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Achieving True Trust and Respect from Your Staff

In life many things can change your mind in a second. What we choose to follow or support can come down to the simplest detail or turn of phrase. Over the years I have realized, it is the genuine, and allow me to be blunt, not the pull the wool game any slick talking manager with other true skills can get over with. I am speaking of the god given traits of you. It is said by many a Restaurant Manager. I don’t care if…

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Added by Anthony Boyd on April 25, 2014 at 12:08am — No Comments


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Question: How can a restaurant survive? So many people are struggling…

A: The difference maker is to have a restaurant management system. What this means is that you have set rules for every aspect of running your restaurant. You take out guessing and trial and error. And this applies to any concept. You could switch from fine dining to family style easily if you follow the system. Think of it this way, the chains aren’t making the best food in their niche, they just have systems for every aspects of the restaurant.

Your system should cover:

- HR…

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Added by Christopher Wells on April 29, 2014 at 12:05pm — No Comments


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Would 4% Points Make a Difference To Your Restaurants Bottom Line?

With food costs rising every week are your restaurants profits taking a hit?

Almost every day there is something in the news about the price of something going up. Beef, pork, dairy, and coffee are all going up. As a restaurant owner, what is your strategy to handling these increases?

Some chains will be raising prices, others will not. What will work for you? Put yourself in the…

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Added by Joe Welsh on May 6, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments


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Three Ways to Improve Communications Across Your Restaurant Team

We here at Avero are fortunate to serve as a partner and mentor to over 5,000 restaurants across the globe. So we thought why keep our industry knowledge behind closed doors?! We’re beginning a series of blogs that will help restaurateurs increase efficiency, save time, and make more money! These Avero tips & tricks into the industry can help restaurant operators determine best practices and be more successful in the long run.

Our first post…

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Added by Ally Welsh on May 14, 2014 at 9:03am — No Comments


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To Eat or Not to Eat After a Stomach Virus

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Your stomach virus has probably run its course and you’re feeling kind of hungry. Are you…

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Added by Cess Padilla on April 15, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments


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Have You Seen the "Triumphant" Return of Amy's Baking Company to Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares?

Yes, everyone's "favorite" operators made their return recently to Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares after last year's shocking episode turned into the worst possible viral publicity for the restaurant.

It's been a rough year or so for the Bouzaglos - their Yelp and social media pages were all inundated with negative reviews and complaints following the airing…

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Added by Stewart Anderson on April 17, 2014 at 9:23am — 1 Comment


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Google Glass for Chefs

Found this on Eater and wanted to share...As the turf war between Google Glass enthusiasts and everyone else is heating up, LA food truck king Roy…

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Added by FohBoh on March 17, 2014 at 9:36am — No Comments


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Quality Control Tips for Restaurants

We only have one stab at making a good, lasting impression for our customers. It’s either you make or break it—and it certainly rings true for any brand as much as it does for people. If a customer goes through something awful during their first visit at your restaurant, then people…

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Added by Cess Padilla on February 26, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments


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Foodservice Lessons From The Sochi Games

Is your foodservice organization ready to annihilate the competition leading to the total destruction of their most profitable menu item?    
Creating the proper “supersport” attitude requires advanced culinary-purchasing Olympic teamwork. It takes more than just the rocket science…
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Added by Fred Favole on February 16, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments


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Digital Marketing Trends for Hotels - Infographic

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Added by FohBoh on January 14, 2014 at 10:03am — No Comments

Making Decisions is Getting Tougher and Tougher in a Faster and Faster Business Envionment

Feeling ok about reversing a "good" decision.

It's all a roll of the dice isn't it. There are no absolutes in life or in business, so why do we languish about decisions made or become indecisive when the time comes…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on January 9, 2014 at 1:47pm — No Comments


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OpenMenu

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Just wondering how many restaurants understand the power of OpenMenu.

OpenMenu is a free service that allows a restaurant to enter your menu in a space that integrates with your existing website as well as your Facebook page.…

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Added by Mark Moreno on November 14, 2013 at 8:39am — No Comments


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4 Mistakes Your Restaurant is Making in Social Media

No one is perfect. And, when it comes to restaurant social media, the same is true. While perfection isn't necessarily the goal (you'll never get there, and neither will I!), there are certainly some mistakes that can and should be avoided. …

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Added by Matt White on July 30, 2013 at 8:42am — No Comments

Habits Your Managers Have That Kill Employee Productivity

Like any human, managers make the occasional mistake.  Some mistakes are easily fixed, while others have lasting consequences.  Mistakes that kill employee productivity are especially costly, both to the team and to the organization as a whole.

