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Corporate Accounts

Any ideas on how I can drum up more corporate lunch business? Corporate accounts can be very lucrative, as long as you keep their business by serving excellent food — on time! You’ve got to go after them in as many ways as you can. One great way to drum up new corporate business isMore »

Pizza Sticks to Screen

I bought some new pizza screens for use in my conveyor oven, but pizza keeps sticking to them. What is the problem? Before using new pizza screens, you need to spray them (make sure it’s an oil-based spray) and run them through the conveyor about 8 to 10 times, until they get dark in color. ThisMore »

Hiring Store Manager

I’m thinking of hiring a store manager and want to know your opinion on promoting from within or bringing someone new into the company. I’ve done both and it is definitely an easier transition to promote from within if you have the right candidate. One of the problems you could face occurs when the employeeMore »

Hand Toss for Convection Oven

My son just over a small bar/restaurant and really wants to offer hand-tossed pizzas. Can they be cooked in the convection oven? A: You can bake a decent pizza in a convection oven, but you can’t bake it in a pizza pan. See, in a traditional pizza oven, you have about 85 to 90 percentMore »

Cutting Corners

Considering the prices of pizza-related commodities today and the state of the U.S. economy, I understand the temptation to find a few corners here and there to cut. Slashing costs, after all, should theoretically result in a heftier bottom line. Don’t fool yourself. It doesn’t work that way. Truth is, cutting corners is a dangerousMore »

Location Selection

I’m looking at two locations. One is 3,000 square feet and centrally located in a busy shopping plaza. Rent is high and it will cost a lot of money to renovate. Parking is a bit of a problem in this busy plaza. The second location is across the street from a shopping plaza and isMore »

Shredding Cheese In House

Does it make sense to grind my own cheese, or should I buy it already done? A: Both make sense to do. It really depends on your space and the complexity of your menu and other food preparation techniques. I tend to have a large menu with a pretty big prep list. Therefore, it madeMore »

Handling Power Outages

It was a Friday night in late August, and an unexpected thunderstorm came and went rather suddenly. The damage was modest, but it knocked out power to much of the area in which I live. It was dinner time and my hungry toddler, like most little ones, wanted pizza. Naturally, I was happy to oblige.More »

Waiting Area

I’m opening my first pizzeria and am building a freestanding unit. My question is: is it worth the extra construction expense to add a lobby/waiting area? I’m going to have 32 four-top tables and eight six-person booths. With a restaurant that size, it would be foolish not to include at least a small waiting area. YouMore »

POS Systems

I know you’ve talked in the past of purchasing a POS system. How did you justify the cost? They seem so expensive. A: It was definitely a huge move. I did a lot of research by talking to other business owners that did similar volume as I was doing. I asked them how they feltMore »