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What Restaurant Owners Should Learn From Chef Jasper Mirabile

Long before reality shows and basic cable were creating celebrity chefs, Kansas City had Chef Jasper Mirabile. He was a second generation restaurateur who ran the legendary Jasper’s restaurant. Between his cookbooks, radio show, and cooking demonstrations, Chef Jasper is probably the best known chef in town. I was fortunate after my book was released […]

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Should Your Restaurant Offer A Shift Drink

  I have spent most of my restaurant career working in corporate restaurants where the notion of a shift drink was unthinkable. In fact, my first exposure to the term was in a restaurant management training manual where it was explained that providing shift drinks was expressly prohibited. Most of the independent restaurants I worked […]

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Making It Easy To Spend (Part Two)

I introduced part one of this series by complaining about the lack of customer service I received when soliciting bids from printers. I want to balance out that complaint by mentioning that not only has Carl Belgiere at KC Book Manufacturing been head and shoulders above the competition at providing exceptional customer service, but has blown […]

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Making it Easy to Spend (Part One)

I recently had the opportunity to request bids for printing my book. I am spending a fairly significant (to me) amount of money on this project and wanted to make sure I was getting the best deal possible. I requested bids from seven local companies. One got back to me within 48 hours. I received […]

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Dear Independent Restaurant Owner

Dear Independent Restaurant Owner, I really appreciate what you are trying to do. It is tough to run a restaurant. I appreciate you trying to bring a local alternative to the chain restaurants that are all over town. We are on the same team. I work at a locally owned independent restaurant and try to […]

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Five Reasons You Should Have A Slip Resistant Shoe Program

Tagged chef shoes, cook shoes, lowering worker’s comp claims, manager shoes, non slip shoes, payroll deduction, preventing restaurant accidents, restaurant shoes, server shoes, shoe requirements, shoes for crews, slip and fall, slip resistant shoes, uniform requirements, uniform spec, worker’s comp in restaurants I don’t think anyone has ever taken a job as a restaurant manager […]

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How Non-Alcoholic Beverages Can Increase Sales

tagged beverage costs, grown up soda, increase restaurant sales, jones soda, non alcoholic, profitable, Restaurant, restaurant market segment, soda vie.   Stop for a moment and think about the bar in your restaurant.  You most likely have set up a tremendous display with it.  In many cases it will be the focal point of your […]

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Five Lessons Restaurants Can Learn From Zaarly

I am a fan of Zaarly.  If you are unfamiliar with the site, Zaarly is the most interesting internet startup company I have run across in years.  The concept is simple: Zaarly allows buyers to name their price for the goods and services they wish to buy.  This works by allowing the market place to […]

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Finding The Right Music For Your Restaurant

Recently, my favorite restaurant critic wrote a post about music at restaurants.  In this post he recounts several restaurants that have made classic mistakes with their music selections.  Some restaurants had the music far too loud.  Other restaurants allowed their staff to select the music which led to some “interesting” selections.  Judging from the reactions […]

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Do Not Fall For These Scams

I have written previously about scams servers use to rip off restaurants and how to avoid them.  These are not the only scams that restaurant managers need to be aware of.  There are a number of tricks that scammers use to defraud restaurants.  Some of these have been used for decades.  They have been around […]

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