Here’s a familiar scenario: the restaurant you go to piles 14 ounces of fries on your plate giving the impression of a huge meal and better value for your dollar. But in reality, most customers cannot eat this much, and some or most of the fries end up in the garbage. For the restaurant, this … Continued

If you’re going to run a successful restaurant business, there are a few management tasks you simply cannot avoid: counting your inventory, tracking your sales, and restaurant menu costing. Menu costing is particularly essential to protecting your bottom line. In the restaurant industry, your sale prices are your only source of revenue – to stay … Continued

Inventory turnover is a business and accounting term for measuring the number of times your inventory is sold or used up in a certain time period, like a month or year. In the restaurant industry, calculating your food and beverage inventory turnover ratio – or ITR – is an incredibly useful tool for decision making in … Continued

One of the most fundamental aspects of successful restaurant and bar management is food costing: the difference between the cost to you to prepare a recipe or menu item and the amount you can charge your customers for that item. In other words, food costing is all about your profits. Food costing is the only … Continued

Now that the busy summer restaurant season has begun, the time for hiring more summer staff has also now arrived. With high school, college and university students out looking for summer jobs, restaurant and bar owners are now staffing their patios and extended hours with a larger roster of temporary summer help. But as minimum … Continued

If recent consumer trends are any indication, it’s only going to be more and more common that customers at your restaurant will request substitutions to the menu items they order. Be it allergies, intolerances, diet restrictions or just individual preference, the list of possible substitution requests is nearly endless – while the opportunity to prepare … Continued

One of the biggest reasons why restaurants go out of business is because they don’t have a well-designed budget. Having control over your business expenses, inputs, and services is the only way to get ahead in this highly competitive industry. If you’re looking for ways to improve your budget for the New Year, check out … Continued

When you have inventory problems, it will impact your bottom line. And a company who loses profits can easily go bankrupt if they can’t find a solution to turn their situation around. You need to steer clear of common inventory problems like the 5 examples below in order to gain control and get your business … Continued

Running out of items in your restaurant can create unhappy customers and a bad reputation for your business. Ordering too much or in bulk can also have negative consequences on your bottom line – especially if you’re serving older stock items that have been hanging on your shelf for a while. If this sounds familiar, … Continued

One of the hardest things to master when you own a bar is setting drink prices. Finding the sweet spot where you can make profits and still drive sales is important. You definitely don’t want to be the bar that is too expensive and always empty or too cheap and losing money. So, how do … Continued