If you’re concerned about the small cost required to set up a gift card program for your bar or restaurant, don’t be. Despite what some may think, gift cards actually lead to higher margins for restaurants, as people tend to spend more than their gift card amount and many gift cards go unused entirely. This post from FSR Magazine has all the details behind why you should offer this profitable service.

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Even if you know your kitchen is clean, there’s no more nerve-racking feeling than a surprise visit from the health inspector while you struggle to remember if you cleaned the burners and took out the trash last night, all while trying to maintain an air of cool. While there’s not much you can do about the surprise nature of health inspections, there are some things you can do to ensure that you’ll never great the inspector with a sinking feeling in your stomach again. This post from eTundra is a great checklist to keep in mind for keeping your kitchen clean on a daily basis, so you always know all the boxes have been checked when it’s inspection time.

One of the most important things to stay on top of is to regularly check the temperature of all of your food products, but especially with any raw proteins. Even a slight change in temperature can leave meats like chicken and pork susceptible to harmful bacteria, and can potentially make guests sick. Furthermore, it’s important to check every food delivery you receive to ensure that food has been transported to your restaurant in a safe manner. For more tips on keeping your kitchen spick-and-span, continue reading.

Read the full article here: Back of House Inspection Checklist

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If you want to reach your target audience and potential diners online, social media isn’t your only, or even necessarily your best, option. This post from FoodService.com explains how review sites like Yelp, OpenTable and Eat 24 are becoming increasingly important for restaurants to use to their advantage. Making sure your restaurant details like hours, menu and phone number are readily available to customers can be much more effective than tweeting at them.

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When diners sit down to a nice meal out at a restaurant, they understand that a good amount of effort goes into preparing, cooking and serving their dinner, but most customers don’t realize that the work of restaurants and corporate chains doesn’t end there. In order to serve meals that customers will like and spend money on, in an atmosphere that they will feel comfortable in and enjoy, a lot of data analytics goes into play. Data analytics plays a large role in the success of restaurants, and especially in our modern world where we have access to so many more kinds of data than were ever available before. This post from BBC goes into the use of restaurant data analysis even further, providing some insightful examples of successful application of data results.

International chains like Pizza Hut and Tesco have been incorporating data analysis into their business decisions for years, and with much success. As the post points out, humans aren’t always able to make business decisions from a scientific standpoint as well as data can; there is hard evidence to point to, rather than emotions or guesswork. Regularly analyzing data, and running control tests, can help companies know when to incorporate new ingredients, menu items, or even decor. For more on the effects of data in the foodservice industry, read on.

Read the full article here: From Pizzas to Cocktails the Data Crunching Way

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These days, everyone is on the go and on their phones more than ever before, and that includes restaurant owners and managers. Luckily, there are plenty of mobile POS systems available to be able to track business operations even when you’re not on property. This post from Fast Casual has all the details, and examines some of the best systems for real-time reporting.

Read the full article here: Mobile POS Takes Restaurant Concepts Offsite

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Running a successful restaurant is a difficult enough venture on its own, but having the time, energy and financial resources to also develop a strategic restaurant marketing program can be exhausting. This post from Buzztime may help you skirt that issue entirely with the idea of offering entertainment via local musical talent to help market your bar or restaurant and improve the overall customer experience for your diners.

Read the full article here: Feature Local Musical Talent for Free Marketing

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Managing a restaurant is not an easy task, and it takes a good manager for any restaurant to even stand a chance at being successful. It’s the manager’s job to keep the FOH and BOH teams working seamlessly together, make sure jobs are getting done the way they’re supposed to, and make sure diners are having the best possible experience in regards to both their meal and the quality of the customer service. Think you’re up to the task?

This post from Shiftgig provides a guideline for being a great manager, and also being respected and beloved by your employees. One of the most important things that any good manager should do is listen to their team members. If there’s a problem between the FOH and BOH, or certain dishes aren’t selling the way they should be, it’s critical that you pay attention to the feedback your team is giving you and work together to create solutions. Additionally, it’s important that you be an encouraging and positive force for your employees, treating them with respect and praising them when they’re performing their tasks exceptionally well, and making sure they know you have their back should any problems arise. For more tips of improving your managerial skills, continue reading.

Read the full article here: How to Be the Manager that Everyone Loves

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While there’s no denying the love Americans have for beef or chicken, it’s actually pork that continues that has been the fastest-growing protein in the U.S. for the last four years. This post from Global Meat News explains the pork-loving phenomenon, and how restaurants can take advantage of the craze with flavorful dishes like carnitas and pulled pork.

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If you’re looking to grab the attention of diners, consider loading up your menu with avocado-centric dishes. This post from The Packer describes how Americans’ love of avocados is only continuing to grow, especially when it comes to the foodservice industry and the meals they eat outside their own homes. Whether you’re adding them to salads and sandwiches or showcasing the ever popular avocado toast for breakfast, it’s time to let avocados shine.

Read the full article here: Avocados Grab a Share of Foodservice Spotlight

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Most people are aware that many restaurant review sites aren’t to be trusted; a customer having a bad day can leave an unfairly negative review about something as trivial as the color of your napkins, but it’s still out there for the world to see. This post from Tech.co details a new app that aims to bring the credibility back to online restaurant reviews by letting diners provide feedback directly to restaurants.

Read the full article here: Servy Restaurant Review App Serves Feedback to Businesses

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