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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...

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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...

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...

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...

Three Elements of Generating Restaurant Sales

Three Elements of Generating Restaurant Sales

The restaurant business is show business. Maybe not Hollywood style show business, exactly, but more like a great improv show where every performance is new and unpredictable. You are the director, and your staff is the cast and crew. Your servers are the stars of the...

It’s True – The Devil Really Is in the Details

It’s True – The Devil Really Is in the Details

The perfect dining experience isn’t a single success, it’s a culmination of dozens of tiny successes. From the moment your guests arrive to the moment you invite them back for another visit, you and your staff have many opportunities to create both the perfect dining...

Training Servers to Stay Out of the Weeds

Training Servers to Stay Out of the Weeds

The sight is all-too common: A stressed-out server spinning out of control in his or her section. Table No. 1 needs a clean fork. Table No. 2 was just seated and the guests are scanning the restaurant for someone -- anyone -- to wait on them. Table No. 3 asked for...

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