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Handling Disruptive Children

I’m buying an existing dine-in pizza parlor. My challenge is diplomatically dealing with loud and out of control kids — without offending the parents and making a touchy situation worse- trying to keep all the customers happy. It’s ...
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Handling Power Outages

It was a Friday night in late August, and an unexpected thunderstorm came and went rather suddenly. The damage was modest, but it knocked out power to much of the area in which I live. It was dinner time and my hungry toddler, like most little ones, ...
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Salad Bar Safety Tips

• Start in the back of the house by washing fruits and vegetables, using designated cutting utensils and wearing gloves. • Keep cold foods at 41 F or below; hot foods at 140 F or above. Be sure your equipment can hold these temperatures ove...
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Curbside Service

Sometimes, I just shake my head in amazement at the “customer service” I receive. Thankfully, I rarely receive poor service in a pizzeria. In fact, I visited both ends of the customer service spectrum this week — and the pizza shop ...
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Server Approach to Children

Your servers may hate it when a table comes in with four kids in tow — but big families mean big money, both for the restaurant and the server. A waiter who knows how to work the kids is a waiter who goes home with a bigger tip from mom and dad...
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2012 August: Frequent Diners

Here are some tips for setting up your own frequent-diner program: • Train your employees about the importance of your frequent diner program. Offer incentives to employees who sign up the most customers. Also train them to remind the customer t...
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2012 July: Using Secret Shoppers

If you plan to utilize secret shoppers, be sure they answer the following questions: • Were you greeted with a friendly smile when entering the pizzeria? • Was the restaurant clean? • How long did it take for the food to be served? &bu...
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Exposed

Exposed ceilings present pros and cons for operators In his new hip restaurant where seasonal artisanal pizzas are delivered from a wood-burning oven, Mike Isabella wanted just one thing: exposure. Isabella, who appeared on season six of Bravo’s â€...
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Al Fresco

Patio service requires right employees, finesse Patio dining. Some restaurant operators say their business wouldn’t be the same without it. Barbara Reeve, general manager for the Tivoli Restaurant in New Milford, Connecticut, is one of them. The th...
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Man on the Street: New pizzeria wish list

The wait is finally over. It has been nearly four months since I first noticed construction two blocks from my apartment in a relatively quiet Brooklyn neighborhood. It’s not that we don’t have pizza nearby — there are at least two slice shops ...
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Showtime

Performance kitchens put staff center stage   For Brixx, a southeastern-U.S.-based chain of brick-oven restaurants, having a performance kitchen was just a natural extension of the restaurant’s branding strategy. “Making the pizza in...
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Operating a Bar: Serious Business

Dram shop laws, underage drinking, over serving, altercation risk, staffing and training: operating a bar within a pizzeria can be a mess of liability. But managed effectively, a bar can enhance your pizzeria and drive traffic with not only alcohol s...
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