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10 Ways to Increase Check Averages

10 Ways to Increase Check Averages

Increasing check averages means more profits for your restaurant and bigger tips for your staff. It really is that simple. Here are a few strategies to get you started. Offer meal deals. Today's consumers are looking for value and convenience. Many full-service...

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10 Ways to Increase Check Averages

Increasing check averages means more profits for your restaurant and bigger tips for your staff. It really is that simple. Here are a few strategies to get you started. Offer meal deals. Today's consumers are looking for value and convenience. Many full-service...

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How to Outrun the Competition

How to Outrun the Competition

You’ve heard the story: Two hikers encounter an angry bear in the forest. One of them opens their backpack, pulls out their running shoes, and begins putting them on as fast as they can. The other watches and says incredulously, “You don’t think you’re going to outrun...

Mentor Material? (Maybe Not)

Mentor Material? (Maybe Not)

Susan is your best employee. She’s friendly, she’s fast, she’s knowledgeable. She wins almost every sales contest and loyal guests ask for her by name. You want to clone her (and maybe you should), but don’t make her a mentor. Why not? The best mentor is not always...

Restaurant Incentives, Rewards & Contests

Restaurant Incentives, Rewards & Contests

Performance is driven by behavior, and behavior is driven by four factors: communication, training, measurement, and rewards. Incentives and contests will do little to improve attitude, but they can work wonders to change or enhance behavior and therefore improve...

The Value of Teamwork (And How to Make the Most of It)

The Value of Teamwork (And How to Make the Most of It)

Teamwork, simply stated, is less me and more we. Each member has a different role on the team. The strengths – and weaknesses – of each team member are unique, but they are all working toward the same goal. Individual efforts contribute to the team’s success, but the...

What Alcohol Awareness Month Means to Restaurants

What Alcohol Awareness Month Means to Restaurants

For full-service restaurants, alcohol sales can make up a significant portion of overall profits. For many operations, promotions related to alcohol (think happy hour and other drink specials) are a major draw for both new customers and regulars. While the promotional...

Mission: Possible

Mission: Possible

If you don’t know where you’re going, you probably won’t wind up there. Before you can build a team environment in your restaurant, you must first decide on the team mission – where do you want it to go? What do you want it to do? By defining a clear team mission, you...

Is Your Staff Prepared to Serve Alcohol Responsibly?

Is Your Staff Prepared to Serve Alcohol Responsibly?

For full-service restaurant owners, alcohol sales are critical to a restaurant’s profitability. With profit margins generally higher for alcohol than food, selling and upselling beer, wine, and liquor can make or break a restaurant’s success. But with great profit,...

Targeting Restaurant Teamwork

Targeting Restaurant Teamwork

Teams, in any context, share common goals and a clear mission. As you adjust to changes at your restaurant, your restaurant team needs to adjust a well. How has the team's mission changed? What goals are striving to achieve through restaurant teamwork? Do all your...

Be Ready to Weather the Next Storm

Be Ready to Weather the Next Storm

With everything you and your restaurant staff have been through in the past few months, you've earned the right to say you've weathered the worst of storms. Figuratively speaking, that is. As you re-open, and especially if that re-opening includes expanded patio...

Your Patio Dining Checklist

Your Patio Dining Checklist

As many restaurants re-open or prepare to re-open, expanded use of patio dining is part of many plans. In addition to the myriad of health and public safety guidelines you must follow, keep in mind this tried-and-true checklist to help you prepare for serving guests...

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