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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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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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Stop Conflict Before It Starts

Stop Conflict Before It Starts

In the hustle and bustle of the restaurant business, conflict is part of the game. Conflict can happen within your team, with one of your employees, with a guest, or with a vendor. Conflict in the workplace isn’t always a bad thing. Productive conflict can lead to...

Enjoy Sweet Success with Increased Dessert Sales

Enjoy Sweet Success with Increased Dessert Sales

Whoever said, "Life is short, eat dessert first" was probably on to something. Unfortunately, though, most of your guests don't walk into the restaurant ready to take that advice. Dessert sales can be hard to come by, but it doesn't have to be that way. Implement...

What Are Your Leadership Goals?

What Are Your Leadership Goals?

Who you are as a restaurant manager changes from day to day. (And if it doesn’t, you may not be doing it right.) Effective leaders are flexible, changing styles and strategies to meet the needs of their teams. Effective leaders know that in order for their teams to...

Four-Step Plan to Stay Out of the Weeds

Four-Step Plan to Stay Out of the Weeds

It starts slowly. Unassuming. Quietly. Then, “The Rush” comes. And suddenly, no one is safe. Not your calmest manager or your newest waitress. It slices deep into waitstaff morale and cuts deeper into restaurant profits. It increases blood pressure, tempers, stress,...

10 Ways to Increase Check Averages

10 Ways to Increase Check Averages

Increasing check averages means more profits for your restaurant and bigger tips for your staff. It really is that simple. Here are a few strategies to get you started. Offer meal deals. Today's consumers are looking for value and convenience. Many full-service...

How to Outrun the Competition

How to Outrun the Competition

You’ve heard the story: Two hikers encounter an angry bear in the forest. One of them opens their backpack, pulls out their running shoes, and begins putting them on as fast as they can. The other watches and says incredulously, “You don’t think you’re going to outrun...

Types of Selling for Restaurant Servers

Types of Selling for Restaurant Servers

The basis of any restaurant training program aimed at increasing sales must first cover the basic types of selling. Take a look: Upselling is enhancing an item already ordered (such as “up-sizing” a value meal or a draft beer, or adding cheese and guacamole to a...

What Are the Safety Hazards in Your Restaurant?

What Are the Safety Hazards in Your Restaurant?

Effective restaurant teams have members who look out for each others' safety. Teamwork is essential to maintaining a safe restaurant, and the opposite is also true. As a manager, the safety of your employees and guests is your responsibility. Ask yourself these...

Why Train?

Why Train?

Training your restaurant employees on service and sales is more important today than it's ever been. To survive and thrive going forward, you'll have to increase per-person check averages without drastic price hikes, all while delivering service that brings guests...

It’s Time to Manage the Wait

It’s Time to Manage the Wait

Time is the one thing we all need more of, right? That's true for our guests, too. Make sure your restaurant service training includes teaching your staff to serve guests' time needs. Keeping the meal going at a steady pace is what most guests are looking for, and...

Mentor Material? (Maybe Not)

Mentor Material? (Maybe Not)

Susan is your best employee. She’s friendly, she’s fast, she’s knowledgeable. She wins almost every sales contest and loyal guests ask for her by name. You want to clone her (and maybe you should), but don’t make her a mentor. Why not? The best mentor is not always...

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