How Reduce Restaurant Costs and Expenses

How Restaurants Can Ignore Sales and Increase Profits

You see it all the time. Restaurant flyers crammed in mailboxes. Facebook and instagram posts promoting daily specials. Restaurants are constantly chasing down customers, spinning their wheels on ways to bring in more guests to drive up sales.

But what happens if all that effort spent on attracting new customers doesn’t work? You can double your losses by spending marketing dollars that don’t bear fruit. But restaurants looking to grow their bottom line don’t need to chase customers in order to drive up profits. Looking internally to cut restaurant operational costs and reduce dollars tied up in inventory can help save restaurants.  Read more

2018 Spring Wine Trends

2018 Spring Wine Trends

Springtime is like the impatient little kid, buckled in the back seat during a long drive, pulling fruitlessly at the seat belt strap while their feet kick air, repeatedly asking, “Are we there yet?” It’s an anxious season. People are anxious to feel the sun and refill their stock of Vitamin D. Buried seedlings are anxious to flower and bloom. And wine drinkers are anxious to shake off weighty winter reds in favor of light flavors and bright wines. Read more

2018 Spring Beer Trends

Spring has sprung! Well, almost for those of us in the Midwest. The new season changes our daily routines and tells us to go outside again. The warmer weather also welcomes changes to our diet, and that includes the types of beer we’ll want to drink.

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What Restaurateurs Need to Know About Online Reviews

What Restaurateurs Need to Know About Online Reviews

Online reviews posted by consumers on sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, Google, and Facebook have changed not only the ways diners search for and discover places to eat, but also how restaurateurs today market to their audience.

This underlines the need for executives to keep customers’ needs at the forefront in order to build a community of loyal patrons. Sure enough, winners and losers in the industry will be determined by their ability to manage and monitor online reviews, harness customer feedback, and deliver 5-star-worthy guest experiences.

Let’s dive into some of the ways online reviews and ratings are shaping restaurant-going behavior. Read more

2018 Spring Cocktail Trends

The phrase ‘spring cleaning’ doesn’t solely refer to your home. It’s about a season of transformation. Temperatures are on the rise, nature is in bloom, and people start to move around again. The world around us feels rejuvenated and so should your cocktail menu. Move over, cozy winter cocktails. With these 2018 spring cocktail trends, we’ll get a taste of patio-worthy drinks and a revival of some classics. Read more

Basic Wine Knowledge for Servers to Know

Basic Wine Knowledge Training For Servers

Once, during a busy Friday night at service well in a bar in Chicago, a recently hired server returned a glass of White Zinfandel to the bartender. The wine, a blush pink color, teetered in the glass, clearly untouched. The server, annoyed and slightly combative, barked out to the bartender, “Hey! I ordered a WHITE Zinfandel on this ticket, can your pour me a new glass!?”

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Uncorkd Adds New Vendor Purchasing, Tracking and Reporting Functionality

I’m excited to share our latest product launch, one of our largest to date, that streamlines all alcohol vendor purchasing. Restaurants and bars can now quickly place orders with all distributors in a fraction of the time, see order history and get more insight into their beverage program than ever before, from any device, anywhere, anytime. Read more

Tips for Valentine's Day Cocktail and Food Pairing

4 Tips For Trendy Valentine’s Day Cocktails & Food Pairings

Valentine’s Day dinner service is all about creating a special and romantic experience for the couples dining with you. With a restaurant full of candle lit two-tops, VDay service will also be a bit different than your everyday service. One perfect way to create a unique experience for the hallmark holiday is to create a speciality cocktail menu. Here are tips for creating trendy Valentine’s Day cocktails that pair well with each food course. Read more

How the Right Restaurant Tech Can Save Your Restaurant

How the Right Restaurant Tech Can Save Your Restaurant

Margins in the restaurant industry are thinner than the blade of sushi knife. Every day you read about restaurants that are closing. Here in Chicago, even restaurants that boast Michelin stars, great customer reviews, and a celebrity chef, are closing their doors. So how can restaurant operators make sure their restaurants find the type of success that means longevity and serving diners for years on end? One smart way is to find the right technology services that help grow profits and repair the holes in your bottom line.  Read more

5 Tasks Restaurant Operators Can Do In January

5 Unsexy Restaurant Tasks to Get Done This January

For many restaurants, January is a slow business month. Whether it’s cold weather persuading people to bundle up indoors, bank accounts depleted by holiday spending, or resolutions of new dieting goals, many of your customers are probably eating in this month. But! This means you can take advantage of a less hectic schedule and check some annoying tasks off of your to do list. Here are 5 things you can do during your restaurant’s slow time.

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