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What We Can Learn From Chain Restaurants…

“Pffft…Corporate restaurants” (imagine my best scoffing declaration of disgust)! You want to know how to suck the soul from a perfectly good restaurant and bludgeon its culture to bloody oblivion? Turn it over to a corporation and watch its livelihood being sucked from it like a vampire draining his victim until he/she is pale and bloodless. Ok, sorry, …

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How to Read a Restaurant Profit Loss Statement [With Template]

In the past year, I’ve become obsessed with systemizing. Seriously. Mostly for my business and my clients, but I find myself thinking about it in other areas of my life as well. Coaching basketball. My kids’ homework. Paying my bills. Everything. Ask my wife. “If you mention the word ‘systemize’ one more time in this …

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The Top 5 Bar & Restaurant POS Systems For 2019 and Beyond

POS companies suck! If you’re a POS company and that offends you, I’m offended by your offense. Seriously! Where are you when we need you? Sure, they’re great in the beginning, when you’re on the POS dating scene and they’re trying to get into your pants. It’s all wine and lobster and good times, but the …

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How to Start a Kick-Ass Customer Loyalty Program in Your Bar & Restaurant

If you aren’t aware by now that it costs way more to acquire new customers than keep existing ones, then you should be severely flogged with a 9-iron and never allowed to run a business again. Ok, I’m kidding. I retract my 9-iron. After all, you’re here reading an article on how to retain existing …

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How to Hire the Perfect Bar/Restaurant Employee (10 Interview Questions)

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my years of coaching basketball and managing bars it’s this: Summoning energy for yourself to get motivated to do anything is hard. Summoning energy to motivate others is 10 times harder. That’s what we’re dealing with when it comes to managing employees, which is why you need …

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How to Determine Pricing For Your Liquor, Beer & Wine

It still amazes me how often I come across bar owners and managers—supposed leaders who are running a major brick & mortar business in the heart of their community—who treat their business as they would an outdoor cat they kept as a pet: Absentmindedly. Casually. Something to be fed once per day, with a quick pat on the head …

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10 Insanely Effective Ways to Increase Your Bar Profits

Before we dive into these powerfully effective methods to help skyrocket your monthly bar profits, I want to clarify the difference between “cost control” and “frugality”, to the point that quality suffers. Sending out a Cosmo to a table with a shriveled lime, crusty from age and dehydration, because you want to save 3 cents is …

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