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  1. Avoiding Extra Expenses

    Avoiding Extra Expenses

    At any business, extra expenses seem to come at the worst times and they’re hard to avoid, especially if you don’t have someone whose sole duty is to keep track of them. It’s also naïve to expect that your appliances are going to last you forever, so those unexpected expenses should and can be somewhat factored into your budget. Here are some ways to try to counteract unexpected expenses:

    Hiring an Operations Manager

    You can hire an operations manager that should be able to track expenses, keep a budget, and anticipate when unexpected expenses might pop up. These expenses can be difficult to track and find their origin, so hiring someone specifically to keep track comes in handy. The goal of an operations manager is to keep track of the budget, but also use their past experience to find where unexpected expenses might arise and find a pattern.

    Implement a Maintenance Schedule

    The best way to counteract broken appliances is to have a set maintenance schedule. There are usually preventative maintenance schedules recommended by the maker of the appliance, and that includes not only cleaning, but scheduled maintenance checks. Performing maintenance checks significantly reduces the chance of an appliance's unexpected breaking.

    Build Relationships with Suppliers

    Building a relationship with your suppliers can help you if any unexpected costs arise. A great vendor will be more inclined to offer you a package deal, or discount, when you’re tasked with buying another appliance to replace a broken one.

    Extra expenses are never good for any business, but there are plenty of ways to go about trying to counteract them. If you have the extra money lying around, hiring someone that can focus solely on your budget and expenses can greatly benefit your restaurant.

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  2. Crazy for Cutlery

    Crazy for Cutlery

    Restaurants are made up of a ton of moving parts and some aspects can easily fall to the wayside without even knowing it. You might think that cutlery mainly refers to knives, but it involves all flatware in your restaurant. And there’s so many different types of knives—I mean a dessert knife and a fruit knife, really?—that choosing which ones are a necessity for your restaurant might be harder than you think. Here are some tips when choosing the right cutlery for your restaurant:

    Knives

    Dinner knives, steak knives, fish knives, etc., which to choose! Dinner knives are probably essential if you’re running a sit down restaurant, and steak knives are probably a close second. Dinner knives are used to cut and push food on the plate, and steak knives are similar. Steak knives can be serrated or non-serrated—it depends on preference and what you’re serving—and can be used in place of a dinner knife. 

    Spoons

    Obviously spoons transfer the food from your plate to your mouth—a necessity if we’ve ever heard one! There are teaspoons, tablespoons, soup spoons, dessert spoons, and many more, so which do you choose for your restaurant? If you serve coffee and tea at your restaurant, and you’re a sit down place, you should invest in teaspoons because they're meant to stir sugar and cream into your coffee and tea. Tablespoons are the other ever-popular spoon to invest in because these spoons are for bigger dishes served from serving bowls.

    Forks

    Last, but certainly not least—forks! There’s a fork for dinner, salad, dessert, and fish! While it seems that a dinner fork will probably be able to cover all those needs, if you’re a running a sophisticated establishment, you should at least have a separate fork for salads and dinners!

    While you might not find the type of cutlery you invest in important, there are customers that care! The only thing you can do is to make sure that you're choosing the right type of cutlery for the type of restaurant you run! Check out some of our cutlery here: https://www.restaurantsupply.com/restaurant-smallwares!

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  3. In Pizza we Crust!

    In Pizza we Crust!

    Americans consume so much pizza that it’s alarming, but hey what can we say—we love pizza! Pizza is so popular that it’s hard not to find a pizza shop on every corner, but we want to help you differentiate yours from everyone else’s. If you’re thinking about opening a pizza shop, you first priority should be coming up with an appetizing recipe, and then what types of pizza you want to have on your menu. Here are some things to consider when opening a pizzeria:

    Create Your Own

    As we mentioned earlier, pizza shops are on every corner, so you need to set your pizzeria apart by making sure your pizza tastes unique and great! When experimenting with different pizza recipes, make sure to write everything down so as not to forget, and to make sure you’re using fresh ingredients. You don’t want to be serving a super greasy pizza!

