizza Wheel has been charming the folks of 8,200-resident Bellevue, Ohio, with quality pizza and friendly service. In that time, Pizza Wheel has also been charming another group: the county’s health inspectors. Last year, the 25-seat pizzeria captured the Gold PlateMore »

Why should a pizzeria launch a smart phone mobile app?

WHY SHOULD A PIZZERIA LAUNCH A SMART PHONE MOBILE APP?

In both distance and mindset, Grand Forks, North Dakota, is far from the dreamy-eyed, tech-charged ways of Silicon Valley. This reality does not escape Tyler Kuenzel. “There’s a lag in technology in North Dakota and it takes a while for something to move to adoption,” says Kuenzel, co-owner of Deek’s Pizza, an 18-year-old concept withMore »

The Driver’s Paycheck

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With 130 Domino’s Pizza outlets under his charge, Glenn Mueller signs plenty of checks for delivery drivers. The head of Gulfport, Mississippi- based RPM Pizza, Mueller, a 30-year veteran of the pizza world, has watched competitors throughout the restaurant landscape rush into the delivery business with little understanding of its nuance and complexities. And theMore »

Hiring a Manager

2011 March: Hiring a Manager

In 1993, Tony DiSilvestro and his wife, Cynthia, opened Ynot Pizza and Italian Cuisine in Virginia Beach. “We were 24 years old and doing it all,” DiSilvestro recalls, operating a store with little more than hope, previous experience and used equipment. Within the first year, DiSilvestro had a revelation. Neither he nor his wife couldMore »

Bet the Bank

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Business banking: It’s all about relationships No one needs to convince Jeff Janik, owner of the two-store Milton’s Pizza & Pasta enterprise in Raleigh, North Carolina, about the importance of banking relationships. From his store managers’ daily cash deposits to the loans he’s secured over the last 31 years to grow Milton’s, Janik knows aMore »

BYOB: Bring it in

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BYOB creates an array of unique considerations When Joe Burke Jr. opened TreVi Pizza three years ago in Glenside, Pennsylvania, he was excited by liquor sales’ robust profit margins and the food-and-beverage pairings he could promote with a curated selection of wine, cocktails and beer. Unfortunately, Burke could not digest the expense of a $200,000-plusMore »

Eating With The Eyes

2012 March: Eating With The Eyes

Front-of-the-house display cases put ancillary products in customers’ sights Whenever Tony DiSilvestro designs a new YNot Pizza, an endeavor he’s tackled three times since opening his first restaurant in 1993, he encounters the same conundrum: where to put the 28 feet of display cases he says are vital to his business. In each of DiSilvestro’sMore »