Franchise Dodger

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Seeking to grow without entering the franchise game a tricky feat Peter Taylor recognizes his strengths and his limitations. A nationally renowned restaurant operator, Taylor knows he can make a mean pie, but acknowledges he’s not the man to scale a concept. “I know pizza, but that doesn’t make me the guy capable of growingMore »

Act like they own the place

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Employee ownership can boost productivity   Operators want to reward their best workers, but there are only so many promotions an employee can earn. One way to keep key employees is to offer them ownership in the company. That can mean anything from shares of stock to franchise ownership. It’s a good way not onlyMore »

Marketing Theme Nights

Marketing Theme Nights

Everyone loves your pizza, but sometimes people need another reason to visit on a weeknight. Some operators find that theme nights are a good way to attract customers on a slow night, create buzz about the restaurant, and most importantly, build relationships with people who become repeat customers. Chris Ransom, owner and manager of GrandMore »

Tip Pooling: Can you legally mandate it in your pizzeria?

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Lynn’s Paradise Café, a funky and popular eatery for 22 years in Louisville, Kentucky, suddenly closed down in January after employees publicly complained about a tip pooling arrangement. The owner was requiring servers to carry $100 cash at all times to “tip out” coworkers. Kentucky Jobs for Justice, an organization that advocated for the workers,More »

Protect customers’ information from security breaches

2012 January: Security Breach

Stolen credit cards. Data security breaches. Identity theft and fraud. When customers come to your restaurant or place a phone or Web order, these issues are probably not even on their radar, but they should be on yours. If you’re not careful, your customers, employees, even your business could be at risk of experiencing aMore »

The Big Break-Up

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The dissolution of a partnership doesn’t have to be painful   If a restaurant partnership is similar to a marriage (as many will attest it is), then dissolving a partnership must be very much like going through a divorce — which should be a scary thought for anyone contemplating such a move. “Unfortunately, partnership split-upsMore »

Out In The Open

2012 March: Out In The Open

Nick Sarillo, owner of Nick’s Pizza and Pub, takes home $120,000 a year, and he doesn’t care who knows it, including –– and perhaps most importantly –– the 200 full and part-time staffers who work for him. Sarillo, who operates pizzerias in Elgin and Crystal Lake, Illinois, has an open books policy, which means heMore »

Finding Greatness

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Hiring the right people can make or break your business   For reasons well known to pizzeria operators, finding great employees, particularly for entry-level positions, is often “throw-up-your-hands” frustrating. But despite the challenges it’s entirely possible to staff your restaurant with people you can count on to show up, perform to (or exceed) your expectationsMore »

Loyalty Programs: In the Club

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The Greek poet Euripides said: “One loyal friend is worth 10,000 relatives.” Think about the truthfulness of that statement. Friendship is a relationship we are not born into but still choose to cherish. In the hospitality industry, we form relationships with our customers and treat them like dear friends. We reach out, listen and reactMore »