It’s difficult to be a restaurant manager. The position requires long hours. A gumbo of personal, organizational, and strategic skills. And it is often considered thankless. But restaurant management can also be incredibly rewarding. Providing quality service and memorable experiences to your guests and employees can make the stress worth it. The leadership skills and qualities needed to be a restaurant manager take time to build and train. This post will give you guidelines to become a good restaurant manager, or to recognize one when you work for them. Read more
Liquor cost is a bedrock metric for identifying expected profits in your restaurant. Knowing your numbers and achieving the right liquor cost can help you increase earnings by returning higher profits on alcohol sales. That’s why it’s important to know the industry benchmarks for liquor costs in restaurants. What should liquor cost be in a restaurant? It depends on a few variables. But we’ll cover what the standard liquor costs are so you can compare your numbers to the restaurant industry as a whole. This will let you find a healthy intersection of cost and sales to help your restaurant maintain success. Read more
Bar inventory can sometimes feel like the boogeyman waiting at the end of the month. Its dreaded by almost every bartender, manager, and restaurant professional tasked with it. But Uncorkd is here to help make liquor inventory manageable. Read more
Taking bar inventory can be time consuming and frustrating. It’s a lot of work to count hundreds of bottles, move boxes, punch numbers into spreadsheets and then analyze the data to make the work worth it. It’s important to have a consistent method for performing bar and liquor inventory that you can rely on to be quick, efficient, and add value to your business. Read more
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
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
The most stressful day I spent managing a restaurant started with an electrical fire. The culprit was a frayed power cord on one of my ancient beer coolers. The cord sent sparks flying which set fire to the duct tape that was previously applied to the cord by a well-intentioned Macgyver in a failed-attempt to “fix” the cooler. From there, the fire caught on a empty cardboard liquor box stored underneath the drink well next to the cooler. Read more
Digital menus are much more than a novelty or passing trend. With the proper program, a digital menu system can be your beverage program’s central management hub. It gives you more control over your program, increases sales, provides financial insights, and improves the overall health of your beverage program. All while saving you hours on daily tasks each week. Let’s dive into the immediate and long term benefits of iPad menus. Read more
Doing regular inventory of your bar is critical to running a successful beverage operation. Whether you record counts into Excel spreadsheets or use a mobile app, having frequent, accurate inventory is important. In this post I’ll compare the various tools that bars and restaurants use to perform inventory, from the old pencil and paper method to Excel to the range of mobile and cloud-based solutions out there. Read more
If you’re looking for an easier and faster way to price your drinks then you’ve found a new best friend. Uncorkd’s drink and liquor price calculator is a an easy to use spreadsheet template to help you find the most profitable drink margins, analyze your dollar cost per ounce and organize your beverage list. Read more