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Buying Equipment: New or Used?

Buying Equipment: New or Used?

Jim Fischer’s been in the pizza game for nearly 40 years and in that time, he’s never purchased a new oven. “Not a single one. It’s always been a demo model or a remanufactured oven,” says Fischer, who, after a lengthy run as a Little Caesar’s franchisee, now owns Pizza Patrol, a two-unit operation inMore »

The Art & Science of Menu Design

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When the commodities markets spiked in 2010, squeezing the margins of pizzeria outlets across the country, Joey Buona’s crafted a proactive response: the Milwaukee-based eatery redesigned its menu with an eye on profitability, as well as style. “We certainly wanted a menu that looked nice and was well organized, but we were most concerned aboutMore »

December 2013: Social Media

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Pizza Tweets Pizza Shuttle @pizzashuttle Grab this YUMMY DEAL! Lg 3-topp pizza & 2 chocolatechip cookies $12 Mon 10/14-Thur 10/17 Dine-in, Pick-up, Delivery http://ow.ly/i/3q7N1 Why it works: This Tweet got in a lot of info in a short amount of characters. Pizza Shuttle put together an attractive package and the link led to a giantMore »

What’s My Pizzeria Worth?

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Unlike automobiles or homes, assigning a value to any business, let alone a restaurant enterprise such as a pizzeria, can be a biased, meandering task filled with subjectivity, high emotion and figure-swaying details. It’s anything but concrete. A.J. Edelstein of The Restaurant Brokers, a Tempe, Arizona-based commercial real estate firm that specializes in restaurant deals,More »

Tip Pooling: Can you legally mandate it in your pizzeria?

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Lynn’s Paradise Café, a funky and popular eatery for 22 years in Louisville, Kentucky, suddenly closed down in January after employees publicly complained about a tip pooling arrangement. The owner was requiring servers to carry $100 cash at all times to “tip out” coworkers. Kentucky Jobs for Justice, an organization that advocated for the workers,More »

Employee Incentive Programs Help Control Turnover

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Inside the Chicago-based corporate office of Home Run Inn, a wall features dozens of photographs of employees who have been with the 90-year-old company for more than two decades. For Home Run Inn president Dan Costello, the images not only celebrate loyal employees, but also remind corporate staff that employees — from GMs to busboysMore »

Pizzerias kick off National Pizza Month

Pizzerias kick off National Pizza Month

In case you were too busy to glance at the calendar, October has started, and that means National Pizza Month is in full swing. At a loss on how to celebrate? Many pizza shops have already started, and they’re getting the press to prove it. Want to know how some pizzerias are celebrating? a expositoryMore »