Restaurant Leadership

How to Run a Family Owned Restaurant and Stay Sane

Let’s face it – the restaurant business is an emotional business.  Everyday you put your creation out there for everyone to evaluate, and you pray that people like it.  Pride in what you do drives strong emotions, and restaurant owners are often hurt easily and defensive. Now add to that powder keg, husbands, wives, fathers, […]

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The Pros and Cons of Using an Online Reservation System

Traditionally the rule has been, upscale and fine dining restaurants take reservations and chains and casual dining do not.  Due to evolution, all humans are now born with a smart phone in their hand, so restaurant reservations automatically evolved to online apps to accommodate that new “biology.” But, in the last few years, everything has

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What’s Trending in Food & Beverage: Appetizers, Tapas & Small Plates

Small plates are the chef’s creative playground. Most restaurants diners expect to see steaks, roast chicken, and grilled salmon entrées. These basics will quickly fill up the entrées list because customers gravitate towards the familiar, especially when they are spending $20-$30 for an entrée. Restaurants need to sell what their customers want, so it’s less

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Becoming a Food Entrepreneur & Restaurateur: What You Should Know Before Taking the Leap

I’m 52 and have spent my entire career (save for a stint in the US Army for training to be a Reservist) in hospitality. My first job was as a dishwasher, and I have spent time in almost every restaurant position. Cook, server, bartender, runner, busser, chef, manager, general manager, area manager, vice president, owner.

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6 Secrets to Hiring the Best Restaurant General Manager

The general manager of a restaurant is the most crucial position in the entire business. The chef usually gets the glory, but the general manager is responsible for keeping the restaurant operating consistently, ensuring guest satisfaction, hiring and developing the staff, delivering budgeted profits, and driving sales growth. A good general manager can keep an

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