Operator Expense Breakdown

Operator Expense Breakdown

Chances are, your employees think you strike it rich with each sale. They don’t realize you have to keep your lights on, buy more cheese and market to keep customers. If you make a $10 sale, they think you’re putting $10 in your pocket. Boy, wouldn’t a 100 percent profit margin be nice? If youMore »

Scheduling: Pencil Me In

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Making a schedule that actually works takes time and effort from management and staff Putting together the pieces of a scheduling puzzle requires flexibility, time and the ability to see into the future. Operators need to balance the demands of their restaurant’s customers with the availability of their employees, handle last-minute staff requests and makeMore »

What a Loss

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Do you know how to factor loss into your financials?   Shrinkage, spoilage, breakage, over-use of ingredients, unrecorded sales, incomplete order deliveries, unanticipated repairs, turnover, even outright theft — there are countless ways to lose money in the restaurant business, says Aaron Allen, founder and CEO of Aaron Allen & Associates, an Orlando-based restaurant industryMore »

Marketing to lazy customers

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Use POS data to reinvigorate relationships with disengaged patrons   You have heard it said that if you ‘want a friend, be a friend.’ We all need relationships for our lives to be complete. The same is true with our businesses. It depends on the relationship developed with the customer. “The most practical, beautiful, workableMore »

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 »