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2012 September: HISTORY WAS MADE AT THE YNOT PIZZA GAMES

Virginia Beach, VA — September 17, 2012. Although not officially adjudicated, the Guinness World Record for the highest pizza toss was broken at Ynot Pizza and Italian Cuisine’s 3rd Annual “YNOT PIZZA GAMES” held September 15, 2012 on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The old record was set by Joe Carlucci on April 20th, 2006 atMore »

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 »

Sales Percentage for Rent

I’m not sure what I should expect to pay for rent. What percentage of my sales should rent account for? You really can’t know what your sales will be projected at until you find an appropriate space that is suitable for your concept. When you find the best spot for yourself, then you need to determineMore »

Turning Tables

Have you ever participated in local festivals by setting up a food booth? Is it worth the trouble and expense? Do you actually make a profit, or is it just more to get your name out there in the community? I participate in those as often as I can. There are definitely a couple thatMore »

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 »

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 »

Hospitality Service

If your customers rated you right now on your service and overall hospitality, how would you do? If you are absolutely, positively certain they would say they always feel welcome and appreciated inside your pizzeria, congratulations. Go on to reading the rest of the magazine and skip this column. For the rest of you, it’sMore »

Meal Portion Sizes

How do you determine portion sizes? How much difference should there bebetween lunch and dinner portions? Well, first you need to determine what food cost percentage you want to run. Then you’ve got to cost out your raw product by the ounce. Make sure you include the cost of everything that comes with it such as complimentaryMore »