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
With so much competition, restaurants are always hunting for new ways to stay relevant and redefine themselves. You can’t rely on great food and atmosphere alone to keep seats full and staff slammed. One strategy to keep your restaurant humming is having a private dining program. These programs add another channel for cash flow, bring new customers to your restaurant, and will grow your restaurant’s reputation. So let’s dive into how to start and run a successful private dining program. Read more
It’s exciting to be in the restaurant space. Food, drink, and technology trends have people excited. You’re excited. I’m excited. We’re all really excited. But we’re also all getting exhausted. As the trends in dining and drinking shift and reshape every few months, it’s important to think about what changes are happening in the business of managing a restaurant. How are the duties and responsibilities of restaurant managers changing, too. What new ideas and tools are coming out that are important for managers to have a grasp on and use. What does the future mean for restaurant managers? Let’s take a look.
Cocktails….cocktails…everywhere you look, there’s a fancy cocktail chilling on a bar top.
With more restaurants and bars adding inventive cocktails to their menu, the big question becomes, how do you figure out cocktail pricing? The good news? It ain’t that difficult. Though pricing a cocktail is a simple formula, there are a handful of decisions you’ll need to make along the way when it comes to pricing cocktails for YOUR bar. We’ll lay down the guidelines that will ensure that your cocktail menu generates sales and excites customers.
Liquor inventory is a necessary evil. But doing bar inventory doesn’t have to be the boogeyman you dread at the end of every month. One way to make inventory more manageable is to set goals to achieve when performing your liquor counts. Setting goals and tracking your progress will keep you motivated. Using inventory as a tool to lower your alcohol cost is the ultimate goal because it will make your bar more profitable.
Inventory takes time, so don’t let it be wasted time. Here are 5 goals that make liquor inventory worth your time. Read more
Going out with friends is all fun and games, until it’s Monday morning and you’re keeled over your desk with a hangover the size of your bar tab from the night before (which, if you’re unlucky, can be pretty large). To keep from hurting the morning after, we present the mocktail: a “mock” cocktail with all the deliciousness and none of the alcohol. Cocktail bars and restaurants are working their hardest to make the nonalcoholic drinker feel just as welcome as any other bar patron, and this is evidence. Additionally, for drinkers who want something between sobriety and total inebriation, we’ve found a happy middle ground: low-proof cocktails. Day drinkers aren’t born, they’re made, and these low alcohol drinks will keep your buzz going all day long. Read more
There’s always a possibility that guests found your restaurant by being in the neighborhood, drawn to your lighted storefront signs. More likely than not, however, they first heard about your restaurant online: via the location tag on an Instagram post, through online reviews on your Yelp and TripAdvisor page, via the search engine on their iPhones, or by clicking on the Menu tab, Contact section, or a special deal on your restaurant’s Facebook page. What is certain, is, it’s important to convert potential diners scanning the web for restaurants into actual diners in your restaurant. Read more
It’s that time of year again! Time to load up on chips and dip, crack open a cold one and break out your comfiest sweats — football season is just around the corner. For diehard football fans, this means spending the next few months religiously reppin’ your lucky jersey and cheering on your team. For restaurant and bar owners, this means you have a season-long opportunity to cater to a unique crowd. Get your bar or restaurant game ready with these game time tricks. Ready… break!
If you eat a meal but don’t Instagram a picture of it, did you even really go out to eat? Instagram has been the center of trends in the food and beverage industry for years. Now, millennials are using the photo-sharing app to redefine the restaurant experience.
For the social media skeptics out there, it may be time to reconsider your doubts. While it may have once felt impractical, these days a social media presence is almost imperative for the success of your company. In fact, 92% of marketers said that social media is important to their businesses. Social media marketing demonstrates huge opportunities to increase sales, increase brand recognition, and decrease marketing expenses. Still not convinced? We’ve compiled a list of the top business advantages of having a social media presence. Read more