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Why Raising PPA is the Best Thing for Your Guests

One of my clients owns six restaurants, serving a combined million guests every year. Working together, we figured out how to raise their PPA by $1.00. That raised system-wide sales $1,000,000. And $650,000 dropped to the bottom line. Annually. My clients and I have done this time and time again. I have talked about it … Continued

Your Restaurant P&L’s Most Important Number is Missing

There is a line unaccounted for on your P&L. It is called “missed opportunity.” By sheer accident of the way our accounting system works, missed opportunity is a controllable expense your successful, independent multi-unit restaurant company does not account for. Potential revenue and profit is pouring out of your restaurants; but, in the day-to-day, week-to-week, … Continued

How Creating a Culture of Trust Benefits Top Restaurateurs

To be truly successful, owners of multi-unit independent restaurant companies must feel free to leave the office and their restaurants — either for a vacation or simply for a day for some creative brainstorming time — without worrying. They need to know that the people surrounding them can be trusted to do what is best … Continued

Does Your Independent Restaurant Company Really Have Opportunity to Grow?

Opportunity allows you to have a chance to successfully grow the multi-unit independent restaurant company you own, building your net worth and the quality of your life. When your organization is surrounded by opportunity, an element of excitement about the future permeates your organization. The best operators can see and feel it with senior management, … Continued

Why Capability is the Door Opener to Successful Restaurants

Capability is the first key factor to having a business that allows you to maximize its value, your net worth, and the quality, flexibility, and enjoyment of your life. My research shows that when you add capability to the other key factors, opportunity and strategy and surround that with an atmosphere of trust, you can … Continued

Words Smart Restaurateurs Don’t Use to Describe Their Guests

“Butts in seats”. There are a lot of things we don’t say any more. We don’t say “waitress,” we don’t say “smoking or non-smoking,” and we certainly don’t say “cash register.”  Nevertheless there are people out there who still say, “butts in seats,” as in, “All we need is more butts in seats” or, “When … Continued