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Ideas and tools to keep your shift from hitting the fan

4 Restaurant Marketing Tips for Back to School Season

September 12, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

It is back to school season and families are busier than ever! Transitioning into the back to school routine takes some time. When you add in all the fall activities that kids are apart of or want to attend, parents spend most of their time shuttling their family with little time to

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Prepping for Labor Day

August 23, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

The last holiday before Thanksgiving, Labor Day, is approaching. This holiday presents an excellent opportunity to gain more customers, and therefore more sales and exposure, for your restaurant. Yet this holiday holds a bit of a double edged sword. Depending on the weather, you

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Slow Sales Problem vs. Symptom

August 19, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

Here is the deal - often restaurants blame problems they are having on slow sales without looking at the reason for slow sales. Some restaurant owners even resolve themselves to believing that their restaurant just has an ongoing sales problem. But slow sales are

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Training Never Ends - Steps to Improve Shift Planning

July 29, 2016 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 education on processes or

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Celebrate July with Menu Options

July 25, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

Thanks to social media, we are seeing a huge rise in the quirkiest of holidays! From Pretzel Day to May the Fourth Be With You, everyone is ready to celebrate any holiday that pops up. You can pretty much call July the Food Month Holiday with all the tasty eats and treats that we

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The ABC’s of Easier Employee Scheduling with Technology

July 16, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

One of the most dreaded part of management is dealing with employee scheduling. Whether you have five employees or 50, trying to manage and organize everyone’s availability into a working schedule is a daunting and never ending task. Luckily, the process does not have to

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Building a Sales Driven Culture

June 16, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

One of the most difficult industries to work in is the restaurant world. From the precise timing of ingredient quantity purchases to keeping the customer experience strong with superior service, managing a restaurant requires a well-oiled machine approach. A fundamental way

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Using Mobile Payments to Improve Staff Performance

June 2, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

Measuring the performance of your staff is one of the hardest parts of running a restaurant, but hard data can make it a lot easier. With the technology available today, you are missing out if you’re not gathering information from each transaction being made. Adopting technology,

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School's Out for Summer! Staff Scheduling Changes

May 20, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

Summer feeling is in the air! Everyone is breaking out their flip-flops and exchanging plans for summer vacations. With all this excitement in the air, you may already be getting time off requests from your waitstaff. Likewise, you are seeing a flood of former employees and new

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Patio Season Is Drinking Season! Preparing for a Successful Patio Season

May 4, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone and the beer-filled holiday is unofficially known as the kickoff day for patio season for restaurants. There is no doubt your patio was up and running for the holiday, but you want to make sure you are prepared for the flow of people who want to

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