86 Your Customers' Problem of Running out of Menu Favorites

Reported by foodem.com, the online wholesale food marketplace-

Anyone who has worked in a restaurant is familiar with the chaos of a kitchen manager shouting, “Hold your orders! [insert most popular appetizer] is 86′d!” Talk about a wrench in the gears. Once a restaurant has run out of a popular dish, its back to the tables hoping the #2 suggestion fits the bill. In the midst of all the chaos it causes, have you ever wondered where the phrase, ‘86′d’ came from? Here are some popular theories:

- To alert patrons that the police were raiding New York's infamous Chumley's during prohibition, staff would yell, "86 everyone!" To let patrons know the police were entering through the 86 Bedford St. doors so they could scurry out the back (booze in tow!).

The famous 86 Bedford St. entrace of Chumley's in NYC (Source)

- 86 refers to the intricate code soda fountain clerks used to communicate service situations in their parlor. Code 86 indicated an item was out of stock and code 98 indicated the assistant manager was 'on the prowl.'

- Item #86 on New York's Delmonico's menu was the prime cut of steak. Due to it's popularity, the item often ran out.

- During The Depression standard soup cauldron's held a maximum of 85 cups of soup. The 86th person in line was out of luck.

- In the days of the old west there were two kinds of whiskey: 100 proof and 86 proof. When cowboys were given 86 proof (typically reserved for the women in the saloon), it meant they were excused for the night.

- Article 86 of the NYC liquor code prohibits visibly intoxicated individuals from consuming more alcohol. Once you're 86'd in NYC- you're done!

No matter how the term 86 was originated, it is important to avoid it. Wholesalers, that means you should be stocked in products your customers order the most. Here’s a list of top ordered dishes in restaurants to give you an idea of what to keep on hand to help your customers and their customer avoid an ‘86’ situation:

7. Side Salad

6. Veggies

5. Fish and Seafood

4. Pizza

3. Mexican Food

2. French Fries

1. Burgers

 

 

Views: 31

Comment

You need to be a member of FohBoh to add comments!

Join FohBoh

Advertisments

 

DEPARTMENTS

Social Wine Club for Craft Wineries

Smartbrief

GrubHub: Hotel guests rely more on local restaurants

Online orders from hotel guests jumped 125% over the past three years, as travelers cut spending on room service and opted fo -More

GHIRARDELLI® — Premium, Indulgent, Versatile
81% of consumers prefer to order products Made With Ghirardelli ingredients and 72% will pay more for them. For samples, recipes or to consult with one of our chocolate experts visit www.ghirardelli.com/foodservice.

Tweet this: What did your #FirstJob teach you?

Team work, multitasking and customer service are among the lessons restaurant employees learn early on.  -More

Many contenders are seeking to become a breakfast champion

Yum Brands, Burger King and others see big potential for growth and profit in breakfast as consumers move away from cereal, b -More

JOBS & CAREERS

Posting a job or finding a job starts here at FohBoh. Call us about special $50 posting packages to syndicate across all major jobs boards.

National News

National Restaurant Association Applauds Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Today the National Restaurant Association (NRA) praised federal leaders’ commitment to workforce training programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. NRA’s Executive Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, Scott DeFife, issued the following statement of support:

Restaurant Trends - Growing And Emerging Concepts - Change and Activity July 22, 2014

Update from Restaurantchains.net on growing and emerging restaurant concepts

Tropical Smoothie Café Commits $20 Million for Franchisee Financing

Tropical Smoothie Café, with the backing of private equity firm BIP Capital, has launched a financing program to help existing franchisees open additional restaurants nationwide by providing up to $20 million in loans.

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.

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.

© 2014   Created by FohBoh.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service