Featured Blog Posts – June 2008 Archive (28)

Marketing Your Way Out – Part 2

In the last post, we were asking ourselves if we would be able to constantly pass on the increased fuel, labor and food costs to our customers. How much of this will our customers take?

Let's put it this way: if there is very little you can do (because of your fixed location), you are likely going to be faced with escalating employee staffing problems; possibly declining customer counts.



What then is the best way to combat this seemingly "fixed-cost-like"… Continue

Added by Roy MacNaughton on June 30, 2008 at 11:40pm — No Comments

W.O.Wright's

I used the Entertainment coupon for W.O. Wright's yesterday. Michael ordered the 20 hot wings for 10.00. He chose all drums which added an extra 3.00 to his total. While Michael really likes their wings, I am not a huge fan. They are breaded, fried then sauced. I don't really care for breading on a Buffalo wing, and the sauce wasn't great. mary ordered the cheese fries. They seem to be handcut fries and were well seasoned and cheesy. I ordered the Chicken Strips with the hot garlic sauce and a… Continue

Added by Shelly Van Kirk on June 30, 2008 at 8:12pm — 1 Comment

Other Games in Town Besides Yelp

As a former Yelper, I can honestly say, I'm scratching my head over why certain restaurateurs put so many eggs in the Yelp basket.



The appeal of this mostly-popular-among-Gen Y-user-generated-content site is two-fold, catering to innocent restaurant-goers seeking a quick online review of a certain eatery as well as those who want to open an account, jump in and become a part of the clicquish—often snarky, sometimes vulgar—culture that gives Yelp its intimidating… Continue

Added by Judy "the foodie" Asman on June 30, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Is American Ready for Real Chinese Food

I am developing the next generation of Chinese restaurants. A more authentic PF Chaings with a celb Asian chef and primo location.

Do you think America is ready for a more qualitative and chef driven PF Chaing?

What do you think? Is Chinese played out with PF Chaing or do we have a chance?

What should we do to succeed?

Added by David Dodson on June 30, 2008 at 2:36pm — 2 Comments

Has Vegas finally seen the end?

What do you think high airline prices and Macau effect Las Vegas. It has alwasy been teflon coated and grown beyond belief over the last few decades. Will high air fare and the rise of Macau (drawing many Asian high rollers) finally hurt Vegas or will the retirement trend and something else keep Vegas growing?

Added by David Dodson on June 30, 2008 at 2:32pm — No Comments

And the Winner is.... You

Are you looking for a creative way to get customers into your restaurant? How about having a recipe contest? Shows such as Iron Chef America and all of the Challenge shows on the Food Network have brought the idea of cooking contests to the forefront. When you also consider such food competitions as the Pillsbury Bakeoff and The National… Continue

Added by Restaurant Supply Guru on June 30, 2008 at 1:57pm — 1 Comment

Industry Status and Trends

I like it when someone takes the facts and figures of this industry and distills them into a bulleted list for me. I have been fortunate in the past to attend Technomic's annual event where they do just that. Didn't get there this year, but Lane Cardwell, a blogger for Chain Leader magazine did, and I thought he did a good job of summarizing.

Added by KT on June 30, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments


Non-Operator
Pricing food - Why you're doing it wrong and how to fix it

One thing I'll never forgive formal culinary schools for, is teaching new impressionable would-be chefs to use a budgeted cost percentage to price food menus. Chain restaurants share an equal responsibility for perpetuating this bad practice by focusing their managers on food cost percentages without letting them in on the secret that the cost percentage is a management tool, not a pricing tool.



Though most culinary programs teach many different methods for pricing… Continue

Added by Brandon O'Dell on June 29, 2008 at 9:42pm — 9 Comments

Just started using the Entertainment Book

I just got an Entertainment Book in the mail for free (woohoo!). On Thursday June 26, 2008, we used two of the coupons. I used Burger King's buy one get one for a Whopper, and I also used the one for Carr's corner restaurant.



