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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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National News

Wahlburgers Announces Expansion Plans Including Franchise Agreement in Philadelphia

Wahlburgers has signed a franchise agreement with Hingham Associates, LLC that will bring five Wahlburgers to the metropolitan Philadelphia area over the next several years. The franchise group is actively looking at sites and is targeting a late 2014-early 2015 opening for its first restaurant.

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Comparable restaurant sales increased 13.4% - Restaurant level operating margin was 25.9%, a decrease of 40 basis points

Jamba Juice Announces Grand Opening of New St. Louis, MO Location

Jamba Juice Company announced the brand’s continued expansion in the St. Louis market with the opening of a Jamba Juice® store at 11477 Olive Blvd. on April 16, 2014.

Expert in Real Estate Analytics Joins Luna Grill

Luna Grill, the San Diego-based Mediterranean restaurant chain, is welcoming retail real estate industry veteran Greg Thorburn to its leadership team. Thorburn has been brought on board to fill the newly created position of Vice-President of Real Estate.

Rita's Italian Ice Awards Area Development Agreement for Kansas

Rita's Italian Ice has awarded franchise and area development agreements for Kansas and the Kansas City area, which extends to the Missouri side of the city, to franchisees and local residents Jay Miller, Jeff Miller and Pat Reilly.

CROWD FUNDING

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TED TALKS VIDEO

TED: Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - Matthew Carter (2014)

Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

TED: Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets - Jeremy Kasdin (2014)

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" that allows a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."

TED: Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - Norman Spack (2013)

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

TED: Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar - Jennifer Senior (2014)

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

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