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What happened to the unspoken dress code when going out to an upscale restaurant?

DRESS CODEIt seems that a couple of decades ago and more, when you planned an evening out at a restaurant that you would dress appropriately for it. Some nice pants and a shirt, and if it was a little more upscale a tie and jacket. Women wore dresses and had their hair and makeup done. That seems like ages ago. It seems now as long as you have the money to spend on the dinner fare that you can dress like you’ve been stranded on a desert island in a ripped shirt and jeans, barefoot in sandals. It didn’t use to be like that. Now it’s as if as long as you have shoes and a shirt, you get service.

Back in the day eating out was more an event to look forward to dressing in your finest for. You actually looked forward to getting a little dressed up and looking your best when you went out. Now basically it seems that as long as you can pay, wear whatever you please. It seems that ambiance in a restaurant means nothing to most if they even happen to notice it in the first place.

Men would even shave their 5 o’clock shadow before heading out for the evening. Now you can go out and sport a manly looking beard almost Survivor style. Facial hair on gentlemen seems to be making a comeback of sorts. More or less it’s probably easier to not have to shave and to go with the beard tidal wave and surf along with the rest of the groups. There are even ways where you can get an even thicker beard to show off on your nights out. It’s the in thing supposedly.

Really it would be nice to go back to the days where everyone was dressed their best on a weekend date night or night on the town with the guys. Dress appropriately for the restaurant you’ll be attending that evening. Not like you’re a movie star that has been filming a role in which you’ve been stranded on a desert island with nothing to do but grow a beard and catch a pretty decent tan. Beards are in as a lot of stars have been sporting them lately for roles that they are preparing for.

It seems to be catching on. Low key is the “in” key. Next time you are out at an upscale restaurant take a look at what people are wearing and if by chance they do have a beard if it is kept in a trimmed fashioned no matter how long it is. Dressing appropriately for the restaurant you are attending will make its way back eventually as all trends do. It’s one to be seen hopefully sooner than later as it used to be something to be proud of. Not that you can pay the bill, but that you can look pretty darn good while paying it. The restaurant has a name, if you are to attend it, respect its ambiance and offerings by your attire. It’s time to go back old school.


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Keep Your Restaurant Secure With A State Of The Art Security

person looks out of corner. 3D imageYour restaurant is busy with people coming in and out all day. Imagine a Friday night where the prime rib is selling out within minutes, the baked potatoes hardly have time to cool before eaten and dessert just can’t be made fast enough. There are reservations until the closing hour. Families and couples line the doorway, waiting for their chance to enjoy your food and atmosphere. There are employees as well, coming in and out of the back rooms and staff entrances at all hours. Although it’s hard to think about, there is always a chance that someone in your restaurant at any given time could be checking out your establishment for a possible theft.

 Most restaurants have security cameras but often times the camera is too far away or of mediocre quality in the event that a suspect needs to be observed closely. There is no need to ruin a great sales week with the troubles of a lacking security system, and that includes your security deposit box, camera and safe as well.

 Why not prevent the burglary all together by stepping up your safe’s security? Many safes are old, outdated and easily compromised. Often times the safes have been left from previous restaurant management and although the pass code may have been changed, it is possible that the old staff or management knows how to reset the pass code by now.

 Upgrading your safe is inexpensive and and a worthy investment in your restaurant’s security. Depending on the size and volume of your restaurant, your need for a safe will differ. Depository safes for money drops can cost anywhere from $300-$800, depending on your needs. There are small drop safes available as well as double door safes for those with a larger amount of monetary traffic. Keep in mind it’s also wise to do a bank deposit at least once a day if you can. The less money in-house, the better.

 If you’ve got firearms you’d like to keep secure, there is a Winchester Safes eVault Pistol Safe that may be perfect for your needs. It’s an affordable, well-constructed gun safe and has a fingerprint identification as the key pass code so there will no one getting into that box who isn’t supposed to.

 As far as new cameras are concerned, the market is saturated with many options but you would be looking for one that is a more current model, not outdated and clunky like the old styles. The old models are easily spotted by thieves and many are skilled in the art of dismantling or blocking the camera lens when they make their move. The best kinds of surveillance cameras are those that can be discreetly placed from a vantage point where they would capture the image of the person with clear detail when needed. HD surveillance cameras are readily available for moderate pricing these days, as everything seems to be HD in today’s market.

 When we are busy with our Saturday night fajitas and margaritas, followed by a birthday party for an 80 year-old grandmother and her family, there is no time to worry about who may be lurking outside. Safety and security are of utmost importance in our industry especially. Get your systems updated and install peace of mind into your place of work. That way from the office to the table, you know your assets are covered and you can go on enjoying the success of your establishment.



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Why You Should Put an Elliptical Trainer In Your Staff Room

EMPLOYEE FITNESSEvery restaurant knows its staff is rushed off their feet all day, every day. You need a team who can keep up with the rugged demand of waiting tables, and what better way to encourage them to keep fit than to put an elliptical trainer in the staff room? Even better, for the office manager who spends all day at the desk, a quick work-out on the elliptical trainer can be a great way to burn off those extra pounds. Exercise is a great way to release endorphins, so if you want to stay smiling all day, then you should do a couple of sprints on the trainer every few hours.

The Sole Elliptical E25 Fitness Machine is a great piece of equipment to get your staff in fit-form. It’s simple, straight-forward and easy to use. You can easily change the resistance and inclination levels, so your staff can practice at challenging themselves. It comes with an easy to read blue LCD display for that added comfort, and even has an in-build sound system so you can blast out those tunes to get into the zone.

