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Speeding Menus to Market Boosts Profits

Given the fluctuations in food costs and slim restaurant margins, taking price on menus is sometimes necessary. And the faster you do it, the bigger the impact to your bottom line.The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that beef has risen roughly 30 percent since 2004 to record highs today.

Workplace Safety: A Recipe for Success

Workplace injuries can be devastating for full-service restaurants and other small businesses. In fact, a recent survey by EMPLOYERS found that 35 percent of small businesses cite workplace safety as one of the top risks that concerns them.

10 Common Habits of Ineffective Restaurant Service

"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

Smart Menu Design

Great restaurant menus are as different as the people who create them, but they all have one thing in common—they’re designed to sell.Your menu is the one item that every single guest touches, every single time they visit you.

Don't Miss A Reservation Again

Many restaurants know the score. Miss a customer’s call to book a table for the evening and he might just dial the next number on his list and spend his money elsewhere.For full-service restaurants, the best service is expected.

How Restaurants Can Cut Compliance Costs in Light of New Financial Standards

Accounting standards in the United States continue to be overly complex and costly to comply with; they are often specifically geared to address the risks and needs of public companies. This has been the feedback provided by many private companies, including those in the restaurant industry, for the past few years.

Combining Fashion with Function in a Wine-by-the-Glass Program

Set inside the Andalusian architecture of the Hyatt Huntington Beach's newest restaurant and gastropub Watertable are two wine bottle displays that mean more than their sleek aesthetic traits. The system is the WineEmotion wine dispenser with automated serving and preservation features.

Is Your Bar or Restaurant Accessible?

We were frustrated, disappointed, and annoyed. How could this happen? Aren’t there laws protecting us against this? It happened one sunny Mother’s Day afternoon…We pulled into the parking lot of a restaurant we had been dying to try because friends had been raving about the menu.

Complying with the ADA

The Department of Justice estimates that 18 percent of the population has some sort of disability. This number obviously reflects a significant percentage of restaurants’ clientele, as well as their employees and potential employees.

The Secret Weapon Every Restaurant Needs

Every year, restaurants spend tens of thousands of dollars on “shotgun marketing” in the form of print, broadcast, and online ads while inadvertently neglecting what is often their most powerful form of marketing: their own wait staffs! The bottom line: restaurants could greatly benefit from less “advertising” and more “marketing”—specifically, internal marketing.

Will Private-Label Wines Work for Your Restaurant?

With more Americans taking an interest in wine and ordering more of it in restaurants, getting the most out of your restaurant’s wine sales is a no-brainer. One of the best ways to take advantage of this trend is to create your restaurant’s own private-label wines.