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Jun 17, 2014
OpenTable vs. tickets: You make the call
The ticketed reservations system developed for Chicago's Alinea is being offered to other restaurant owners....
Jun 11, 2014
6 steps to smooth out your restaurant’s cash flow
Without cash on hand to pay vendors, meet payroll and cover the rent and utility bills, a restaurant doesn’t open the next day. Some simple tricks can help even out the ups and downs of income versus expenses....
Jun 9, 2014
Boost your odds of crowdfunding success
Crowdfunding has proven to be a popular way for entrepreneurs, particularly restaurant operators, to tap nontraditional funding sources. Maybe it’s become too popular....
Apr 30, 2014
Food truck rentals: the new strategies
Why not crowdfund a truck, let a catering agent book it for events, or rent it out to others?...
Apr 15, 2014
Operators brace for sticker shock with beef, burgers
Beef prices are poised at an all-time high and likely to stay there through 2015...
Apr 15, 2014
Restaurant sales rebounded in March, NRA says
Diners are returning to restaurants as a brutal winter for much of the U.S. draws to a close....
Apr 8, 2014
7 strategies to control opening costs
Careful site selection, space planning and alternative sourcing strategies all pay off when building a new restaurant....
Mar 19, 2014
Crowdfunding: Kickstarter soars, Feds stall
There are plenty of ways to raise money for restaurant startups and expansions, but you can’t use the one that became part of federal law back in 2012 just yet....
Jan 7, 2014
2014 food cost outlook: The trends are your friends
Many of the food items customers now covet also deliver solid margins for restaurant operators....
Dec 10, 2013
Who pays the bill when diners dash?
A recent incident in New York brings to light the questionable practice of docking servers for guests who don’t pay....
Dec 9, 2013
November a weak month for restaurants
Shopping may be eroding restaurant spending, GuestMetrics suggests....
Nov 25, 2013
How one operator developed a concept on a shoestring
Start small, spend conservatively, owner advises....
Nov 8, 2013
Keep your customers' credit-card data secure
Updated PCI Data Security Standards offer easier path for safety and best practices to achieve it....
Nov 4, 2013
9 steps to a better bottom line
Business is picking up, but profits remain elusive. How can you turn it around?...
Nov 1, 2013
Rules of thumb for financing a restaurant
Mike Schatzman of Union Sushi + Barbecue Bar in Chicago offers advice for funding a restaurant....
Oct 31, 2013
The advantages of financing with an SBA loan
Looking to buy your property? Consider this option....
Oct 15, 2013
Shutdown hasn't derailed economy yet, but default would
Restaurateurs should prepare for slowdown and potentially another recession, a Technomic economist advises....
Oct 1, 2013
Forecast sales by studying previous tip levels
New study from Cornell reveals tip percentages are predictive of future sales....
Sep 18, 2013
Chili's tabletop ordering system helps boost checks
Restaurants where the tablets were tested saw appetizer sales jump 20 percent...
Sep 9, 2013
Why ESOPs offer a viable succession solution
Stock provides tax advantages for owners and a sense of ownership for employees....
Aug 9, 2013
Be ready to answer $15-an-hour pay questions
Fast-food strikes could raise questions from your employees about pay and unions....
Aug 8, 2013
Due diligence: What restaurants are selling for now
Want to unload your current operation or buy a new one? New sales data can help you decide how much any restaurant is worth....
Aug 2, 2013
Big data for smaller operators
Both the U.S. Census Bureau and financial software giant Intuit are making it a little easier to track macro trends that drive your restaurant business....
Jul 29, 2013
Alternative financing for restaurants goes mainstream
Banks may not be eager to make short-term loans to independent operators, but other sources of operating capital are ready to start cutting checks....
Jul 19, 2013
Grocery retailers poised to steal more market share
NPD and Technomic both forecast consumers will soon source more meals at supermarkets, fewer from restaurants....
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