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3 Things Every Restaurant Owner Should Know

There are three things I think every restaurant owner should know. Want to know what they are? Watch the video below, or continue reading below, to learn the one thing you can learn to avoid failure, two systems that are a must and why the basics can't be ignored.  


As a restaurant owner, there are three things I think you should know, whether you're new to the business or a 30-plus-year veteran.

So, what are the 3 things restaurant owners should know?

The number one...

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Why You Should Use Menu Mix for Menu Pricing

menu pricing Oct 29, 2019

Your POS system holds some great power in its reporting capabilities, including when trying to figure out your menu mix. For example, your PMIX report in your POS system can be very useful in menu engineering and menu pricing efforts? In this video, I explain all about that PMIX report. 

Menu engineering is a really popular topic among restaurant owners, especially restaurant owners who are trying to find ways to make more money on their menus. And I'm excited to tell you that something...

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The 3 Best Things About Running a Restaurant

running a restaurant Oct 22, 2019

There are three things that make a running a restaurant absolutely amazing. As a 30-year veteran in the business, this is what I value about running a restaurant. Click the video below, or continue reading, for my take on what is great about running a restaurant.

Great Things About Running a Restaurant
There are three things I love about running restaurants. As a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry, it's a disease for me! I can never get out. But I do love these things.

The first...

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4 Steps to Calculate Restaurant Food Cost

food cost Oct 15, 2019

Food cost is one of the most important things you have to calculate in your restaurant business. Mostly because it's a part of the most important calculation - restaurant prime cost. If you don't know what restaurant prime cost it, read this post on it.

To learn how to calculate your actual food cost, watch the video, or continue reading below.

Most restaurant owners aren't calculating their food cost properly.

Once you have a budget and have set your target food cost, you...

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Set Restaurant Prices to Make Money

Where should your restaurant prices be set? How do you set your restaurant prices for your food and drink so you can make money. Watch this video, or continue reading below, to learn the answers and move forward with a strategy for setting prices in your restaurant. 

A big question for restaurant owners is, "Where should I be priced?" When it comes to setting restaurant prices, there are three things I think about right away:

  1. Are you really, really good and can set your prices above...
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Do Service Charges in Restaurants Make Sense?

There has been a trend of adding service charges in restaurants that directly charge the guest for business operations, such as rising food prices and increasing minimum wage. Should you be using service charges in your restaurant? Watch this video, or continue reading below, to hear my opinion and reasons for that opinion. 

There is a major change in the restaurant industry and it's the appearance of service charges in restaurants. In some cases it's in place of tips. I don't think...

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How to Find the Cost to Open a Restaurant

If you're looking at a restaurant as a new business, the big question tends to be how much does it cost to open a restaurant? There is a lot of information out there and it's hard to figure out the true cost to open a restaurant. Watch this video, or continue reading below, for my take on the things you must have in place to find the cost.

The big question when looking to open any new business is, "How much is this going to cost me?" Which is also the question of, "Do I have enough money to...

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3 Food Cost Percentage Formulas

Would you like to know what the food cost percentage formula is for your restaurant? What if I told you there are actually three food cost percentages? Watch this video, or continue reading below, to learn what they are and how to calculate them. 

Most restaurant owners are paying attention to the wrong number. Because they don't take inventory, they're dividing food purchases by sales to come up with a food cost percentage, but it's wrong. Really, there are three food cost calculations...

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Use Menu Engineering to Increase Restaurant Profits

Menu engineering is one way to increase restaurant sales. If you understand that your menu is a sales tool, you should maximize it to maximize your restaurant sales. Watch this video, or keep reading below, to learn more about menu engineering and what you need to do first to make it effective. 

Before you can really engineer your menu, you must have recipe costing cards in place for every item on your menu. If you don't have these in place, please search my YouTube channel for...

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What Is a Recipe Cost Calculator

 Are you looking for that magical recipe cost calculator? Most restaurants don't use any kind of recipe cost calculator and have a higher food cost and lower profits because they don't know what their menu items cost to make. Watch this video to learn the magic of a recipe cost calculator and how to cost out your recipes. 

When it comes to recipe costing cards, number one, you've got to get every item that you're going to buy. Any product that you buy from any distributors - small...

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