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2012 April: Raided

2012 April: Raided

It’s a small business owner’s nightmare: Discovering that the competition has “raided” your staff, leaving you with a skeletal crew to run your restaurant. Employee raids are unethical, commonplace and pose a real threat to you. “This sort of thing happens under the radar –– employee to employee –– and bosses are not informed,” saysMore »

2012 April: Safe, Not Sorry

One chilly November night, two employees working late at a suburban Milwaukee pizzeria decided to step out for a cigarette before cleaning up for the night. Within a split-second after opening the back door, they faced a gun barrel and three men. The trio forced the employees back inside, where the gunman pistol-whipped one employee.More »

2012 April: Raid The Pantry

It’s certainly important to consider and sample new items to incorporate into our menu to keep our customer base excited and interested. Although I do think it’s critical to periodically introduce new dishes, it’s not always necessary to bring in new ingredients. All too often we overlook the obvious –– existing inventory we already have.More »

2012 April: Did You Know?/Places That Rock

2012 April: Did You Know?/Places That Rock

Beer sales in U.S. restaurants rose by 9 percent last year. According to American Heritage, the number of American pizza parlors grew from 500 in 1934 to 20,000 in 1956. Last month’s International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas concluded with a $20,000 giveaway to one lucky attendee. /// Places That Rock // Green Zone PizzaMore »

2012 April: My Turn

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Twenty five years ago, I was a senior at Northern Valley Old Tappan High School, in NJ. I was a football player, skier, and very social. I had my entire life ahead of me, the world at my feet so to speak. Unlike many of my friends, heading off to college, I had different plans.More »

2012 April: Warning Signs

Sometimes, despite the most well thought out business plan, access to capital and a good product, restaurants fail. When this happens, any number of factors — in fact, it’s most often a combination of many — can be to blame. From poor marketing to nonexistent customer service to a lousy location, a few missteps todayMore »

2012 April: Forbidden Fruit?

Hawaiian Pizza and its variations broke the mold years ago, combining sweet, tart pineapple with savory, salty ham to create a menu favorite across the country. While pineapple has become a mainstay on many pizzerias’ toppings lists, there is a world of fruits just waiting to find their way onto your pizzas. Mango, cranberries, apples,More »

Hispanic Customers: The Untapped Market

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When Sylvia Melendez Klinger had family visit her in Chicago from Mexico, she ordered pizza for the kids. “It’s the universal food, no matter where you’re from everyone knows it.” But she took note of one major difference. Her Mexican nephews would only eat their slices when dipped in ranch dressing. “It reminded me thatMore »

2012 March: Bruschetta Basics

2012 March: Bruschetta Basics

Bruschetta (broo-SKEH-tah) has emerged as a very popular appetizer (running a close second to fried calamari). In the Italian repertoire of appetizers, offering bruschetta makes a lot of sense. It’s easy to prepare, it holds well (meaning it can be prepped well ahead) and it can be offered at an attractive price. The food costsMore »