Front Of The House

October 20, 2014

Service: Is this going to be on the test?

Educating servers can keep customers satisfied and increase check averages   Restaurant customers ask many questions, ranging from “What’s the special?” to “Is there gluten in the salad dressing?” Servers need to be educated so they can answer even the most difficult queries about the menu, daily specials and wine pairings. They also need to… Read More

wheelchair ramp at enterance

September 22, 2014

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

Minding the complexity of the Americans with Disabilities Act may make your head spin with worry. Face it –– this law creates frustration for many, not only because of the business cost it incurs, but also because of fear that an unhappy customer will sue you for an overlooked incursion. But take heart, because the… Read More

September 15, 2014

Engaged: Five critical moments of service

I was traveling the interstate close to midnight when I stopped by a restaurant still open in the small community of Canyonville, Oregon. My 18-year-old waiter, Kyle, graduated last year from his small high school in a senior class of 12 students. He was not the best in the technical aspects of formal tableside dining… Read More

September 1, 2014

Don’t fall flat

Keep tabs on your flatware count   Noble Pie Parlor in Reno, Nevada, stays open until 5 a.m. on weekends, and that means one thing: the flatware is going to disappear. “In Reno the bars don’t close, technically,” says co-owner Trevor Leppek. “We are serving pizza to customers who don’t realize there is a fork… Read More

thai chicken pizza nuts

August 25, 2014

Food Allergies & Your Pizzeria: How to Prevent Cross-contamination

Tucked in the technology enclave of San Jose, California, Willow Street Wood-Fired Pizza’s three restaurants draw a hip, sophisticated and highly educated clientele. And with all of that education comes a high demand for not only healthy food, but also customer knowledge about food allergies and sensitivities, says Nancy Reineking, the company’s director of operations…. Read More

Photo by Rick Daugherty

August 11, 2014

Digital Menu Boards

Walk the average commercial block and you may notice a lot more digital signage about.The retail sector, including restaurants, has seen a surge in digital displays. Raf Vanreusel, managing partner at TelemediaVision in Baltimore, Maryland, says retail is one of the fastest growing markets for digital signage. The QSR industry was an early adopter of… Read More

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August 1, 2014

Turn down the decibels

Breaking down noise and how to reduce it in your pizzeria   Recent restaurant design trends have leaned towards open spaces, high ceilings, hard floors and tables and lots of windows — all of which can wreak havoc on noise levels. Architects and interior designers think about how great the space will look, says Lisa… Read More

July 28, 2014

Dinnerware – Single Use

Disposable plates and utensils may not sound like a good way to go in this day and age of green fever, but some pizza restaurant operators are saying that’s what their customers want –– and what works for them, rather than real china and metal utensils that have to be washed. For a more casual… Read More

July 21, 2014

Floor Dance

With so many options available, upgrading or replacing a floor can be overwhelming. But, if an operator can identify the needs of the restaurant, flooring can be a perfect reflection of design and function. “Restaurant floors should be planned and designed with practicality and safety as the top considerations,” says Restaurant Consultant Aaron Allen. Allen… Read More

July 14, 2014

The Science of Servers

CRITICAL ISSUES: Employee Hiring Retention Hiring right people can make or break your restaurant It might surprise you to hear Brett Steiner’s No. 1 priority for his servers at Russo’s New York Pizzeria in Germantown, Tennessee: “School comes first,” says Steiner, who owns one of the 30 Houston-based franchises. Five years ago when he launched… Read More

Restaurant Customer Service is Critical for Success

When a customer first walks through you door, they make a quick assessment of their surroundings, including your floor plan and restaurant design. After that, it’s up to your employees to get them to come back. Many customers admit poor service will keep them from returning to a restaurant despite enjoying its food. Staff training and management are critical for success. Front-of-the-house employees should look –– and act –– the important part of host in a dining room, and proper training is the key to making that happen.

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Restaurant Design and Floor Plans Set the Tone of Your Business

How well does your restaurant design fit with your concept? Not only does décor play a part in creating your brand but also the type of service you offer. Dine-in, counter service, delivery and carryout can all play a part in creating customers’ opinions of a restaurant’s business. If a restaurateur is ready for a rebranding, renovation and remodeling floor plans may create fresh eye appeal and breathe new life into an ailing concept.

Discover restaurant design trends and advice in the Front of the House at Pizza Today.