Surviving Winter: Making the Most of Unpredictable Weather

1/17/17 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

Is there any other industry so instantly and dramatically affected by the weather?

In the restaurant world, we bless it, we curse it, and in the end, the best we can do is prepare for it.

Fortunately, despite Mother Nature throwing us one helluva winter, these days it’s much easier to keep your restaurant and staff on track even when the snow is blowing your hair back.

And hey, we might even have a few tricks to turn that blizzard into an upsell opportunity…

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Topics: Improving Restaurant Profit

Thinking of Offering Online Ordering? What Your Restaurant Needs to Know

1/10/17 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

That’s it. This is the year your restaurant is going to tackle—er, embrace—online ordering. Trouble is, you’re just not sure where to start. And when you begin to look into it, you get lost in the proverbial rabbit hole.

What kind of system?

Should we deliver?

What’s the ROI?

So many questions. So many decisions.

To help give you an expert introduction into all the things you should consider as you venture into online ordering, we spoke with Charlie Jeffers, CEO at TakeOut Technologies.

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Topics: Improving Restaurant Profit

3 Ways To Boost Your Restaurant Sales This December

11/29/16 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

Another round? Why not.

A bottle of the Malbec? Absolutely.

Friday lunch on the company? Sounds great!

This spirit of indulgence that seems boundless in December is the stuff of dreams for restaurant managers.

There’s no doubt this time of year puts everyone in a spend-y state of mind. So, while that’s taking place why don’t we walk through a few ways to help drive profits even higher this quarter by simply doing what you already do better.

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Topics: Improving Restaurant Profit

Considering Free WiFi for Guests?  Only if You Want to Increase Your Profits

9/28/16 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

But the guests will hang around for hours without buying anything.

But I’ll have bartenders messing around on Facebook while drink chits are flying in.

But it’s going to cost money.

When it comes to considering going wireless in your restaurant, there are often a lot of ‘buts’.

At first.

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Topics: Improving Restaurant Profit

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

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

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

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

Staff Feedback: How to Reduce Turnover and Keep Your Team Happy

2/23/16 7:00 AM Natalie Appleton

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Topics: Leadership, Restaurant Culture, Improving Restaurant Profit

How To Exceed Your Restaurant's Goals Using 'Gamification'

1/26/16 7:00 AM Ted Vrountas

Slay the dragon, beat your high score, repel alien invaders – no matter what the ultimate goal of our favorite games is, we love to play them. They serve a brief escape from the monotony from our everyday lives.

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Topics: Restaurant Culture, Improving Restaurant Profit

Don't repeat the past! 3 mistakes your restaurant should leave behind in 2015.

1/19/16 7:00 AM Krista Hillis

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The new year is now in full swing - and with it, comes new ideas and an increased level of motivation.

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Topics: Improving Restaurant Profit

6 Emerging Restaurant Trends To Watch in 2016

1/12/16 7:00 AM Megan Duffy

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While it’s tempting to believe all a restaurant needs is amazing food, this sadly isn’t enough to build a successful establishment.

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Topics: Manager Time Savings, Improving Restaurant Profit

6 Common Restaurant Scheduling Mistakes

11/24/15 7:00 AM Megan Duffy

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It’s every restaurant manager’s nightmare.

Tuesdays are never too busy, and you scheduled the minimum amount of staff needed to handle the night. However, a few hours after your normal dinner rush, you look up and see a couple standing at the door.  

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Topics: Restaurant Scheduling, Manager Time Savings, Improving Restaurant Profit