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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 »

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 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 »

2012 March: Il Pizzaiolo: Pi Pizzeria

2012 March: Il Pizzaiolo: Pi Pizzeria

Pi Pizzeria in St. Louis, Missouri, has a story of grand proportions, yet it’s an indelible fixture in the restaurant’s history. The young, hip shop in the eclectic Delmar Loop neighborhood had only been open six months when co-owner and founder Chris Sommers delivered Pi’s signature deep dish to presidential hopeful Barack Obama during aMore »

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 »

2012 March: In The Know

2012 March: In The Know

You receive a notice in the mail that an ex-employee is filing for unemployment. But he quit the company and one doesn’t receive unemployment for that. He wasn’t fired; he wasn’t demoted and sulked off in dejection; he wasn’t harassed into submitting his resignation. Even though you believe that, in these tough times, ex-workers needMore »

2012 March: Walls Speak

2012 March: Walls Speak

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what hangs on an operator’s walls says a lot. Whether it is comprised of pictures, artwork, awards, sports memorabilia or a little bit of everything, a restaurant’s wall décor speaks volumes to customers. An elegant piece of art reveals a restaurant’s style; framed sports memorabilia representsMore »