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Bar & Restaurant Industry Standards – Where do You Rank?

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Let me ask you an important question: How intimate are you with your restaurant cost percentages? Or is there no intimacy at all? Do you just ignore them? Neglect them? Do you keep putting off getting to know them, like pulling weeds from your garden?  Ok, that was five questions, but when you neglect things that …

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My Secret Fishing Hole For Hiring the Perfect Restaurant Employee

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About two years ago I came up with a brilliant idea (or at least brilliant in my own mind) on how to find amazing restaurant employees for hire at my bar. I’m not sure why I’ve taken so long to share it, but that’s what happens sometimes with a secret fishing hole: you want to …

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The 5 Areas of Restaurant Management Mastery

About a year after bartending at a bar and nightclub in San Francisco (15 years ago now), a terrible mistake was made and I was offered the position of bar manager. The position opened up when our recently fired bar manager, Kevin, felt that guiding cocaine into his nostrils was more important than guiding the …

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Should You Run a Happy Hour for Your Bar?

The answer to this question is “Yes”. Bam! Article finished. Hope you enjoyed. See you next time. Ok, just kidding. About the article being done, not about happy hour. I’m not fence-riding this topic, and I’m not going to string you along and wait until the end to give you the answer. Yes, you should …

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How to Increase Your Restaurant Sales [5-Step Strategy]

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5 TURN-KEY STRATEGIES TO INCREASE RESTAURANT SALES IMMEDIATELY I’ve noticed something odd about myself: whenever an owner or manager asks me how to increase restaurant sales, I find myself cringing and tightening up, but I couldn’t figure out why for the longest time. After all, it’s a perfectly reasonable request, to want to increase your …

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How to Read a Restaurant Profit/Loss Statement Like a Pro

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THE MAGIC OF SYSTEMIZING In this article, not only am I going to show you how you can learn to read a restaurant profit/loss statement like a boss, but I have created a restaurant profit/loss template that you will absolutely LOVE and can use for your own bar/restaurant to manage your finances. It has everything …

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Bar Management Tips – Bar Profits Through Glassware

I can sense your skepticism right through the computer screen: “Glassware? Really? Glassware is going to increase my bar profits? Come on!” Hang on to your caboose there, my friends. I know that very few bar owners and managers put much thought into their glassware beyond how cool it looks, but you’d better start, because I …

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11 Ways to Make Your Restaurant Fail…FAST!

If you’ve been dreaming ever since you were a child about how you could make a restaurant fail quickly, and you’re ready to walk the walk and take some serious action to make your dream a reality, I’m here for you. Here are 11 highly-effective and powerful tactics that will help you drive your restaurant business into the ground faster …

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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 Determine Pricing For Your Liquor, Beer & Wine

How to Determine Pricing For Your Liquor, Beer & Wine Let’s be clear about something right from the get-go: determining pricing for your beer, liquor and wine is not to be taken lightly.  When it comes to bar and restaurant management, it still amazes me how often I come across bar owners and managers—supposed leaders—who …

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How One Beverage Director is Costing a National Chain Restaurant Millions

January 5, 2018 |Dave Allred When I started out with Bar Patrol locally here in the San Francisco Bay Area implementing bar inventory and alcohol control systems, I had the privilege of working with quite a few corporate restaurant chains, helping them pinpoint their losses in order to lower their pour cost and variance percentages. …

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Why Your Bar or Restaurant Will Fail Without This One Factor

November 17, 2017 |Dave Allred I do my best from day-to-day to offer advice, information and resources to help bar owners and managers succeed at a top level. In fact, there is an ocean of knowledge out there that is helpful, some better than others. But here’s what you need to know about running a bar …

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