Game On

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Be in tune with rules for successful broadcasting   Even though pizza was created (and perfected) well before television was invented, they go together as if they were made for each other. Having a slice while watching the game is a great way to spend a couple hours as a guest, and operators know thatMore »

Hops & Pie, Denver, Co. — Drafted

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Hops & Pie selected as a top Denver spot for artisan pizza and craft beer   Denver, Colorado ,ranks as one of most notable craft beer cities in the country. Amid its brewing explosion, Hops & Pie has become a top beer and pizza lovers’ destination. Restaurateurs Drew and Leah Watson have weaved together aMore »

Five winter soups (recipes) are…

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Of course, January is National Soup Month. It’s winter and warm soup hits the spot. Five customer-pleasing, comfort winter soups to menu are: Click each soup title to go to a full recipe with instructions. For more winter recipe ideas, check out the 2015 Pizza Today Menu Guide.

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 »

Restaurant design trends take on classic good looks

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Nothing goes better with pizza than reclaimed wood. At least that’s one big trend in restaurant design right now. Operators and design experts say as the new year opens, emerging concepts and longtime restaurants are looking to classic finishes to make dining areas warm and inviting. Among those finishes is reused wood for tabletops. “WhatMore »

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 »

Trending Recipe: French Brûlée Martini

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This toasty martini is served warm. It’s perfect for cold-weather months and includes seasonal items you don’t need to store year ’round.   French Brûlée Martini Courtesy of BoomBozz Pizza and Taphouse, Louisville, Kentucky 2 ounces top-shelf vodka ¼ ounce Chambord 4 ounces hot water 2 tablespoons hot cocoa mix 2 marshmallows White chocolate syrupMore »

Lucky Pie, Denver, Co. — A Tale of Two Locations

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Colorado-based Lucky Pie goes urban and small town   Lucky Pie –– with a location in Denver, Colorado, and one in its far northwestern suburb of Louisville, Colorado –– is proof positive that a concept originated in a small town of 18,000 can translate to a bustling metropolitan downtown district. Brendan McManus has worked hisMore »

Dough Doctor: Early Riser

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The Dough Doctor talks salt, breakfast pizza   Q: We are thinking about opening earlier in the morning to get in on some of the breakfast trade. Do you have any suggestions as to what we could make that would be well accepted? A: While some stores make smaller, individual-sized pizza topped with ham, bacon,More »