Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale

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The time of the year when people will do almost anything to get the best bang for their buck is right around the corner, Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Although Black Friday has been around much longer, many people prefer Cyber Monday instead. At the same time, there are many others who will take full…

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Using Mystery Shopping to Improve your Customer Service in your Restaurant

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Reality shows like Undercover Boss, Restaurant Stakeout, and others are based around objectively gathering information to improve business. Everyday diners are the lifeblood of a successful restaurant and improving customer service is the best way to ensure your restaurant has a line out the door. Even without a camera crew and a television show, you…

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Baking Wars: Convection vs. Conventional Ovens

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Creating fluffy cupcakes, creamy cheesecakes, and the perfect crumbly pie crust takes time, skill, and the right oven. No matter how much time you take measuring, stirring, and prepping your food. If it bakes unevenly or burns, all your hard work is destroyed. The battle between conventional and convection ovens has been around since convection…

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National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day is Here

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A little known holiday is coming up on Saturday, November 15th. Beginning in 1995, every year on November 15th, we are to celebrate National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. Why do we need to set aside a National Holiday for a chore? This holiday is decidedly close to Thanksgiving Day plus all of the holidays until…

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Should Your Restaurant Use Daily Deal Promotion Sites?

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When social media teamed up with coupons, daily deal sites like Groupon were born. Since Groupon hit the market in 2008, group deal sites have multiplied exponentially, creating a feeding frenzy in nearly every market, especially restaurants. To some, this is the holy grail of advertising and growing your business. To others, it is a…

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Giving Back to Veterans

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Giving Back to Veterans These days the appreciation for veterans has diminished from little to almost nothing. With the amount of hard working people that fight for this country and so little gratitude, it amazes me that still so many people want to stand up for those that are not appreciative. It goes to show…

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Recipe: Frozen Pumpkin Spice Latte

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It’s that time of year again! Pumpkins, leaves falling, wagon rides, and PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING! That means that everyone’s favorite fall drink, Pumpkin Spice Latte, is back in full force. One of the ways that coffee shops offer this popular drink made is frozen. In fact, it is the second most popular way to have a…

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How to Sell More Wine in Your Restaurant

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Increasing alcohol sales is a great way to take your business from the red and put it back in black. Restaurants earn the highest profit margins on their beverages. The typical soda is marked up between 300 and 500 percent. For alcoholic beverages, specifically wine, the markup is often 500 to 600 percent. In addition,…

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