Four steps to better inventory management

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When it comes to inventory management, Brian Coli of Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub, a 13-year-old, two-store operation in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, knows he can’t afford to slip up. “Cost of goods sold makes up roughly one-third of our total expenses,” Coli says. “If we’re not paying attention to our inventory, it can become a problem. YouMore »

The Young & the Workplace

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Managing teen employees presents unique challenges There’s no argument that teen employees can pose real challenges to pizzeria operators. They’re typically untrained, with little clue about how to behave in the workplace, interact with customers and get along with other employees. True, they may be a blank slate upon which you can write/train how youMore »

‘Move over, darling’

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Dining room expansion gives you plenty of options Eight years ago, when competing pizza chains choked his business, Jim Jacobs renovated his dining room, adding a lunch buffet at Pisanello’s Pizza in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The result was magic. Customers on lunch breaks crammed the place. Ironically, that triggered a new challenge: “People I knowMore »

Get Busy

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Don’t overlook restaurant kitchen design for maximum efficiency We all know that location, location, location is oh-so-important to our business success. By now we’ve come to understand the basics to restaurant success and that is, besides location, great food and great customer service at a good value. I want to take this time to breakMore »

Commentary: Set Goals, Track Results, Thrive

Jeremy White

As we’re about 30 days into 2015 by the time this issue hits your hands, there’s a lot going on in the typical pizzeria. You’ve just gotten through your busy season as increased fall sales were highlighted by particularly huge nights on Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. You’re still icingMore »

Dough Doctor: What about white?

Tom Lehmann

The Dough Doctor talks white pizza, laminated dough   Q: We want to do something a little different and offer a white pizza. Can you give some suggestions to help get us started? A: The two approaches that I’ve used successfully to make white pizzas (pizzas made without the traditional red/tomato-based sauce) work quite wellMore »

A Communal Table: The Trendy seating movement can maximize square footage

Photo by Josh Keown

The idea of sitting at a table with complete strangers terrifies some, while energizing others. A table that seats eight to 16 may be considered communal-, gathering- or family-style, and it is a restaurant design concept that is building steam. Datassential, a research company that monitors restaurant industry trends, identified communal dining as No. 5More »

Critical Issues — Financial: Debt Management

2012 January: Debt Management

Is there such a thing as good debt?   Owning a restaurant means incurring debt — it goes with the territory. But not all debt is created equal; certain kinds can move you forward, other kinds can tilt you towards disaster. What spells the difference between good debt and bad? “Debt isn’t inherently bad orMore »