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Parking Wars: How accessible is your pizzeria?

2011 June: Parking Wars

The running joke at Piecora’s Pizza in Seattle reads: “We sell parking, and it comes with food.” With restaurants and bars blanketing Piecora’s high-density Seattle neighborhood and street parking at a premium, the pizzeria’s 45-stall parking lot stands both a welcome site to customers and a boon to business. “Without the parking lot, our salesMore »

Eating With The Eyes

2012 March: Eating With The Eyes

Front-of-the-house display cases put ancillary products in customers’ sights Whenever Tony DiSilvestro designs a new YNot Pizza, an endeavor he’s tackled three times since opening his first restaurant in 1993, he encounters the same conundrum: where to put the 28 feet of display cases he says are vital to his business. In each of DiSilvestro’sMore »

Green Thumb

2012 JULY: Green Thumb

Love it or hate it, spinach has the potential to be a big hit on your menu and can be utilized in appetizers, pizza, pasta and entrées. I have loved spinach since I was a kid. In sixth grade, at recess, when most kids went across the street with their pocket full of change toMore »

Trending Recipe: How To Franken Sausage

Franken Sausage, Pizza, recipe, pepperoni, bacon

If you want to take it to the next level (and you’re gonna want to with this recipe) check out the best dang sausage you’ll ever taste combining fresh unseasoned bulk sausage with pre-cooked bacon crumbles, pepperoni and spices! Check out some out-of-the-box sausage pizza ideas. Franken Sausage 3 cups (or 29 ounces) of freshMore »

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 »

Man on the Street: Good vibrations

Scott Weiner

Even the biggest dive spots have a vibe to cash in on Marketing folks call it “branding” but I’ll just call it “vibe.” It’s a huge part of what attracts me to (or keeps me away from) your business. I don’t believe there are any best pizzerias, only pizzerias that fit better for different situations.More »

Got it Covered

2012 August: Got it Covered

Be proactive and prompt with upholstery care At home, it is easy to camouflage spills, messes and mishaps to furniture. Cover a stain on the carpet with a rug Hide a nick in a table with a cloth. Bury the mess on the couch by flipping the cushion over. But in a restaurant, furniture mishapsMore »

Time Constraints

2012 August: Time Constraints

Budget for construction plans and mishaps with pro Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. This English proverb is never truer than when undertaking a construction project. Whether an operator is expanding an existing location, building one from the ground up or the inside out, any project, big or small, will hit roadblocksMore »

Pricing Beverages

2012 December: Pricing Beverages

If you’re uncertain about your beverage pricing you’re not alone. Confusion over this aspect of operations is common and widespread, says Aaron Allen, global restaurant consultant with Orlando-based The Allen Group of Hospitality Companies. It’s a complicated proposition, says Allen. Set prices too high and you could drive customers to tap water (or to yourMore »

Menu Matters: Food Allergies

2009 July: Menu Matters

It may seem silly to grill a server about the contents of the pizza sauce or the brownie sundae, but to someone with a food allergy or intolerance, it’s a serious concern. Jennifer Parks, managing partner of Pizza Fusion in Mesa, Arizona, has two daughters who are wheat intolerant and a mother with Celiac disease,More »