    Style of Service

    Do you want your pizzeria to be a grab and go kind of place, or a sit down and fine dine place? Sit down restaurants allow you to communicate and convey your brand the way you want to. Grab and go, or takeout options, on the other hand, are less expensive because you’re not taking on equipment cost for tables, silverware, etc.

    Location, Location, Location!

    You want to choose a location that ensures you’re not competing against five other pizzerias! Try to find a place that is lacking the typical neighborhood pizza joint. If you have to choose a location in close proximity to tons of other pizzerias, you need to make sure your restaurant has identifiable and differentiable aspects to it.

    Nowadays, pizza is around every corner and you need to find a way to make your place stand out among the crowd! 

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  4. Catering Advantages

    Catering Advantages

    Do you constantly have customers asking if you can sponsor an office party, or something of that nature? Then offering a catering service might be a great thing for your restaurant! Catering services allow for customers to get the experience of your restaurant without having to actually visit your restaurant—and they’re still paying for it! Catering garners plenty of exposure for your restaurant because people who have never visited still get to try your food! Here are some things to think about when starting a catering service:

    Professionalism

    You want your catering service to be professional! Nothing screams unprofessional like being late or cold food. The employees you have dealing with customers should be taught how to communicate well on the phone, and in person. These employees should almost be event planners in the sense that they're detail oriented and will go the extra mile for customers in making sure everything is perfect.

    Separate Ordering System

    You may want to consider creating a catering ordering system separate from your regular ordering system. Someone who is placing a huge order for catering shouldn’t have to wait in line like your regular customers. If you have a separate system in place, you can give catering customers the attention they need without taking away from the customers in your restaurant.

    Treat as a Marketing Opportunity

    The experience you provide to your customers is in itself a form of marketing. While your catering menu may be slightly different from your regular menu, the experience should be the same. Experience aligns with brand identity, and catering can and should be something that gains repeat customers.

    Catering services can add a ton of value to your restaurant, whether it is through word of mouth and repeat customers, to actually increasing profits. Remember, catering services and the employees that run catering services can speak for your brand outside of the physical restaurant, so you want to make sure they’re conveying your restaurant in the way you want!

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  5. Pumpkin, Spice, and Everything Nice!

    Pumpkin, Spice, and Everything Nice!

     

    Enough with the fall themed blogs—we know! But we can’t let the fall season pass without mentioning everyone’s fall favorite: pumpkin! There are so many ways to incorporate pumpkin into a menu and we want to let you know our favorite dishes with a pumpkin twist to get into the fall spirit! Here are some pumpkin dishes you can put on your menu:

    Pumpkin Cheesecake

    • 4 pounds cream cheese
    • 4 cups brown sugar
    • ¼ cup bourbon or whiskey
    • ¼ cup vanilla paste
    • 3 pounds + 12 ounces pumpkin puree
    • 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 10 eggs

    Whisk together the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and pumpkin, and then combine the cream cheese with brown sugar, until fully smooth. Slowly add the pumpkin mix, and bourbon and vanilla. Add the eggs one by one and then bake for 35 minutes at 250 degrees. This recipe yields one cheesecake! Here’s the link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/archive.leye.com/sites/files/BigBowlPumpkinCheesecake.pdf!

    Pumpkin Soup

    • ¼ cup of olive oil
    • One 4-pound sugar pie pumpkin
    • 1 large yellow onion
    • 4 large garlic cloves
    • ½ tsp. sea salt
    • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
    • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
    • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
    • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
    • 4 cups vegetable stock
    • ½ cup heavy cream
    • ¼ cup creme fraiche
    • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
    • ¼ cup toasted pepitas

    Cut the pumpkin into quarters and remove seeds completely. Brush olive oil over the flesh of the pumpkin and sprinkle with brown sugar and roast in oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Once cooled off, peel skin off pumpkins and dice into large chunks. Heat 4 teaspoons of olive oil and sweat the onion, garlic, and salt until translucent. Add the spices and stir. Add the roasted pumpkin to the onion/garlic mixture and then add the vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce head and simmer. Once the squash mixture is done, stir the cream and creme fraiche. Use a blender to process the soup until smooth, and garnish with the toasted pepitas, creme fraiche, and sage leave. Check it out: https://s3.amazonaws.com/archive.leye.com/sites/files/EiffelPumpkinSoup.pdf!

