Lost River Pizza Company, Bowling Green KY — Kentucky Craftsman

keith Coffman_Lost River

Like a lot of his foodservice counterparts, Keith Coffman didn’t necessarily plan to become a pizza maker. In fact, he was doing quite well in other industries before opening Lost River Pizza in 2011. “I had zero experience in the restaurant business,” he says. “I had been a pharmaceutical sales rep. But that industry wasMore »

Fans for Life — Kid-friendly restaurants build generational clientele

kid-friendly restaurant, pizzeria

Mia Figlia (pronounced, “Mee-ah Fee-lee-ah”) is Italian for “My Daughter.” When John Boudouvas gave his Chicago restaurant that name in July 2010, it was to reflect “the two loves of his life” –– his daughters, Ellena and Angelina. And the restaurant name says it all. Boudouvas works hard to strike a balance between offering fineMore »

Battling Burnout

kitchen worker, battling burnout

Keeping kitchen staff interested should be a top concern   Burnout on the cook or make lines can spell disaster for pizzerias, especially if undetected. Bored, fatigued or indifferent cooks can get sloppy and careless, endangering product consistency and quality. Burned-out employees become unreliable, arriving late or not bothering to show up at all, resultingMore »