Restaurant Operations After COVID-19

It’s been six weeks since the states shut down restaurants and other hospitality outlets. Our rules of business changed. And if you've been following me, you've seen me go from an extremely somber, depressed mood, just like you as operators, to upbeat and positive. At this point, I’m seeing this all as a real opportunity for us. Those restaurants that are still open and have learned to pivot, to change their business, have figured out a way to run leaner. You're in a position to...

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First 3 Things Restaurants Should Do Now for Recovery

I’ll tell you what, here in week five, my energy levels are up. Your energy level should be up because if you've made it this far. If you're in this week five, then I think you’re going to make it. I didn't say you weren’t going to come out of this wounded. I didn't say you were going to make money, but you're going to make it.

That's huge, because anecdotally, I have no research, no information to provide you, but my belief about 25% or more of independent restaurants, are...

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What to Do Now to Prepare for After the Pandemic

We’re now in week four of the coronavirus pandemic. The new restrictions due to the pandemic are the new reality of running a restaurant. And it's been interesting. If your doors are still open, you did it. You adapted. Maybe you added curbside, moved to delivery and added the apps. Maybe you pivoted and created a grocery store/restaurant. I’ve talked to a lot a restaurant operators who are gathering money, almost like a charity, and then using the money to provide meals to first...

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Restaurant Tips for Getting Past Week 3 of COVID-19 Pandemic

It's week 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic and restaurants are among the hardest industry hit by the cultural shift to stay-at-home recommendations and orders. How can you can make it through this pandemic and major change in how to operate a restaurant?

There is a restaurant segment that isn’t suffering during this time: quick-serve restaurants, including pizzerias, who already had delivery and/or a drive through. For most of these restaurants, sales are booming.

But the rest...

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Cash Flow Budget for Restaurants in COVID

Going forward, as states and cities open up with varying restrictions, it’s very important for a restaurant owner to have a 12-week cash flow budget. Unlike an annual budget where you are looking to create a plan to be profitable, your 12-week budget is all about survival.

To create your 12-week cash flow budget, here’s the process:

  • Look at a typical month. What are your sales? How are those sales broken up by sales categories? What are your current salaries and wages, including...
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How to Find the Best Restaurant Software

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If you’ve ever searched the Internet for the best restaurant software for your restaurant, you know there are a lot of options available. The goal of restaurant software is to use it to increase your profits and simplify your life. Watch this video, or keep scrolling for suggestions to find the best restaurant software for your restaurant and why you need it.

There are so many options out there for restaurant software. I want to help you sort through what you’re looking for and...

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Restaurant Ingenuity and Support During COVID-19

This is an unprecedented time for the hospitality industry, and I've been talking to a lot of people in different areas: associations, restaurants, food distributors, restaurant vendors, POS dealers and more who are all making massive adjustments in their operations. 

There is no single answer to how to move forward. But I'm seeing some great examples of innovation and ingenuity. Below are a bunch of examples for you to consider along with some resources.

Okeechobee Steakhouse:...

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Restaurant Business Tips for Managing Coronavirus Pandemic

This pandemic, COVID-19 virus, is crippling our industry. My heart goes out to you as you worry about your employees, your vendors, your family and your community. I know one of the biggest questions you have is will your restaurant survive this crisis. What I have to tell you here should help you make some clear decisions.

Before you get too far into this, let me first be clear that the advice I’m offering here is for the week of March 16, with many cities and states shutting down...

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Running a Restaurant Starts with Restaurant 101

If you’ve watched any of my tip videos, read any articles I’ve written, or heard me speak on a stage at a food show, you’ve heard me mention Restaurant 101. What do I mean by Restaurant 101? Watch this video, or keep scrolling, for the breakdown of what I mean by Restaurant 101.

If you're familiar with the information I share with you on a regular basis, you know I'm here to help you make more money, get your life back and have a management team know their job. When you...

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Make More Money in your Restaurant Starting Today

If you want to make more money in your restaurant, it starts today. And what I tell you in this video will give you freedom from your restaurant. If you take my tips to heart, you will get to a point where you can actually leave your restaurant and know things are being done your way. You’ll have a management team you can trust. You will make the money you deserve. Watch this video, or continue scrolling, for seven steps to make more money in your restaurant today.

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