I went to the Burger King on Wilmington Pike. I have to say they are very friendly there. They actually speak to you and thank you for coming. Props to the staff. The food however is abysmal. I burped Whopper all day. Fast food sucks and should be… Continue

Added by Shelly Van Kirk on June 28, 2008 at 6:58pm — No Comments

Improve Restaurant Margins by 5%-20% annually



This is not so much a question as a statement. Margin improvement is obviously a good thing for business profitability and sustainability. In the current economic environment margins are taking… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on June 28, 2008 at 5:15pm — 2 Comments

Hi, I'm Tom, Member...



An interesting thing is happening in the FohBoh community. Pride, association and connection. I see it more and more.



I have been traveling quite a bit lately and meeting FohBoh members from all over the country. It's always flattering to have someone that you don't know appreciate your work. Over the past two weeks, I have met FohBohtarians that have introduced themselves as "hi, I'm so and so, number X". How cool is that! All I… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on June 28, 2008 at 4:27pm — No Comments

A Great Thing Happened on the Way to the Fancy Food Show

I'm very happy to report that all has been resolved with the folks at NASFT and I will indeed be attending the show. I'll have to miss a day but as they say “2 out of 3 ain’t bad”. I will consequently be removing the additional posts about this situation so that we can all move forward positively.



I would also like to share that both Ann Daw and Mike Tucillo were extremely magnanimous, accommodating and helpful in making sure this resolution came about in time for the show. My thanks… Continue

Added by Logan Niles on June 26, 2008 at 8:58am — 1 Comment

In the Hot Hot Kitchen.

Img_6811 Do you know what makes most kitchens really hot?



Freezers. And walk in refrigerators. And lowboys. And reach ins. Ice machines.

You wouldn't think. But it's so.



Kitchens can get really hot.…



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Added by Shuna fish Lydon on June 26, 2008 at 7:23am — 5 Comments

Food Handler's Card

FYI: I just re-passed my food handler's card test. I am now valid to touch food for three years. Since I had not been in the industry for awhile, it's good to know that my knowledge is still where it needs to be. I did not even study and I passed!!

Added by Adam R. Cox on June 24, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Microsoft Surface and your establishment

Just yesterday I learned about an innovation that's still in the very early stages of the adoption curve. Check it out:







I definitely think this can revolutionize the dining experience if integrated correctly. Do you have any experience with this type of technology in your operation? What do you… Continue

Added by restaurantdotorg on June 24, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Exclusive Boys' Club

I was glad to see Stephanie win Top Chef. But how can Andrew not be the Fan Favorite? "Culinary B****" is a classic :P Okay, even though I have yet to step foot inside a professional kitchen, I'm well aware that most chefs are men, and it must have something to do with basic male hardwiring that program him to always seek sex; clone his genes. Cooking is a metaphor for what guys do best, or at least what we think about every seven seconds anyway.



Principles of Food, Beverage, and… Continue

Added by O on June 23, 2008 at 9:54pm — No Comments

What makes you smile?

What makes dining out unique to me are the memories. The right ambience, the right friends, the right bites, the right sips — it all can come together in the right setting at the right time. Right? Haha.



Of course, all this doesn't matter if the customer service is shoddy. This is true of any business. A few years ago Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel noted in a meeting that 90 percent of the complaints he receives are regarding this very topic. I'm sure this comes… Continue

Added by restaurantdotorg on June 23, 2008 at 8:56am — No Comments

Peeking Behind the Scenes at FohBoh, Inc. | #4



Managing a start up requires a lot of energy, particularly one like FohBoh, which is moving pretty fast after just 175 days. It's a bit like a puzzle really. Sorting though the various pieces of data. Moving the square edges to the side, and separating like-colors while looking for those small clues that help distinguish one piece from another. That's what I do as CEO. I sort through the loads of data and try not to be over-whelmed while… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on June 22, 2008 at 11:28pm — 1 Comment

Systems Make a World of Difference to Our Employees and Guests

Restaurant Owners & GM's Need Systems in Order to Take Care of Their Guests



I have received so many emails and talked to so many people over the last week that I am as fired up as ever. My passion for the restaurant business absolutely consumes me. I just can’t walk into a restaurant without performing some sort of mental checklist to see what is functioning well and what could use improvement. Often I look around and realize that simply following established systems and… Continue

Added by peter Kazalas on June 22, 2008 at 4:29pm — No Comments

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