 

Many productivity-killing mistakes are made in good faith; managers believe that their team really does have things “figured out” or that they’ve judged a situation correctly.  That’s why it’s so important for hospitality managers to…

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Added by Robert Krzak on July 30, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Worlds 10 Strangest Theme Restaurants

Ever dined with monkeys? Ever eat 13 feet underwater?

Restaurant owners: find some of the worlds strangest here:

Strangest Restaurant Around The World

 

Brought to you by Liberty Capital Group, Via Fox Business News…

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Added by Jules Dalsey on July 24, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments


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Delicious Ideas And Inspiration For Planning Your Fall Menu

As we enter into late summer, chefs and restaurant owners are starting to plan and create their fall menus to entice and delight customers.

Fall is an ideal time to celebrate the bountiful harvests of the season, which brings with it an abundance of hearty vegetables, such as squashes and gourds, potatoes, and parsnips, as well as delicious and sweet fruits like apples, pomegranates and pears.

And as temperatures cool down, the fall season is also a time when Chefs can put fun,…

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Added by Barry Chandler on July 23, 2013 at 12:50pm — No Comments


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Kindness is Contagious

Love this! 

We do something similar at our church each year around Christmastime, called "You've Been Gifted," where the idea is to do random acts of kindness for others to share a little example of why we celebrate Christmas.

What I love about the "Chick-fil-A Drive Thru Difference" is the fact that it's not tied…

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Added by Matt White on July 17, 2013 at 8:25am — No Comments


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Why Fewer Menu Items is Better for Your Restaurant Business

While it may be tempting to offer your customers a large selection of menu items, it is actually far more profitable for your business to limit your menu. Read on for insight into why less is more when it comes to menus. 

Fewer Items, Fresher…

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Added by Ian Said on July 15, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments


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Yelp Adding Food Delivery Service

Everyone's least favorite online review site is adding food delivery service in an effort to try and keep businesses onboard:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-09/yelp-adds-food-delivery-services-to-site-through-partnerships.html

Will it work? Will it help Yelp turn around its, how do I say this diplomatically, "less than ideal" image in…

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Added by FohBoh on July 10, 2013 at 8:32am — 1 Comment

Cultivating Your Top Managers to Increase Retention Rates

When it comes to staffing key positions in any company, finding great people is only half the battle –keeping them is the other half.  To increase retention rates, cultivate managers with solid skills, experience, and the personal traits necessary to thrive within your company’s culture.

 

Five ways to improve talent management and increase retention include:

 

  • Use effective mentoring programs.  Effective mentoring programs offer more than just…
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Added by Robert Krzak on July 9, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

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Domino's Pizza Announces Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) announced results for the second quarter of 2014, comprised of strong growth in both same store sales and global store counts, which resulted in 17.5% EPS growth, or 67 cents per share.

McDonald's Reports Second Quarter 2014 Global Comparable Sales Flat

Global comparable sales were relatively flat, reflecting higher average check and negative guest traffic in all major segments - Consolidated revenues increase of 1% (1% in constant currencies), benefiting from expansion

Huddle House Diner Franchise Expands Into New Jersey

Huddle House recently announced its 10-unit deal in Long Island and has now signed an agreement with an experienced multi-unit investor to build six restaurants across the bridge in Northern New Jersey. Huddle House previously extended only as far as West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Second Quarter 2014 Revenues Up 28.6%

Comparable restaurant sales increased 17.3% - Restaurant level operating margin was 27.3%, a decrease of 30 basis points

Tava Indian Kitchen Appoints Jeremy Morgan As New Chief Executive Officer, Announces Expansion Plans

Tava Indian Kitchen, the Bay Area's rapidly expanding fast casual Indian restaurant concept, announced that Jeremy Morgan, formerly SVP of Marketing and Consumer Insights for Smashburger, has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

CROWD FUNDING

If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.

TED TALKS VIDEO

TED: Ze Frank: Are you human? - Ze Frank (2014)

Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the prompts. Let's begin …

TED: Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime - Heather Barnett (2014)

Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out.

TED: Shih Chieh Huang: Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea - Shih Chieh Huang (2014)

When he was young, artist Shih Chieh Huang loved taking toys apart and perusing the aisles of night markets in Taiwan for unexpected objects. Today, this TED Fellow creates madcap sculptures that seem to have a life of their own—with eyes that blink, tentacles that unfurl and parts that light up like bioluminescent sea creatures.

TED: Nikolai Begg: A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery - Nikolai Begg (2013)

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries.

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