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Revenue slumps happen sometimes, and while it may be frustrating there are many ways you can pull yourself out of it and get more money out of your business. Some require an initial investment of time or money and pay off in the long run, while others offer almost immediate profit. No matter what your business, you’ll likely find some of these tips useful.

Shrinking portion sizes can offer incredible savings. While you don’t want to shrink them enough to be too noticeable by your customer, even a small amount can save you a lot of money over time, and that means greater profits.

Offering up new desserts is enticing and easy, or consider putting in a soft serve machine. Bars can also benefit by allowing bartenders to come up with unique and interesting dessert cocktails to jump on the trend. Frozen margaritas are also very popular.

Becoming involved with the local community is a great way to establish a relationship with your customer base and earn their trust and support. Create a strong web presence and keep up on social media interaction to create brand loyalty with easy advertising.

For more, read the full article here: 9 Ways to Increase Profit At Your Restaurant

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Technology is completely changing the way restaurants function, and some establishments are decreasing their staff in favor of tablet ordering and payment, and even robot and drone servers. While these changes are futuristic and interesting, consumers want restaurants to know they still value the human side of the experience.

In an industry known for hospitality, the cold glare of the machine doesn’t set right with everyone, even technology-obsessed millennials. While they want to order and pay with technology, they acknowledge the human factor is important, too.

Read the full article here: Despite Technology, Diners Still Want the Human Touch

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Taco Bell has been busy! Ever since Brian Niccol took the lead as president and then chief executive, the quick-service taco chain has been making headlines with the introduction of a full breakfast line, new menu items, and even a new fast-casual brand called U.S. Taco Co. and Urban Taproom!

With mobile technology in demand, Taco Bell answered with the addition of tablet ordering and payment options as well. What will they do next, and what can your restaurant learn from their success?

Read the full article here: Taco Bell Is At It Again

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For a job that often pays minimum wage, servers are seriously skilled workers. Not only that, the things you learn while serving can help you succeed in other areas of your life. Multitasking, people pleasing, and patience are useful things to know!

This article from Shiftgig describes eight skills learned by serving that you can apply to other areas of your life. For example, you learn quickly that not everyone is nice and friendly, but being able to keep smiling in return, even when the customer obviously doesn’t deserve it, can help you deal with toxic people in your personal life.

Another handy skill is being able to ignore things that don’t matter and focusing on priorities. When you’ve got people waiting for seats, other people waiting for food, and a bill that needs to be split six ways, you handle it all gracefully until the next pile of tasks comes your way. When life throws things at you, you can take care of it much the same way.

Read the full article here: 8 Incredible Life Skills You Learn Being a Server

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Websites are a must for almost every business out there these days, but before you start building a web presence you have to make sure you’ve got all your ducks in a row. This article from Fast Casual describes eight things you should do before you get started.

You should start by involving I.T. and Finance in your planning, and assess your inventory. Analytics are also important so you can track what’s working and what isn’t. Take mobile technology into consideration as well.

Read the full article here: 8 things restaurants should do before building a website

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Consumers all over the U.S. are more interested in where their food comes from and how it got there, and this demand is causing restaurants to respond with transparency about their businesses and products.

Customers also want to know how employees are treated and what kind of environmental impact and waste management system restaurants are using. Learn how you can become more transparent with your business practices in this article from QSR.

Read the full article here: The Truth About Transparency

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April is just around the corner, and that means eggs, chicks, and bunnies are springing up in restaurant windows to greet longer, warmer days. Easter isn’t the only day worth celebrating in April though. RestaurantNews.com has a great article full of marketing ideas you can use to bring people through your doors next month.

Did you know that April is both National BLT Sandwich Month and National Grilled Cheese Month? If you have these sandwiches on your menu, consider offering a special promotion. It’s also Jazz Appreciation Month, and I could definitely see a jazz-themed cocktail going over well at a classy bar.

April 1st is not only April Fool’s Day (you could get creative there), it’s also National One Cent Day. Bring in customers with a buy one, get one for a penny deal. Bars won’t want to forget about April 7th – it’s National Beer Day!

For the full calendar list, check out the full article here: Restaurant Marketing Ideas for April

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Servers are pretty amazing people. You have skills and talents that no one else knows and understands, and you have a way with people that others may envy. Masters of the fake smile, hidden eye roll, and genuine politeness, you do your job well. This fun gif article from Shiftgig lists 10 reasons that make you the best server on earth. How many ring true for you?

Read the full article here: 10 Reasons You Are the Best Server in the Whole Entire World

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Quick service restaurants and fast casuals alike are adopting technology trends like using tablets for ordering and payment, but the technology can also be used to help customers decide how much to tip, leading to more money in servers’ pockets.

This article from Fast Casual goes into detail describing how mobile technology offers operational benefits and enhances customer experience, as well as how it makes the tipping process easier.

Read the full article here: The tipping point: how mobile POS technology can improve customer experience and employee wages

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Imagine your chef is prepping some steaks for the grill. He reaches for some spices and all of a sudden four prime, uncooked steaks are on the kitchen floor. That’s some expensive meat, but you know the floor is filthy in even the cleanest restaurants. Heat is likely to kill any bacteria, but could you consciously serve your customers floor beef?

This question was posed at the Chef’s Diary Facebook page this month, and some of the answers might surprise you. While most people give a resounding “of course not,” others believe that foods such as high end meats and produce that can be peeled shouldn’t end up in the trash after kissing the floor.

Some answered that while they would definitely still eat it if the scenario happened at home, they would definitely not serve it to their customers. Others would trash it either way.

Read the whole conversation here: Dear Diary – “The 3 second Rule”

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