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Mentor Material? (Maybe Not)

Mentor Material? (Maybe Not)

Susan is your best employee. She’s friendly, she’s fast, she’s knowledgeable. She wins almost every sales contest and loyal guests ask for her by name. You want to clone her (and maybe you should), but don’t make her a mentor. Why not? The best mentor is not always...

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Mentor Material? (Maybe Not)

Susan is your best employee. She’s friendly, she’s fast, she’s knowledgeable. She wins almost every sales contest and loyal guests ask for her by name. You want to clone her (and maybe you should), but don’t make her a mentor. Why not? The best mentor is not always...

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Add Fun to Your Team Training

Add Fun to Your Team Training

Forget the whiteboard and throw away the felt-tip pens (at least for now). Spring fever is in full swing and the only way you’ll keep your team focused on any type of restaurant training is to make it as fun – and useful – as possible. So use your imagination to find...

Is Your Staff Prepared to Serve Alcohol Responsibly?

Is Your Staff Prepared to Serve Alcohol Responsibly?

For full-service restaurant owners, alcohol sales are critical to a restaurant’s profitability. With profit margins generally higher for alcohol than food, selling and upselling beer, wine, and liquor can make or break a restaurant’s success. But with great profit,...

Do You Know the Four Ps of Product Knowledge?

Do You Know the Four Ps of Product Knowledge?

Product knowledge is a key to both increasing sales and improving order accuracy. The more your staff knows about your menu items, the more comfortable they'll be suggesting them to your guests. This goes for employees covering the phones, too. If a customer is trying...

Improving Order Accuracy

Improving Order Accuracy

Order accuracy is always a critical element of delivering exceptional service, but it's even more important when your staff is taking to-go orders over the phone or fulfilling orders placed online. When customers take their food to go or have it delivered, it's even...

Be Ready to Weather the Next Storm

Be Ready to Weather the Next Storm

With everything you and your restaurant staff have been through in the past few months, you've earned the right to say you've weathered the worst of storms. Figuratively speaking, that is. As you re-open, and especially if that re-opening includes expanded patio...

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...

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...

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