What do the Upcoming Minimum Wage Hikes Mean for Your Restaurant?

8/23/16 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

When you look out onto the floor and see a half dozen of your servers carrying trays of drinks, laughing with their tables, lifting plates off the line for each other, you wonder, after these minimum wage hikes, will things be the same?

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Topics: Restaurant Labor Control

5 Things to Consider to Get Your Restaurant Ready for Fall

8/16/16 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

A trio of after-work ladies is saying cheers to Friday with happy hour sangrias, a heat wave drove your patio to hit an all-time sales record Saturday, and now that it’s halfway through summer, front and back of house are rocking.

Someone might even catch you smiling.

In the midst of all this bliss, it might be easy to shove to the back of your mind the ‘f’ word.

Fall.

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Topics: Restaurant Sales and Labor Forecasting, Guest Experience

Considering a Food Delivery Service? Consider the Impact on Your In-Store Guests

8/9/16 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

It’s a phrase uttered in countless households every night.

“What are we having for dinner?”

For years, most families would have had three choices:  Heat up leftovers, cook a meal from scratch, or dial Dominos.

Today, however, in a world where families have computers at their fingertips and expect to be able to buy anything with them in seconds, a fourth choice—hundreds of choices, in fact—have emerged: Order from anywhere.

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Topics: Restaurant Labor Control, Improving Restaurant Profit

Ameego Integrates with Silverware POS

8/3/16 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

We believe every restaurant deserves the perfect schedule.

To have the perfect schedule, you need to know precisely how many bodies you need on the floor.

To know how many bodies are needed on the floor, you need to know your sales—to the week, to the day, to the third of the day, to the hour, to the quarter of the hour.

To do that, your restaurant scheduling software needs POS integration, and not just any POS.

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Topics: Improving Restaurant Profit, Integrations

The Top 3 Challenges Every Multi-Unit Restaurant Manager Must Face

7/26/16 7:00 AM Richelle Starke

Whether you oversee 2 locations or 15, there are a few common problems that every multi-unit or regional restaurant manager faces.

We asked a few Ameego clients to share what they think are the worst challenges and to pass along their tips and tricks for dealing with them.

Here’s some of what they had to say.

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Topics: Leadership, Restaurant Culture

3 Best Weather Apps for the Restaurant Industry

7/19/16 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

We’ve all been there: Dozens of guests trampling over chairs to get inside during a flash rain.

All hands on deck racing to carry plates and drinks from the patio to who-knows-which-table inside the restaurant.

Flushed servers scrambling to find their guests, switch tables, swap bills.

It’s humid.

It’s crazy.

In a few minutes, it’s sunny.

And everyone wants to go back outside with a mojito.

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Topics: Manager Time Savings, Guest Experience

4 Expensive Problems Created by Scheduling Your Staff Outside Their Availability.

7/5/16 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

This is how it starts: Your eyes dart back and forth from the blank schedule on your screen to the notebook filled with handwritten time-off requests from everyone, it seems.

Cheryl has an exam. Jeff’s grandma died. Erica’s sister is getting married in Mexico.

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Topics: Restaurant Scheduling, Restaurant Culture

Restaurant Profits: It’s About Finding Nickels, Dimes and Quarters.  Lots of Them.

6/28/16 7:00 AM Tommy Yionoulis [Guest Blogger]

You Want to Make $100,000 More This Year? Don’t Try to Sell 20,000 Meals at $5 Profit. Find 1% Savings in Your Bottom 20% Locations.

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Topics: Improving Restaurant Profit

3 Qualities Every Multi-Unit Restaurant Manager Must Have

6/21/16 7:00 AM Richelle Starke

There are certain things you expect to see on every job description you encounter.

Must-have traits or qualities, characteristics the successful applicant needs to possess.

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Topics: Leadership, Restaurant Culture

Ameego Unveils New Website!

6/14/16 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

Back in the day, when our team of founding partners worked in restaurants, online restaurant scheduling software wasn’t even a thing.  And there sure weren’t articles you could just download about how to improve restaurant culture or ensure stellar patio service. When we began Ameego, we set out to change both.

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Topics: About Ameego

Are You Paying Your Restaurant Staff Properly? Common Employment Standards Mistakes & Questions [Part 2: United States]

5/17/16 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

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Overtime. Breaks. Minimum wage.

For restaurant operators, finding the clauses and calculations to determine these ever-changing location-specific factors can be dizzying.  To help answer some of those questions, we've created this two-part blog series to point you in the right direction!

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Topics: Payroll Export, Improving Restaurant Profit

Are You Paying Your Restaurant Staff Properly? Common Employment Standards Mistakes & Questions [Part 1: Canada]

5/10/16 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

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Does Erica qualify for the Good Friday stat?

What’s her pay for that day if she works it—or if she doesn’t?

How am I supposed to handle vacation pay for the new dishwasher?

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Topics: Payroll Export, Improving Restaurant Profit

Feeling Burned Out as a Restaurant Manager? 4 Ways to Re-ignite Your Spark!

5/4/16 7:00 AM Richelle Starke

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There’s a misbelief that seems to run rampant in many industries these days, and the hospitality industry is no exception.

It’s the belief that by working more hours, you’ll get more done.

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Topics: Leadership, Restaurant Culture

Three Powerful Ways POS Integration Can Maximize Your Restaurant’s Profit

4/26/16 7:00 AM Ted Vrountas

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Those who have worked in the restaurant industry agree – it’s not for the faint of heart.

Whether you’re a line cook or an owner you probably know what it feels like to be overworked and under the gun. And if you’ve ever been fortunate enough to serve in a management role, you’ve probably been unfortunate enough to know the frustration of creating a schedule.

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Topics: Restaurant Scheduling, Improving Restaurant Profit, Integrations

Patio Season is Upon Us!  3 Ways to Ensure Amazing Service For Your Outdoor Guests

4/19/16 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

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It’s hot out, you’re hungry, and you’ve just stumbled upon a patio where people are tipping back cold margaritas and soaking up the sun.

We’ve all been there: Despite knowing full well that the service on patios is often sub-par, we ask for a table outside.

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Topics: Restaurant Scheduling, Guest Experience