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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 »

Dress for Success: Communication with staff is key when enforcing dress codes

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There is something noticeable about the staff’s look at Cocco’s Pizza in Primos, Pennsylvania — expression of individuality and brand awareness. Employees sport graphic T-shirts with the pizzeria’s name and logo. Owner Michael Cocco says his dress code reflects his crew’s personalities. Everyone is wearing something just a little different from one another. They canMore »

Regulars matter to a restaurant

Regulars matter to a restaurant

Seeing the same people frequent your pizzeria means you are doing something right. There are aspects of your business that draw them back over and over again, whether it’s your great pizza, friendly staff or comfortable environment. Building regular clientele is what operators strive for. In a recent article in The New York Times, formerMore »

Casual dining chain rolls out table-top tablets (With VIDEO)

Casual dining chain rolls out table-top tablets (With VIDEO)

Tech Watch — After testing table-top tablets for six months at 180 units, Chili’s Grill & Bar plans to roll out the tablets to most of its 1,266 locations in 2014. Uno Chicago Grill and Applebee’s have also installed the devices at some of their locations. Chili’s table-top tablets are loaded with menu options, games,More »

Great PR is just a slice away

Great PR is just a slice away

Want to know how to earn yourself an A for effort? Offer students pizza for studying. Such was the ingenious idea of Greenville House of Pizza. According to a Gawker article the restaurant rewards students who use the pizzeria as a study hall, and even offers free slices for As. While some pizzerias opt forMore »

Pizza proposal proves successful

Pizza proposal proves successful

A Colchester, England, man proposed to his girlfriend over pizza, literally. According to the East Anglian Daily Times, the two pizzas were topped with goat cheese, tomato, red onion and strategically placed spinach. One pie read, “High tide, low tide, I’ll be by your side” and the other read, “Let’s start our happily ever after.”More »

Restaurant owner kicks out war vet, service dog

Restaurant owner kicks out war vet, service dog

The owner of restaurant in Oxford, Massachusetts recently yelled profanities at a disabled Iraq war veteran when he entered the establishment with his service dog. James Glaser, who suffers from PTSD, was asked to leave even after providing the owner with his service dog’s certification papers. Glaser contacted the police. After officers explained the law,More »