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Your Patio Dining Checklist

Your Patio Dining Checklist

As many restaurants re-open or prepare to re-open, expanded use of patio dining is part of many plans. In addition to the myriad of health and public safety guidelines you must follow, keep in mind this tried-and-true checklist to help you prepare for serving guests...

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Your Patio Dining Checklist

As many restaurants re-open or prepare to re-open, expanded use of patio dining is part of many plans. In addition to the myriad of health and public safety guidelines you must follow, keep in mind this tried-and-true checklist to help you prepare for serving guests...

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The Restaurant Business is Like Show Business

The Restaurant Business is Like Show Business

The restaurant and bar business is like show business. Your servers are the stars of the show. Back-of-house and support staff members are your crew. And you? You’re the head honcho – producer, director, financier, coach. Your cast takes their...

Training Bussers on Their Role in the Cycle of Service

Training Bussers on Their Role in the Cycle of Service

Every member of the restaurant team plays a critical role in exceeding guests' expectations and ensuring guests leave with a positive impression of the restaurant. Team members in the service assistant, or busser, position are no exception. Part...

Moments of Truth

Moments of Truth

Whether you're serving a packed house or offering curbside delivery, you and your staff have many chances to impress – or disappoint – guests. That’s why it’s so important to identify where you can exceed expectations at every point in the guest experience. Remember,...

Three Keys to Effective Restaurant Management

Three Keys to Effective Restaurant Management

You can do it, we know you can. You can be the manager, leader, and coach you are destined to become. Now is the time to take what you know, study what you don’t and make your plans become reality. If these goals sound too lofty, think about what's at stake. The...

Put the Special Back in Specialty Drinks

Put the Special Back in Specialty Drinks

What’s the point in ordering and stocking all those funky drink mixes and garnishes for unique specialty drinks if servers don’t suggest and sell them? Suggesting just the right kinds of specialty drinks to the right people can be an art form. It is also the perfect...

What’s the Key to Restaurant Guest Loyalty?

What’s the Key to Restaurant Guest Loyalty?

Hint: It’s right in front of you, literally. It’s the productivity of your back-of-house staff. It’s the friendliness of your host. It’s the knowledge and pizazz of your servers. It’s how you work the room on every shift. Does that mean you and your staff have to be...

Clarify Your Restaurant Marketing Offers

Clarify Your Restaurant Marketing Offers

It’s disappointing — even infuriating — for customers redeeming a special offer to find out that what they thought they were getting just isn’t the case. Confusing or missing language in the promotional piece is often to blame. Say what you mean in your restaurant...

8 Ways to Increase Restaurant Sales

8 Ways to Increase Restaurant Sales

Servers are either order-takers or salespeople. Order-takers do the bare minimum to get by, while salespeople focus on making suggestions that will enhance the guest's dining experience. They sell more and, therefore, they make more. It takes more work to be a...

Bartender Training: How to Clean a Beer Glass

Bartender Training: How to Clean a Beer Glass

Have you trained your bartenders on how to clean a beer glass? A bad glass can ruin a good beer — and a customer’s experience. Train your bartenders the five steps toward a “beer-clean” glass: Start with a clean, three-compartment sink. Sink one should be filled with...

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