Signs of Burnout in Restaurant Staff

How to Spot Signs of Burnout in Restaurant Staff

Burnout is all too common in restaurants due to the fast-paced nature of the industry. And unfortunately for many managers, the issue only becomes apparent when the affected employee resigns from their position. This can be very disruptive for the business – you have to find and train their replacement, settle any ripples in the team, and deal with the loss of revenue.

Wouldn’t it be better if you could prevent that resignation from happening? 

So what warning signs should you be looking for in your restaurant staff, and what should you do if you suspect they’re on the verge of burning out? Read more

Restaurant and Beverage News April 21st

The Check Out: Weekly Restaurant News April 21st

Here is the week’s top restaurant and beverage industry news. These are the stories and opinions that had us buzzing. Check out the must read stories from April 15th – April 21st.  Read more

Where Craft Beer is Losing On Restaurant Menus

Where Craft Beer is Losing on Restaurant Menus

How does the average restaurant divide its menu between craft and macro beers? When analyzing craft beer’s voracious growth, one of the most important measurements – both visually and economically – is how much shelf space craft brewers now occupy in grocery and retail stores. But what story is told by menu placements for micro (craft) beers ? In what venues is micro losing? Where does the golden-hued American lager still reign? We broke down Uncorkd customer menus to see how the average beer list is distributed between the firebrands and the titans of the industry.

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Restaurant News April 14th

The Check Out: Weekly News Bites for Restaurants April 14th

The Check Out is back on the menu at Uncorkd! This is our resurrected weekly news round up in which we compile the top restaurant and beverage industry news and opinions that had us talking. Here are the must-read stories from April 8th – April 14th.  Read more

Bad Beer Programs

The Perfect Strategy to Ruin Any Beer Program

Hello earnest beer merchant! Are you looking to ruin the beer program at your tavern, bar, or restaurant? Perhaps alienate your customers? Or become all too consumed with tapping the latest beer trends? Well, here’s the perfect blog post for you!

Bonus: If you’re actually looking to build a stronger beer program and increase your beers sales, then you can just do the exact opposite of the items listed below. Follow these 5-mistakes and ruin your beer program. Or, don’t follow these and find success with a bubbling and profitable beer program.

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Wine and Beverage Inventory for Restaurants and Bars

What’s The Point Of Taking Inventory, Anyway?

Taking beverage inventory stinks. No one except a certain Sesame Street muppet enjoys the act of counting things. Unless you’re counting your money and you’ve got loads of it. But it’s necessary for a well-run bar or restaurant to do it. But so many restaurants aren’t properly taking inventory. However, there are ways to make inventory work better. Let’s look at some practices that will make inventory easier in the long run and give your bar or restaurant a big advantage over other bars and restaurants that are clueless about their counts. These tips can make your beverage program more profitable.

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Spring Cocktail Trends 2017

David Bowie, Martinis, And Other Spring Cocktail Trends

What will your cocktail menu look like this spring?

Wait, are you not creating a new cocktail menu to capture the life-giving flavors of spring? Well, you should. Seasonally-inspired menus are a great way to excite customers and can drum up new business if your menu is marketed properly. If you need some inspiration, take a look at 2017’s spring cocktail trends. Read more

Spring Wine Trends 2017

The Perfect Spring Wines to Have on Your Wine List

Do you change your wine menu seasonally? If you change your food menu each season to utilize fresh and timely ingredients, you can really elevate the guest experience at your restaurant by pairing new wines with your new food menu. The most innovative and exciting restaurants always consider how to create a cohesive experience for their guests. Rotating your wine menu is a great way to do this. Here are some of the big wine trends that we are excited for this spring. Read more

Important Interview Questions for Restaurant Managers

Do You Ask These Critical Interview Questions For Restaurant Managers?

Losing a restaurant manger can be really devastating. It can upend employee relationships, diminish a positive work culture, derail finances, and it’s flat out really expensive to replace management, with hiring costs ranging from 30 to 400 percent of their annual salary. The smartest methods to reduce turnover should be put in place before you even hire someone. The entire recruiting process is important, but one of the best ways to vet restaurant managers is during the interview. There are key questions to ask that will give you a valuable projection on how these employees will turn out. Just make sure you are asking these critical interview questions to restaurant managers. Read more

Uncorkd Customer Spotlight: The County Bench Wine

Customer Spotlight: The County Bench

At The County Bench Kitchen+Bar, the details are important. The appreciation of each ingredient — the produce grown by local farmers, fresh catches by coastal fishermen, or each element stirred in a cocktail — is what the restaurant calls The County Bench Way. Located in the heart of California’s lush wine country in Sonoma County, The County Bench’s beverage program celebrates their local wine producers while also offering  guests a varied selection that draws inspiration from around the world.

We spoke with Chris John, the Wine Director at The County Bench to learn how he balances the abundance of amazing wine produced in Sonoma County with the appreciation he has for Old World wines predate the California wine boom. Read more