First Steps to Selling a Pizzeria

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You have options to cash out of the business without a succession plan Pizzeria operators looking to get out by selling their restaurants have several routes they can take — although ultimately, the path chosen depends on how financially successful the business is. Dennis Lombardi, president of Insight Dynamics, LLC, a Columbus, Ohio-based restaurant consultingMore »

Post-Hire Drug Testing

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What’s your employee sobriety responsibility? Employee drug testing is a hot button for many pizza restaurant operators. Most of the concern revolves around post-hire drug testing; pre-hire screening is typically more straightforward. Although laws vary by state — even by municipality — usually all operators must do to avoid discrimination charges is to make pre-hireMore »

Minor Employees: Fountain of Youth

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Are you up to speed on child labor laws? Minor employees often bring plenty of positives to the job. Although they’ll likely require a fair amount of rope-showing and schooling in workplace etiquette, young people are generally enthusiastic and eager-to-please –– a nice counterbalance to their lack of experience. However, minor employees come with laborMore »

Trending Spirits: Whiskey

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Whiskey is “front and center,” says Alexandra Sklansky, director, public relations, for the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), a Washington, D.C. trade association. “We’re in the middle of a global whiskey renaissance, nearly every single category of whiskey is growing. The popularity of whiskey in cocktails is helping to drive growth.” Ryan Magarian, bartender/co-proprietor of OvenMore »

Battling Burnout

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Keeping kitchen staff interested should be a top concern   Burnout on the cook or make lines can spell disaster for pizzerias, especially if undetected. Bored, fatigued or indifferent cooks can get sloppy and careless, endangering product consistency and quality. Burned-out employees become unreliable, arriving late or not bothering to show up at all, resultingMore »