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Improve Shift Planning Through Restaurant Staff Training

April 18, 2017 by Matt Thompson.

Training is one of the most important things you can do as a restaurant manager to make your team more successful, therefore seeing more sales. Many managers have their initial training programs and only hold team meetings sporadically to continue

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The Importance of Passion in the Workplace

April 11, 2017 by Larry Struckman.

Employees are the backbone of any business, but particularly in the hospitality industry. Well-trained, passionate employees can make or break your business. Unlike hard skills, like how to use a POS system, soft skills like passion cannot be taught.

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The Farm to Table Restaurant Trend - Is It Right for You?

April 6, 2017 by Matt Thompson.

The restaurant industry has experienced many dish and flavor trends throughout the decades. Some stick and some don’t, but staying ahead of the trends and betting on what will work can make your restaurant a leader in the market. One popular trend is the

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How to Start a Food Truck Business

March 28, 2017 by Larry Struckman.

Many hospitality workers dream of owning their own business one day. Or maybe you already do, but you want to try out something different on the side. You might have been in a kitchen for years following someone else’s direction, or maybe you want to

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How Forecasting and Big Data is Powerful for Your Hospitality Business

March 21, 2017 by Jordan Thaeler.

It should come as no surprise that labor is an integral part of hospitality. After all, the only thing keeping a prospective customer from ordering online from any number of competitors is the hospitality your employees can convey. Which makes it all the

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Food and Drink - A History of St. Patrick's Day Traditions

March 14, 2017 by Larry Struckman.

Of the many holidays throughout the year where food and drink are part of the traditions, St. Patrick's Day provides a great opportunity for people to go out and celebrate with green everything - from clothes to beer to food. As St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday this year, there is no

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7 Ways On How To Deal With Drunk Customers

March 7, 2017 by Larry Struckman.

Restaurants and bars are mainstays for having a good time, especially during holidays like St. Patrick's Day. You may know St. Patrick's Day is one of the biggest "Party Holidays" of the year, aside from New Year's Eve.

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3 Ways to Attract Patrons to Your Restaurant During Lent

February 21, 2017 by Larry Struckman.

There are a few times throughout the year where people alter their eating habits to include certain foods. Summertime requires more picnic-like foods such as potato salad or hamburgers. For Thanksgiving, people are seeking more turkey and cranberry

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8-Hour Shift Schedules: Pros, Cons, and Opportunities for Your Business

February 7, 2017 by Larry Struckman.

Are you operating a nearly non-stop business? This is quite the undertaking -- demanding excellent leadership, foresight, and planning from management, as well as commitment, dedication, and flexibility

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5 Things Hospitality Management Can Do To Drive Innovation

January 31, 2017 by Larry Struckman.

We’ve all watched the show “Restaurant Impossible”. In case you’ve missed it, the show is centered on celebrity chef Robert Irvine who helps restore failing American restaurants. He assess the problems within the targeted restaurant, then creates a plan to bring the

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