Restaurant Solutions for Independent Restaurants

As a restaurant coach, I'm on the phones every day with independent restaurant owners, and I'm going to tell you one of the things in our conversations that happen almost on a daily basis.

“Hey, David, what are the best restaurant solutions for an independent restaurants?”

That's a conversation I have over and over and over again. And I bet you're trying to figure that out, too. 

Watch the video below or keep scrolling to read about the five restaurant solutions every...

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Independent Restaurant Tip for Difference Between a Void and a Comp

I bet you never knew that you have to truly understand the difference between a comp and a void because it affects your cost of goods sold. It affects your profitability. It can give you a false sense that you're making money or losing money. Click below to watch this tip or continue scrolling to read a breakdown of the difference between a void and a comp in a restaurant.

Of course you know what a void is. Of course you know what a comp is and how your management team is using it in your...

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Key System to Lower Restaurant Food Cost 2-3 Points

Is your food cost getting a little out of control? Are you afraid to let somebody else order product because they over order and spend your cash? Would you like to have a life and get to leave your business? Well, watch this video or keep scrolling to read and learn the system I teach to use to lower your restaurant food cost 2-3 points overnight.

I’m going to cover a key food purchasing system in this video: the restaurant purchase allotment system.

To start, I have changed people's...

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Restaurant Prime Cost for Independent Owner

Restaurant prime cost for an independent owner is a critical formula to know. Experts like me, we throw it around like everybody knows restaurant prime cost when a lot of independent operators don't know their own prime cost percentage. Watch the video below or keep scrolling to read to get the restaurant prime cost formula broken down.

We're going to talk about my favorite topic and that's prime cost because I'm the prime cost guy. I'm the authority on giving you the systems to reduce...

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7 Reasons Restaurant Manager Logs Are Critical

Restaurant communication is very important. You can drastically improve communication and reduce stress with a restaurant manager log. Click the video below to watch or keep scrolling to read the seven reasons why you need a restaurant manager log for daily communication.  

When it comes to deciding about what kind of manager log you should use, I will leave that up to you. Just make sure it’s something all your managers can easily access and will use. Three-ring binder work best?...

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How to Overcome Higher Restaurant Wages

Wages are all over the map these days. No matter where you land on the map, you are either experiencing an increase or will in the near future. A $15 minimum wage is not just a theory, it's a reality. So how do you as an operator overcome a $15 minimum wage? Click below to watch this video or scroll down to keep reading and learn what you can do to pay your employees the higher minimum wage and still have a healthy profit margin.

About Increasing Wages in Restaurants

Minimum wage...

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What Job Should a Restaurant Owner Be Doing

What are the responsibilities of a restaurant owner? When I ask restaurant owners, I get something along the lines of run the business and make money. The truth is it is much more than that. I want to help you transition from working in your business to working on your business. Wouldn't you like to have freedom, not only the financial freedom, but the ability to leave your business knowing it's being run your way? Click to watch the video tip below, or continue scrolling to read what job a...

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Top 3 Reasons to Use a Manager Log

This is a quick tip with a big impact. I want to give you three reasons why a manager log is an essential tool for your restaurant. Click below to watch the video tip or continue scrolling to read it.

A manager log is a critical tool in your business and here are the top three reasons.

Number one, it holds your management team accountable because you get to set the criteria for the information you want to know. You set the list of questions managers must answer by shift and/or by day, and...

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Start with the Foundation of Restaurant Systems

You've heard the term restaurant systems. So, what does that mean? And where do you start? Click the video below or continue scrolling down to read about the foundation to all restaurant systems and how to use them to lower restaurant costs and increase profits.

What is the foundation of restaurant systems? Well, let me walk you through the three things you must have when we talk about foundational restaurant operations.

First, you have to have Restaurant 101 dialed in. That's hot food hot,...

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7 Ways to Lower Restaurant Labor Cost

In about one week the restaurant industry went from paying overtime to employees because of a shortage of employees to skyrocketing unemployment rates. Although this tip does not directly address labor management during and through the pandemic, the principles to controlling labor costs are the same. And they are also incredibly important as restaurant owners manage uncertain sales volumes. With that said, click the video below or scroll to read seven ways to control your restaurant...

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