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  1. Why Front and Back of the House Clash

    How to Avoid the Restaurant Drama


    The animosity between kitchen and wait staff is an age-old dilemma that restaurants have been facing since the beginning of time. The kitchen, referred to as the Back-of-the-House, and the servers, referred to as the Front-of-the-House, have been at odds with each other since restaurants existed. At best, it’s an occasional annoyance to managers. At worst, it can seriously interrupt the work flow.


    While this employee competition ...
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  2. Seasonal Menu Changes

    Adjusting Your Menu Throughout the Year
    Changing your menu seasonally is a great way to keep it interesting and fresh. It’s also the best thing for your food cost since seasonal ingredients are cheaper and more readily available. Some foods are available for purchase outside of their harvesting months because they are preserved through various storage methods, but purchasing food when it’s being harvested is usually the best route. Here are a few simple ingredients and the seasons in which ...
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  3. Culinary Byte$

    Many would-be restaurant entrepreneurs wrongfully fear failure due to lack of experience in the food service business, and bankers’ err when citing false statistics such as the fabled, “90% of restaurants fail in the first year due to inexperience”. Really? Not so according to surveys published by Cornell University, the University of Tennessee and UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management. According to their surveys, the failure rate for an independent restaurant is no different from any other ...
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  4. Are The Demographics Right?

    I spent three years looking for just the right location to start my next venture. At every property showing, I was asked by the realtor, “What kind of a restaurant are you planning to open?” To which my response was always, “one that meets the expectations of the consumer demographics.” That was usually the end of the questioning by the realtor and the conversation as well.

    According to the Rosen Hospitality Management survey of why restaurants fail, wrong demographics was right ...
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  5. Front of the House: Taj Mahal Syndrome

    First time restaurant entrepreneurs are often mistakenly under the impression that making the front of the house look like the Taj Mahal will somehow bring more customers and result in higher revenue. That may be the case in a billion dollar Las Vegas casino, but not so in an independent restaurant venture. It is a classic example of “pride goes before the fall”. Yes, your family and friends will be impressed, but it is not your family and friends who will fill the seats every day, providing ...
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