Author Archives: Nora Caley

Working while distracted

cell phone policy smart phone

Operators enforce employee cell phone policies   Cell phones have created some challenges for operators who want staff members to stay focused. In fact, employees were sneaking calls, not to mention texting, posting on Facebook and playing Candy Crush in the restrooms, says Megan Dennison, director of operations for Cane Rosso in Dallas. “They thinkMore »

Online, mobile, tablet visibility critical to success

Online, mobile, tablet visibility critical to success

Can your pizzeria be found? Sometimes customers have trouble finding Coal Fire Pizza, located near Baltimore. “They’ll say, ‘We tried Google Maps and MapQuest and the directions were wrong,” says Dennis Sharoky, president of the five-unit company. “We look into it and we try to find us, and it comes up. Maybe they were doingMore »

Delivery drivers — The big screen

Photos by Rick Daugherty & Josh Keown

Keep your drivers — and the public — safe by checking job applicants’ pasts Delivering a pizza means more than just getting the fresh hot pie to the customer quickly. Operators have to make sure their delivery drivers do not harm anyone through a vehicular accident or a crime. One way to help prevent theseMore »

Employee Social Media Monitoring: On Line

2013 February: On Line

Should you monitor your employees’ social media use? Admit it: you’ve Googled people you know to find out more about them, and you’ve used Facebook to look up old friends without actually contacting them. You might even have used social media to do a quick background check on a job candidate, or to help youMore »

Security systems protect assets, boost sales

Security systems protect assets, boost sales

Slater says all four locations of Blue Moon Pizza have cameras. Their value is not just in catching the bad guys but probably alson deterring crime. “We have small signs stating that this business is under surveillance,” he says. “We like to keep honest people honest.” Other operators say they would not think of openingMore »

The Service Command Center

Steel City Pizza Server station

Server stations keep the kitchen and dining room flowing When Aaron Baumhackl, chef and co-owner of Solstice Wood Fire Café, relocated the restaurant to Hood River, Oregon, in December 2013, he consulted an expert about where to put the server stations. “I needed more input from the floor manager,” says Baumhackl, who moved the eateryMore »

Pizza Delivery: Street Smart

Photo by Josh Keown

Pizza delivery can be dangerous, but there is some good news. The job is not as dangerous as people think, and technology can help make the work safer. Although pizza delivery is often mentioned as one of the ten most dangerous occupations, no such list exists. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, outMore »

Marketing Theme Nights

Marketing Theme Nights

Everyone loves your pizza, but sometimes people need another reason to visit on a weeknight. Some operators find that theme nights are a good way to attract customers on a slow night, create buzz about the restaurant, and most importantly, build relationships with people who become repeat customers. Chris Ransom, owner and manager of GrandMore »

Pushing Appetizers

2011 February: Pushing Appetizers

When San Ramon, California-based Straw Hat Pizza wanted to increase appetizer sales, they turned on the TVs. The 61-unit company partnered with Coca-Cola and created a three-minute video showcasing the chain’s Snack-A-Tizers and Coca-Cola products. Store owners bought television sets that they placed on the order counters, and customers watched the Snack-A-Tizer loop –– which,More »

Restaurant design trends take on classic good looks

Garage Bar Communal Table

Nothing goes better with pizza than reclaimed wood. At least that’s one big trend in restaurant design right now. Operators and design experts say as the new year opens, emerging concepts and longtime restaurants are looking to classic finishes to make dining areas warm and inviting. Among those finishes is reused wood for tabletops. “WhatMore »