    Whether you’re incorporating pumpkin into a drink, or a dish, it’s a great way to celebrate fall and make your restaurant feel more cozy!

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  6. Hallow-Fun!

    Hallow-Fun!

    October 1st means…Halloween! Finally, we can celebrate! Assuming that your restaurant is doing some sort of theme or celebration for Halloween, we have some perfect, bone-chilling drinks just for your event. What better way to get into spooky season than to celebrate with some themed alcohol! Here are some spooky drinks below:

    Blood and Bones Cocktail

    • 1 cup whipped cream vodka
    • 1 cup strawberry cream soda
    • 1 cup soda water

    To make small, spooky molds for your drink, place milk in a small saucepan and sprinkle gelatin over the milk and stir for 5 minutes. Pour the mixture into a skeleton mold, or something of that nature, and let sit in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours. Combine the vodka, cream soda, and soda water in a measuring cup and place the mold into a glass. Pour the mixture over the mold and you’ve got a Blood and Bones Cocktail!

    Cranberry is the New Black Cocktail

    • Black vodka—yes it exists!
    • Black food coloring
    • Crème de cassis (black currant liqueur)
    • Sparkling cranberry juice
    • Ice

    Fill a glass 2/3 full of ice and add a large measure of vodka to the glass. (If using clear vodka, you can add a drop of black food coloring). Then add a small measure of crème de cassis and top with sparkling cranberry juice and stir.

    Halloween Sangria

    Rejoice for sangria!

    • ¼ cup of sugar
    • 2 bottles cabernet sauvignon
    • 1 cup orange juice
    • ¼ cup orange liqueur
    • 24 ounces club soda, chilled
    • 2 oranges, thinly sliced
    • 1 cup fresh blackberries

    Bring the sugar and 1 ¼ cups water to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved and remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Then combine the sugar mixture, red wine, orange liqueur and juice in a container and let chill for 4 hours. Stir in club soda, orange, and blackberries right before serving.

    These Halloween drinks will attract customers to your restaurant in search for a fun, spooky time!

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  7. How to Fix Those Restaurant Blues

    How to Fix Those Restaurant Blues

    We know your job as restaurant owner is full of hardships, but we want to make it a bit easier for you! We hope that you’re working on making your restaurant better and not working for your restaurant. By that we mean we hope you’re not taking on a server or chef role, but rather you’re managing your restaurant. These are some things to make sure you’re doing as owner:

    Budgets

    You should always know the state of your restaurant. You should know if you’re making profits, or if you’re falling short of the bottom line (we hope you’re not!). You should constantly be assessing ways to make your restaurant more efficient, which will hopefully bring in more profits!

    Growing Business

    You need to focus on two things: getting customers in the door and getting them to come back. Little things, such as making sure the food is hot when it should be and cold when it should be, will ensure that customers are satisfied. A bonus thing to think about is how to get returning customers to spend more every time they visit!

    Leading

    You should have systems in place for everything that needs to be done in your business. You want to make sure your employees are trained properly and that they follow a strict system when getting food from the kitchen to the customer. You also want to create a work culture that is inviting for your employees.

    We want to help make your job as easy as possible and help your restaurant succeed! Taking control of your restaurant is the best way to know its current state and the best way to ensure its success!

     

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  8. Food Delivery Needs

    Food Delivery Needs

    Food delivery makes your restaurant more accessible to the public, and is great for lazy people like us that want to sit in the comfort of our own home with our favorite foods! Delivery bags are essential in getting your food from the kitchen to your customer’s homes in one piece. Here are some tips for food delivery:

    Bags

    The type of delivery bag you use is extremely important. The food needs to stay hot and stay protected from the elements of the outside world. You don’t want the food that gets to your customer to taste any different than it would if they dined in at your restaurant! You should think about investing in nylon bags for delivery because if you’re transporting food to multiple residences, you want it to stay hot and not become soggy along the way.

