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menu costs

Menu costs are an essential part of your restaurant’s profitability. You can’t just jot down a menu price and hope for the best. Calculating overhead requires you to play the role of recipe cost calculator.

You need to consider everything, from the ingredients to how long the item takes to prep and cook, in your cost per item.

Read moreMenu Costing: How to Calculate Food Cost for a Recipe

A restaurant has a lot of elements that lead to success: location, management, concept – and that’s just the start. Restaurants, especially smaller locations, need to look at what franchises have to offer.

But how do you stand out as a smaller restaurant that isn’t backed by a major corporation? Service. Your food. Your staff. You have the advantage of being able to provide a level of service that keeps customers coming back.

Read moreRestaurant Server Training Basics

modern restaurant furniture

When designing your restaurant, one of the most important things you need to consider is your furniture. The right furniture will tie your theme together and improve the flow of your restaurant. The wrong furniture can make your establishment feel cold and unwelcoming.

Restaurant furniture comes in a huge variety of styles, materials and price ranges. There are several factors to consider when buying tables and chairs for your establishment.

Read moreRestaurant Furniture Buying Guide: Tables & Chairs

Restaurant owners must leverage relationships with a food distributor to ensure that they have the ingredients they need to serve their customers. Supplier selection is key, and you may work with a variety of local food distributors to increase your availability to ingredients.

Read more6 Tactics for Successful Work with Foodservice Distributors

What makes a good restaurant? Sure, the food is the main draw, but customers also want to feel welcome and important. You can serve the best food in town, but if your restaurant isn’t customer-friendly, you’ll have a hard time winning customer loyalty.

Fortunately, you don’t have to hire ambience personnel to make your restaurant customer-centric. Follow these tips on how to make customers feel valued.

Read moreHow to Improve Service and Make Your Restaurant Customer-Friendly

A commercial range is the lifeline of a kitchen, and it’s this range that will handle the majority of your restaurant’s cooking. But whether you’re starting a restaurant from scratch or replacing a range, there is a lot to consider.

Read moreHow to Choose the Best Professional Gas Range

Purchasing a restaurant helps alleviate a lot of the initial issues when starting a restaurant, and you may consider buying a bar / restaurant that you frequent often. When you go into a local establishment and find that it’s always filled with patrons laughing and drinking, it may seem like a good choice for a purchase.

But there are a lot of questions to ask when buying a business.

Read moreQuestions You Better Ask Before Buying a Restaurant

Restaurant food waste can quickly lead to inflated food costs. If a chef has made a special stew on Tuesday and there is a lot of leftovers, discarding this food, while it’s still good, will lead to restaurant waste.

You're throwing money away if you’re not trying to get profit from it.

Read moreRestaurant Food Waste Management Tips: Turn Your Leftovers Into Profit

Restaurant owners are many things, but most are not architects. The owner will have an idea in mind for their restaurant layout and design, but while the design may look nice, it may be an architectural disaster.

Simple mistakes in a restaurant’s floor planning can lead to less efficiency and more overhead for the owner.

Read more10 Common Architectural Mistakes Restaurants Should Avoid

Everyone loves to dine out. Even more, everyone loves take out. Or, ‘take-away’ in other cultural terminology. But, when you consider how many people on our planet order take out, and how many disposable plates are being used, do you ever think about where those plates end up? Landfills? The ocean?

VerTerra did.

Read moreGo Green With VerTerra Palm Leaf Disposable Supplies

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