Technology rocks—except when it’s Friday night, your point-of-service system is down for the count, and the only thing simmering in your restaurant is your impatient guests.Sounds like a nightmare, right? It is.
Improving profitability is one of the first steps to expanding and growing a restaurant. After all, if more of each sales dollar falls straight to your bottom line, you will have more resources available to increase capacity or try different strategies.
Point-of-sale (software) serves as the foundation for any restaurant business. It not only allows a business to securely accept customer payments, it also keeps the flow of the restaurant or food establishment moving forward.
How much insurance does my business really need? What types of insurance do I need? What insurance can I get away without having? What is the bare minimum I can get away with for insurance? These are all very common question that insurance agents get asked when either a new business owner is looking to buy insurance coverage for the first time or a seasoned business owner is looking to renew their coverage.
There are many factors to consider when creating a great dining experience, but what are those that matter most to your guests? According to research conducted by Mintel, cleanliness ranks at the top of the list.
Turnover among hourly workers is high. According to Forbes, the industry average of turnover for hourly workers is 107 percent. That means, on average, every hourly job turns once a year—and then some.
The vegans are coming. You probably have heard of them—your coworker’s niece, a friend’s son, maybe even your next door neighbor. The number of Americans who identify as vegan increased from 1 percent in 2014 to 6 percent in 2017.
While businesses strive to increase revenue in a competitive market, the cost of labor continues to rise. According to a recent survey of U.S. businesses with hourly workers, increasing profit margins was the top business challenge, yet nearly half of respondents said they didn’t feel in control of their profit margins.
Technology has solidified its role as an integral part of the restaurant experience. Innovative restaurant tech is eliminating customers’ pain points and keeping diners coming back for more. And while in-person visits to restaurants are declining, electronic orders have tripled over the last five years.
Restaurant owners may be literally playing with fire by using uncertified or small fly-by-night cleaning operations that lack the training, tools, and capability to clean commercial kitchen exhaust systems to code.
Recent headlines have painted an uphill battle for the casual-dining industry. From the threat of fast-casual chains to the evolving priorities of target diners, there are many challenges that the industry must now face.
Because there are so many different aspects to restaurant management, it’s extremely challenging to find and train employees and work productively as a team daily in what’s already a very close-knit, established culture.
Whether it be food, music, or clothing, trends come and go like the wind. However, there are classics that will never go out of style. The same can be said for alcoholic beverages. These timeless drinks will always be bar favorites regardless of the occasion.
For those of us in the food service industry, when we hear the words “food safety crisis,” we immediately think foodborne illness outbreak, then our minds hurdle to some of our country’s worst incidents.