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

Bar Staff Training Tips

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 »

The Young & the Workplace

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Managing teen employees presents unique challenges There’s no argument that teen employees can pose real challenges to pizzeria operators. They’re typically untrained, with little clue about how to behave in the workplace, interact with customers and get along with other employees. True, they may be a blank slate upon which you can write/train how youMore »

Critical Issues — Financial: Debt Management

2012 January: Debt Management

Is there such a thing as good debt?   Owning a restaurant means incurring debt — it goes with the territory. But not all debt is created equal; certain kinds can move you forward, other kinds can tilt you towards disaster. What spells the difference between good debt and bad? “Debt isn’t inherently bad orMore »