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The back-end of current credit card processing has never been more complex.  Likewise, choosing the right credit card processor for your restaurant has never been more important.  If you own or manage a restaurant, this article cuts through the confusion. 

mw1To strategically address current and proposed minimum wage increases requires reviewing staff scheduling, the pay scale for all your employees, and even your menu pricing. Here are some practical suggestions on how to approach this issue…  


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Why does a legendary rock star, still at the top of his popularity as a performer, launch an independent restaurant?


Mick Fleetwood explains his attraction to the business, and his vision for his concept…

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menuMenu engineering basics: How to make your menu your top salesperson. If you consider your menu simply a decorative price list, you’re grossly underestimating its value. A menu is your most powerful merchandising tool. Everything that makes your restaurant special and profitable flows from the pages of your menu — your atmosphere, concept, pricing and cost-control strategy, and service ethic. Couple an effective menu with a well-trained service staff that interacts effectively with guests and you’ve got a winning combination. Here are the basics…

MenuMistakesIf your menu is broke, fix it! Here are 10 menu design mistakes you might be making in your restaurant and how to fix them…

The Zen of menu sizing — how to know if you have the right number of items on your menu. It is a philosophical question every independent operator needs to contemplate. When it comes to the number of choices on a menu, is it better to have a something-for-everyone smorgasbord or a laser-focused list? PurpleCow


What’s your purple cow? You knew going into this business as a restaurant startup that the restaurant market is crowded with competition. What is it about your restaurant that puts it in a class of its own? Here are ways to differentiate your independent restaurant... Specials


Menu ‘specials’ can develop and transform your menu. There is a reason your guests want to know about the specials. Using them more effectively to create interest that drives repeat patronage and profits…

How to make your dishes visual as well as gastronomic successes? Guests expect to be wowed by your presentation, leaving chefs wondering where to turn next. With all the new food “bling-bling” flashing around today’s kitchens and menus, figuring out what makes the plate perform best for the concept, the guest and the bottom line is indeed a challenge. KGraphlead

A busy kitchen can be chaos or a beautiful performance. Here, we look at the basics of organizing your kitchen for maximum efficiency.

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