    Cost

    If possible, you want to use in-house delivery because that way your restaurant retains 100% of the profit! Providing your own bags is more cost efficient so that your drivers don’t need to buy their own bag and expect you to reimburse. This way you are in total control of the whole delivery process.

    Third-Party Services

    Using a third-party delivery system may be more costly, but can have other benefits. Services, such as GrubHub and UberEats, allow for restaurants to not have to worry about creating a delivery system. These services are also time efficient because the food goes directly from your restaurant to the customer without any stops in between.

    Insulated delivery bags allow you to transport fresh food at safe temperatures for the ultimate takeout experience for your customers. Whether it be in-house or third-party, having a delivery option at your restaurant opens up a stream of possibilities and will help you build a bigger customer base! Check out some delivery bags on our website: https://www.restaurantsupply.com/storage-and-transport/insulated-food-delivery-bags!

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  9. Falling for Fall Dishes

    Falling for Fall Dishes

    Fall means the holiday season is coming, and that also means cold weather, which some of you love and some don’t. Even if you hate the cold weather, you can take advantage of it at your restaurant by rotating new dishes through your menu to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Fall festivities should be celebrated with fall dishes! Here are some fall dish ideas for your menu:

    Mushroom Stroganoff

    Fall brings mushrooms, and other plants, right to our plates, and we want you to take advantage of that! You can easily substitute mushrooms for other ingredients in dishes that already exist on your menu, or you can bring a new dish to your menu. Here’s a great recipe for mushroom stroganoff: https://veganhuggs.com/vegan-mushroom-stroganoff/#wprm-recipe-container-8617!

    Sweet Potato Gnocchi

    Italian restaurants pay attention! Sweet potato gnocchi works great for fall because it incorporates the classic sweet fall potato. If you already have gnocchi on the menu, you can easily switch your regular gnocchi over to sweet potato gnocchi, or at least give customers the option! Check out the recipe here: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/sweet-potato-gnocchi-with-fried-sage-and-shaved-chestnuts-355415!

    Autumn Veggie Burger

    Vegetarians rejoice! You can and should get creative with your grill and bring customers at least the option of enjoying this autumn veggie burger. This veggie burger includes several fall ingredients, including apples, pumpkin seeds, and butternut squash. Here’s the recipe: https://www.veggieinspired.com/autumn-vegan-burger/!

    There’s so much you can do to your menu for fall inspired dishes. All you have to do is take an hour to brainstorm new dishes to rotate into your menu, or you can easily substitute fall ingredients in for ingredients in your existing dishes!

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  10. Ice Hacks

    Ice Hacks

    As we’ve discussed before, the shape of ice and how you use it in a drink is extremely important and can help make your drink unique, but there are so many other ways to use ice! You’re probably going to wish you knew these ice hacks earlier because they will definitely make your life easier. Other than when crafting drinks, here are some ways to use ice:

    Remove Dents in Carpets

    When you rearrange your furniture, you might find there are dents left in your carpet. How do you get rid of them? Place an ice cube on the spot where the dent is and let it melt. Once it’s melted, brush up the dent and your carpet is back to normal!

    Iron Out Wrinkles

    If you find yourself in a time crunch and your clothes have wrinkles in them, turn on the iron and wrap ice cubes in a soft cloth. Rub the cloth with ice over the wrinkle just before you iron the shirt and it will smooth out.

    Rid Yourself of Splinters

    Removing a splinter from yourself, let alone your screaming child, might prove to be difficult. Before you try to pluck the splinter from the skin, numb it with an ice cube and that will make for a seemingly painless removal!

    Remove Gum from Your Clothes

    We’ve all got gum in our clothes at one time or another, although it might be embarrassing to admit, but fear not, there’s an easy fix! Grab an ice cube and rub the ice on the gum to harden it. Once the gum hardens, you can scrape it off with a spoon!

    We exist in an age where people live for convenience and these hacks may help you more than you think! Not only does ice help refresh your drinks, but it can make your life significantly easier with these hacks.

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