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Host Training: More Than Just Greet and Seat

Host Training: More Than Just Greet and Seat

An effective restaurant training program includes all the cycles of service, from the time a guest pulls into your parking lot to the time they drive away. Good service starts with solid host training. A standard host greeting goes something like this: “Two for...

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Host Training: More Than Just Greet and Seat

An effective restaurant training program includes all the cycles of service, from the time a guest pulls into your parking lot to the time they drive away. Good service starts with solid host training. A standard host greeting goes something like this: “Two for...

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Watch Your Mouth

Watch Your Mouth

Guests form opinions within seconds — seconds waiting to be acknowledged, to be sat, to place a drink order, to get and pay the check. Eye contact and a warm smile go a long way in helping guests form a positive impression. The most lasting impressions, though, will...

What Is Your Invisible Product?

What Is Your Invisible Product?

Have you ever stopped to think about what “service” really means? Put simply, restaurant service is the manner in which the guest is treated. It’s a thing more often felt than seen. It’s a bit of a magic act, an illusion, a perceived value that accompanies the...

Improve Restaurant Service to Clock-Watchers

Improve Restaurant Service to Clock-Watchers

As more people return to working in the office, many full-service restaurants are finally experiencing a lunch rush again. Lunch-hour guests are often watching the clock carefully, and that requires a unique level of service. Are you and your staff prepared to get the...

What’s Your Relationship Status?

What’s Your Relationship Status?

Love is in the air this time of year, but is it in your restaurant? It should be, at least when it comes to you and your guests. Guest relationships don’t have to be complicated.  Check out these three simple steps you and your staff can take to have successful,...

6 Things You Can Do to Prevent Credit Card Fraud

6 Things You Can Do to Prevent Credit Card Fraud

Credit card fraud is a scary topic for consumers. For restaurant owners, it’s a nightmare. Consumers pay for restaurant meals with credit or debit cards more than any other method. As card usage continues to go up, so does the risk of fraud. Credit card fraud can...

How Are Your Resolutions Going So Far?

How Are Your Resolutions Going So Far?

You’ve probably already started on the New Year’s resolutions you made for your personal life – go the gym, cut the carbs, stick to the family budget, and so on. But have you thought about personal resolutions that can affect your restaurant? These would be actionable...

You Can’t Sell What You Don’t Know

You Can’t Sell What You Don’t Know

Your servers probably don’t realize this, but they have the easiest sales job in the world. Salespeople in other industries have to spend time convincing customers that they really do want to buy something. That step is already done for your servers -- guests come in...

Fear of Wine? It Happens.

Fear of Wine? It Happens.

Customers who missed out on holiday dining last year are ready to celebrate this year -- but is your restaurant ready for them? For servers with the right training, bottles of wine are an easy upsell for guests already ordering wine, and champagne nearly sells itself...

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