Employee Stock Ownership Plan: Keeping Your Dream Alive

2011 January: Keeping Your Dream Alive

In the midst of the bustle of running your restaurant, perhaps you sometimes pause to remember when you first opened your doors. Do you think about that future day when you’ll make your exit? Barbara Gabel and Zach Zachowski, who are self-described “think-ahead types,” began to consider their exit strategy when they reached their earlyMore »

Bet the Bank

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Business banking: It’s all about relationships No one needs to convince Jeff Janik, owner of the two-store Milton’s Pizza & Pasta enterprise in Raleigh, North Carolina, about the importance of banking relationships. From his store managers’ daily cash deposits to the loans he’s secured over the last 31 years to grow Milton’s, Janik knows aMore »

Reputation Management

2011 November: Reputation Management

“Your pizza sucks,” signed an ambiguous online customer reviewer. Most operators can relate to receiving a similar review on one of the many user-generated customer review Web sites. It’s just sitting out there for the world to see when someone searches for your pizzeria online. There’s a buzz from owners who are finding online user-generatedMore »

All Hands on Deck

2011 June: All Hands on Deck

Quality seasonal workers make the summer rush a lot easier Keeping an even staff level throughout the year is a great thing. You know your employees, they know their roles and staff turnover is steady and predictable. But for some pizzerias, that’s not an option. Summer comes on strong, and with it, a huge spikeMore »

Working while distracted

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Operators enforce employee cell phone policies   Cell phones have created some challenges for operators who want staff members to stay focused. In fact, employees were sneaking calls, not to mention texting, posting on Facebook and playing Candy Crush in the restrooms, says Megan Dennison, director of operations for Cane Rosso in Dallas. “They thinkMore »

Pricing Beverages

2012 December: Pricing Beverages

If you’re uncertain about your beverage pricing you’re not alone. Confusion over this aspect of operations is common and widespread, says Aaron Allen, global restaurant consultant with Orlando-based The Allen Group of Hospitality Companies. It’s a complicated proposition, says Allen. Set prices too high and you could drive customers to tap water (or to yourMore »

Online, mobile, tablet visibility critical to success

Online, mobile, tablet visibility critical to success

Can your pizzeria be found? Sometimes customers have trouble finding Coal Fire Pizza, located near Baltimore. “They’ll say, ‘We tried Google Maps and MapQuest and the directions were wrong,” says Dennis Sharoky, president of the five-unit company. “We look into it and we try to find us, and it comes up. Maybe they were doingMore »