Christopher Wells's Blog (14)

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

Questions are the answer!

Use questions to solve most of your management problems! 

Added by Christopher Wells on July 17, 2013 at 9:53pm — No Comments

The guest is always right?

Guest is always right? Yes of course, always right about what they expect for their experience in your restaurant. 

Here is where they are not right, when they disrespect other human beings. Other guests or your staff. Then the customer isn't always right. 

I have seen people hesitate to take action when a guest goes out of line. If basic human decency dictate a certain course of action in your daily life, then it should apply to running your…

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Added by Christopher Wells on January 25, 2013 at 7:41am — 2 Comments

Include your guests in the fun!

Whenever you have a chance to include your guests in the fun you should do so. Try to include them in your operation and them feel like they are a part of your business. In time loyalty will increase because they’ll feel like they’re part of the place.

Too often our staff have fun amongst themselves but forget or are not empowered to include the guests. If they are it will help create lasting memories and great stories for them to tell friends about their experience in your…

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Added by Christopher Wells on June 21, 2012 at 8:32am — No Comments

The next level in your restaurant social media strategy? Maybe...

What do guys…

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Added by Christopher Wells on May 2, 2012 at 9:36am — No Comments

The price is right?

Be careful with your price point. Some restaurant owners are not being careful with their pricing. Your guests are educated, they know how much things cost. When they don’t they can find out in 20 seconds by visiting Google.

Added by Christopher Wells on November 16, 2011 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Restaurant profit per dollar - You need to master this!

What is the profit per dollar in a restaurant? Most owners and managers can't even answer this question right. And they wonder why staff isn't more careful with the business. If everyone understands this in your restaurant you will have a much different operation.


MAKE SURE THEY DO!

Added by Christopher Wells on September 13, 2011 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Know when to say no and Wine Flights!

Added by Christopher Wells on June 27, 2011 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Include your guests in the fun and a new day part! Really?

Added by Christopher Wells on June 6, 2011 at 11:33am — No Comments

Restaurant Horror Story (episode 2)


Added by Christopher Wells on June 2, 2011 at 6:33pm — 2 Comments

Restaurant Horror Stories (episode 1)

Everyone thinks they can own a restaurant... even without knowledge of the business. These are real stories. They could happen to you. They have happened to smart people with management experience.

This story may not be suitable for everyone... consider yourself warned!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhYB8FKtN5A

Added by Christopher Wells on March 2, 2011 at 9:14pm — No Comments

Include your customers in the fun!

Whenever you have a chance to include your guests in the fun you should do so. Try to include them in your operation and them feel like they are a part of your business. In time loyalty will increase because they’ll feel like they’re part of the place.

Too often our staff have fun amongst themselves but forget…

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Added by Christopher Wells on February 22, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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