Tag Archives: Profitability

Small Plates – Big Trend

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Small Plates is a manner of dining that became popular in Western Foodservice after 2000. Small Plates may either refer to small dishes resembling appetizers which are ordered a la carte and often shared (such as tapas), or to the small courses served as part of a more formal meal.   Some types of Small Plates which have been influenced ...

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How To Implement a Charcuterie Program in Your Restaurant

Charcuterie is a food trend that has proven to have longevity. Whether you already have a charcuterie program, or are considering adding one, Maines can help you take advantage of this burgeoning menu essential. Learn the benefits of a charcuterie program and then get professional insight into how to implement one. This includes advice from our trusted partners at Atalanta ...

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Are You Leaving Money On The Table?

There are many menu engineering and merchandising techniques that can boost sales of a specific menu item. But which of your menu items deserve special sales and merchandising attention to maximize your menu’s profitability? Which menu items should be the focus of your sales efforts? Hint – don’t make your decision based just on food cost. One of the primary ...

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Menu Engineering for Maximum Marketing

You work hard to give your customers the very best meals and service. You may have the best-tasting menu offerings, but if they’re presented in an outdated or unattractive format, you could be losing valuable revenue. Research suggests that a re-designed menu can increase sales by at least 10 percent. Take an honest look at your menu; is there room ...

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Is Your Menu Working With You or Against You?

As a restaurant operator you already know the importance of keeping your food costs in line. That’s because combined with your wages and other payroll expenses, food and beverage costs account for anywhere from 50-70+ percent of your total revenue. Moreover, your food and labor are relatively controllable costs compared to rent, utilities, insurance and most of the remaining expenses ...

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9 Ways to Boost Your Customer Frequency

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It’s less expensive to get your current customers to visit your business more frequently than it is to acquire new customers. Gerry O’Brion gives us 9 strategies on how to get your current customers to come back more often. Video 10 of the Maines Restaurant Formula Video Series –

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10 Pricing Strategies for Your Menu

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Menu pricing strategies are one of the most important aspects to running a profitable restaurant. Making money in the restaurant business takes some math skills. Gerry O’Brion gives us strategies on how restaurants can price a menu for profit. Gerry gives us 10 pricing strategies for your menu to maximize the value you give your guests, while maximizing the cash ...

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16 Ways to Upsell in your Restaurant

Out of the 4 ways to make more money in the restaurant business, one of the easiest is getting your current customers to spend more money. Research shows that customer satisfaction is higher when restaurants offer personalized service and suggestions. Gerry O’Brion spills his secrets and techniques on how to upsell to your current customers. Watch our video with 16 ...

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See Profits Soar with Cheese-Based Foods

Whether it’s a hot bowl of oatmeal in the morning or meatloaf and mashed potatoes, everyone has a favorite comfort food. Grilled cheese sandwiches and macaroni & cheese often top the list of beloved comfort foods, although when dining out, customers don’t want to see something on your menu that they could make at home!   You should also explore ...

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