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In The Age of Online Reviews, This Was Dangerous Thinking!

In The Age of Online Reviews, This Was Dangerous Thinking!

Our recent travel experiences differed greatly at a variety of businesses. Whether they were resort hotels, a hip modern motel, high end restaurants, Chinese take-out, the local bagel shop and a bowling alley; the lessons learned are the same. Regardless of the price of your menu or service provided, hospitality is either present or noticeable absent.

Growing profits in your small business - WISDOM from the trenches...

Growing profits in your small business - WISDOM from the trenches...

In this episode we interview Roger Beaudoin, an entrepreneur, restaurateur, consultant and author. He shares his interesting entrepreneurial journey, his initial inspiration for his first highly-successful restaurant, and valuable tips & advice on growing the profits of your small business.

Is Your Restaurant Running You?

Is Your Restaurant Running You?

Arguably, restaurants are one of the most challenging of all businesses and require a “hands-on” approach. No-one can deny the high failure rate, and marginal operations quickly become new statistics.

The "True" Meaning Of Hospitality

The "True" Meaning Of Hospitality

This service went above and beyond any expectation I had for dinner this particular evening.  I had flown in that day, was tired and hungry and was simply looking forward to checking in to my hotel. Eric was unaware of my special needs, yet intuitively took a personal approach to making my experience and all his guests that evening special and memorable.  We can all take a special lesson in this true hospitality approach from Eric and I hope you think of ways to apply this approach to your own operation.

8 Great Things To Tell Your Staff Today

8 Great Things To Tell Your Staff Today

Given that the restaurant business is a performance, your guest experience is ultimately determined by how you as owner or manager set the stage.  Discuss these 8 great things with your staff today.

Train Your Servers to be Entertainers – Staff Tips with Roger Beaudoin

Train Your Servers to be Entertainers – Staff Tips with Roger Beaudoin

I have always believed that great service is about taking the guests on a magical journey of everything the restaurant is about. Because let’s face it, guests are often first time visitors to restaurants and they don’t know what they’re going to enjoy or what’s exiting about the restaurant.

It’s really up to the entire service team – not just the wait staff, but also the host, the busser and the bartender. Every part of the service experience should be delivered by a choreographed team.

Are You Running a Restaurant or a Business?

Are You Running a Restaurant or a Business?

I spent 20 years starting and operating restaurants. When I first began, I had virtually no experience, so I needed to give myself every advantage. The biggest advantage (I called it my "Secret Weapon") was systems. I knew instinctively that creating systems would make all the difference between succeeding or becoming another statistic.

 
From the get-go, I decided to work on my business now so I could decide how I would work in my business later.
This took some serious work up-front in creating the systems, but this ultimately led to freedom. Now, I could manage from afar (so many operators are so close to their restaurants, they’re missing a fresh perspective) and look at the big picture from 30,000 feet. These systems exploded sales, built my “Dream Team” staff, and created a dominant powerful brand that crushed my competition. They also allowed me to pay great people to run my business as “their own business,” taking “ownership” of the results. You have a system when you can leave your business for a week, a month, or a year, and it will be just as successful—or more so—when you return. I can show you how...

Do You Have A Staff Or A Dream Team?

Do You Have A Staff Or A Dream Team?

The foundation of great restaurant service begins with great restaurant staff.  Surprisingly, this concept is lost on many owners and managers, yet the solution really is simple. 
As the restaurant business is transient by nature, high turnover is a fact of life. I’ve worked with lots of restaurants over the years that struggle to find and keep good help and this negatively impacts the guest experience. When I started my first restaurant the challenge was much the same—that is, until I discovered the magic of building my “dream team.”

How to Choose Restaurant Furniture

How to Choose Restaurant Furniture

You've written your business plan, chosen your location, written up your menu, you're thinking about staff and you're eager to get out there and run a successful restaurant. You've got all your bases covered, right? Furniture is a crucial part of the restaurant experience and is an often overlooked aspect of opening and managing a restaurant.