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Man on the Street: “The Robots are Coming!”

I was so thoroughly terrified the first time I saw Terminator 2. The idea that artificial intelligence could bring on a global apocalypse seemed eerily realistic. It’s been 30 years since that movie came out and I’m no longer concerned about Term...
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Delivery Logistics

Pizza Man Dan offers his opinions and insights on third-party delivery The business of pizza delivery has changed. Third-Party Delivery Services like GrubHub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash have created options for both customers and pizzeria owners. Consid...
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Portion Control: An Alternative View

I read Dan Collier’s story about food cost in the March issue of Pizza Today and enjoyed the article, but I do have a different perspective on food cost. I have met Dan a few times when we were both speakers at Pizza Expo, and really enjoyed listen...
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More Utensils, Less Sharing: The Future of Self-Service

Buffets, salad bars and even fountain beverages are adapting to safer formats Restaurants with buffets did not disappear during the COVID-19 crisis, but they did adapt. As pizzerias reopen their all-you-can-eat pizza, salad bars and free-refill fount...
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The ins and outs of today’s to-go containers

Packaging Options Pizzeria owners already know how to package pizza, but it’s a challenge to wrap up salads, appetizers and pasta to go. As operators increased their carryout and delivery options during the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to find new b...
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Mike’s Monthly Tip: Niche Catering — Pitch to the Niche

Every week in Vegas, there’s a different convention in town (Non-Covid Years). Electronic Expo, Car Dealership Expo, Builder’s Expo, etc. There are expos for every niche demo imaginable. These events are where exhibitors get to sell to their targ...
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Pushing Carryout: Windows of Opportunity

Pizzerias made infrastructure changes to push carryout, and many of these changes will remain as the pandemic recedes There was much construction during the COVID-19 pandemic. For restaurants, much of the renovation was designed to enhance their carr...
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One Pizzeria Operator’s Perspective on Permanently Going DELCO

Party of Zero, Your Table Is Ready Pizza for table four is ready. Wings for table 12 are in the window.”  These are the common sounds that were heard in the restaurant every day. Then suddenly one day in March 2020 everything as we knew it changed...
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Maximizing Outdoor Dining

Setting up Al fresco dining post-pandemic As of spring 2020, Peel Wood Fired Pizza, with two locations in Illinois and one location in Missouri, had outdoor dining available for some guests. “Two of the locations had a dining patio, but one did not...
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The Million Dollar Lesson: A Story About Portion Control

Here is a story about Dan. Dan was ready to open his first pizzeria. As part of his business plan, Dan had to plan what food to sell and how much to charge for each item. “I need to consult with an expert.” said Dan. “Where can I find the top p...
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Man on the Street: Keeping the Doors Closed

When restaurants started closing their doors back last March, all anybody could talk about was when they could reopen. More than 11 months later, we’re finally starting to get optimistic with several vaccines in distribution and stronger  governme...
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Common Kitchen Injuries and Prevention

Best practices for protecting employees from falls, burns, cuts and other harms The kitchen can be a dangerous place, and not only because the close quarters make it difficult to prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus. The fast-paced work ...
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