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Does Your Establishment Meet OSHA Standards?

The following article is a guest post from Felicia Baratz-Savage who is a writer and graphic artist living in Indianapolis, IN. As a contributor for Cooks & Travel Books, she specializes in travel, culture and education.

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets the standards for workplace safety. Failure to meet these standards can result in steep fines, civil lawsuits, and even the closure of your business until conditions are improved. Ensuring your establishment is in compliance with OSHA’s regulations should be a top priority in the management of your business.

OSHA standards

Though the notion of a government department having the authority to shut down your restaurant may be intimidating, OSHA standards aren’t unreasonable. … Keep reading

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Ask Yourself: Can You Train Them? – Tips for Hiring Restaurant Staff

The following article is a guest post from Felicia Baratz-Savage who is a writer and graphic artist living in Indianapolis, IN. As a contributor for Cooks & Travel Books, she specializes in travel, culture and education.

Can you train someone for your open position? This is an important question that many restaurateurs ask themselves while going through any dynamic hiring process. While other questions are certainly relevant, this question can significantly impact the bottom line of your business. Waiters, short order cooks, head chefs and managers, naturally require a substantial amount of responsibility.

A Wealth of Questions

With the right recruiting software, your business can begin to narrow the field in the interview stage–and asking the right questions allows the … Keep reading

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Building Your Restaurant from the Ground Up

The following article is a guest post from Felicia Baratz-Savage who is a writer and graphic artist living in Indianapolis, IN. As a contributor for Cooks & Travel Books, she specializes in travel, culture and education.

When considering opening a restaurant, location is one of the most important variables to get right. Are people going to walk by the restaurant and pop in? If you aren’t anticipating a lot of foot traffic, what will parking look like? One of the most important items to consider is whether you want to purchase an existing space or build your restaurant from the ground up.

One of the top reasons to consider using an existing space is that it’s already built and zoned … Keep reading

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Creating the Optimal Environment with Lighting

The following article is a guest post from Felicia Baratz-Savage who is a writer and graphic artist living in Indianapolis, IN. As a contributor for Cooks & Travel Books, she specializes in travel, culture and education.

No one likes to go to a restaurant with terrible decor, bad music and awful lighting. What do all of these things make? Atmosphere. The best restaurants are the ones that have a great atmosphere. Someplace that makes us feel like we are at home, or makes us feel romantic or makes us feel fun. Atmosphere is all about emotion, and a good or bad feeling can go a long way toward making or breaking the dining experience for your customers.

As far as … Keep reading

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Starting with a Restaurant Incubator

Many would-be restaurant entrepreneurs assume that they either have to get the restaurant they want from the beginning or give up the dream altogether. But that is overlooking an important and in many ways even better option for getting into the food business- start with something smaller.

You could start with a food cart, a stall at the local farmers market or a food truck, just to name a few. These are still business options that will let you try out your menu and concept but with a lower initial investment, less risk and less commitment in the beginning- which is the best time to start smaller and not overwhelm yourself.

And in some cases you might be happy not … Keep reading

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Creating an Optimal and Healthy Atmosphere

The following article is a guest post from Felicia Baratz-Savage who is a writer and graphic artist living in Indianapolis, IN. As a contributor for Cooks & Travel Books, she specializes in travel, culture and education.

When it comes to dining in restaurants, food quality is important, but the experience can’t be ignored. Patrons may be looking for a good meal, but they may be out celebrating a special occasion or spending time with friends and family. But whatever the case, they want to be at ease.

A lack of cleanliness can quickly unravel the experience for customers, causing them to feel cautious about the quality of food they’re eating and distracting from what should be a pleasant time. Restaurateurs … Keep reading

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Energize your eatery with live music

The following article is a guest post from Felicia Baratz-Savage who is a writer and graphic artist living in Indianapolis, IN. As a contributor for Cooks & Travel Books, she specializes in travel, culture and education.

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One of the best ways to add value to your establishment and bring in new customers is to book live performers to come in and play on a regular basis. Your restaurant or lounge will gain popularity and become more profitable in the long run. As you’re getting set to launch live performances, there are some things you need to know about managing musicians’ appearances.

Create a stage

If you’re going to have performers, you’ll need a stage. Consider … Keep reading

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Yes, Restaurants Can Go Paperless!

The following article is a guest post from Felicia Baratz-Savage who is a writer and graphic artist living in Indianapolis, IN. As a contributor for Cooks & Travel Books, she specializes in travel, culture and education.

As a business owner, you know how important it is to keep track of every little detail relating to your business. When it comes to owning a restaurant, this can be quite a daunting task. Not only do you have customer receipts, credit card slips and inventory to manage, but you also have more supplies than many other businesses, as well as health department records and compliance documents to track. Over the years, this adds up to quite a bit of paperwork.

One way … Keep reading

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Successful Yelp Campaign Case Study

Yelp is huge in the restaurant world. If you have good reviews you are likely to be found be new people looking to try good restaurants in your area. If you have negative reviews- watch out- sales may be headed for a slowdown.

But you aren’t just a passive observer of what happens on Yelp or any other review site for that matter- you can and should work to make it work for you. The following is a case study on how one restaurant made use of Yelp to benefit their business. If you aren’t creative you can just copy what they did or if you are open to new ideas then come up with some of your own.

Either … Keep reading

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Restaurant Coupons & Special Promotions Help Bring In Sales

The following article is a guest post from Felicia Baratz-Savage who is a writer and graphic artist living in Indianapolis, IN. As a contributor for Cooks & Travel Books,  she specializes in travel, culture and education.

Restaurants rely on a steady stream of customers coming in and ordering meals. And in today’s economy, with more people being frugal and cutting back on entertainment expenses, restaurants are looking for ways to attract diners.

Some restaurants are trying new approaches to bring hungry customers through the front door by offering coupons and discounts on meals. Whether you’re offering a percentage off on a customer’s meal, or offering special promotions for new signature meals, you must be savvy in your advertising approach to … Keep reading

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