For those who aren’t fitness-conscious, it comes with ten different programmes to choose from. It will tell you what to do and you simply get on and do it. It’s as simple as that. This is a great beginner’s training piece, and is definitely the go-to product for starting your own company gym. Once you’ve invested in this, it’s not a wild thought to expand and move into other types of fitness machines. And staff always appreciate the little freebies thrown their way. They may not be able to afford a gym membership or their own personal trainers, so this is a great way to give something back to them and be the boss of the year.

The Sole E25 is space-conscious, too, so you don’t need to worry about it getting in the way of everything else. Just stick it in a corner and away it goes. Not only that, but its sleek, elegant design looks professional, too. If you’re looking for a way to encourage your staff to stay fit, then this is the machine for you.

You can pick up this model for around a thousand dollars, which might sound pricey, but it comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame, three years on parts and a year on labor, which is way more than the competition. Not only that, but for the price and what you get, it’s a steal. If you’re looking to motivate your staff, or even if you want to keep yourself on your toes while sitting in the office all day, then there’s not better machine than the Sole E25. A great product for beginners, with the ability to advance throughout its programmes. Test yourself and test your staff on this and you won’t regret it.

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Restaurant Owners Need to Protect Their Family Too!

Many restaurant owners have family, such as a wife and children, to worry about after they are gone. Running a restaurant can be very stressful on your body and your heart. Stress is one of the main factors in heart disease besides weight. So where would your family go if something were to happen to you? Would the restaurant stay open? Would they be able to supplement the income you generated without you here? These are questions we must ask ourselves. Answering these questions can be very simple. By purchasing a Family Income Benefits Insurance policy you can guarantee that they will be able to survive for a while till they get back on their feet. You can enquire here to find out more about this policy and its features.

Many families in the restaurant business are scraping by from day to day or week to week. It’s very hard to know that without you your family could lose everything you worked so hard for. Restaurant owners measure the profitability of their businessLIFE INSURANCE by how much traffic they bring in every day. This determines who gets paid and when they get paid. Employees are paid weekly, food distributors are paid weekly, but sometimes you have monthly bills that get passed by till you can pay them. This is not a proper strategy for handling bills but sometimes it’s the only way. With the restaurant business there is a lot of overhead and if you were to pass on would your wife, or grown children be able to handle the finances or continue to build the restaurant? Would they even want too? Some kids hate the restaurant business when they grow up in it, and some wife’s find it daunting to continue without you. So making sure they have money to survive on until they decide what to do is important online task management.

When it comes to making the right decisions about insurance and your business after your gone its best to get assistance for advice. There are brokers that can help you with determining the best possible outcome and making it affordable for you and your family. You can discuss with your children and wife if they would like to keep the business after you’re gone or would they like to liquidate it? This is a decision you should decide on while you’re still here that way everyone is on the same page. Once the main bread winner has passed on many times the family begins to argue over who does what and so it’s best to decide these terms early on while still here and set a will to designate who gets what and who is allowed to do what with the insurance and the restaurant. If your children are too young to help sometimes it’s best to appoint someone that is trusted to help your wife with the daily running of the business, but never leave finances solely in the hands of someone outside the family that could take their money and run. It has happened many times and is very hard to bounce back from.

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How loud can restaurant kitchens be for noise-sensitive people?

SPECIAL NEEDSIf you have ever worked in a restaurant then you know that when it’s busy the kitchen is very loud. Between the banging of pots and pans, the noise of the cooks yelling orders and the hustle and bustle of the wait staff coming in asking for their entrees’, there is no shortage on noise. Many people are busy in a kitchen and the busier the restaurant the busier the kitchen. Noise can be very disturbing for some people especially special needs people. Disabled children and adults can be very sensitive to noise which makes them uncomfortable in a noisy environment. One way to combat noise in a busy restaurant is to have sound proof walls for the kitchen so that the noise doesn’t travel to the dining area. This will prevent the noise from bothering the customers that are dining in the restaurant. This doesn’t work though if the noise is bothersome to an employee in the kitchen. For this type of situation you would need the best ear plugs to drown out the noise. But this would only work if they are not needing to hear any instructions from a co-worker. Some other options would be to have employees that are sensitive to noise working in the front of the restaurant instead of the kitchen.

There are many jobs that you can do in a restaurant that would be perfect for someone that is noise sensitive. One job that would be good is a bathroom attendant in a high end restaurant. This type of position is more acceptable since the noise is completely drowned out since the bathroom is usually the quietest area in a restaurant. If you’re in a smaller restaurant then a noise sensitive person would be suitable for the greeter position. This position is in the front of the restaurant by the door and involves greeting the customer and seating them at a table. It’s very rarely as noisy as a kitchen but does have some noise level since it is around the tables and customers. Even though the greeter is at the front of the restaurant and around the customers the noise level isn’t quite as loud as it is in the kitchen, it’s more of a low mummer. This too can be aggravating to some noise sensitive people but more acceptable than the loudness of the kitchen clatter.

Whatever position you do in a restaurant you should always be respectful of other employees that work with you. In every job there is going to be someone that is slightly different than you are and you never know if there difference is due to a disability or a noise sensitivity. It’s a very common thing to have noise sensitivity, lots of people have this issue, but by looking at them you would never know without them telling you. Not everyone who has a disability such as noise sensitivity is unable to work they just need special accommodations so they feel comfortable in there working environment. People with noise sensitivity and disabilities can live a productive live with special accommodations and restaurant work is something that can provide them with training for their future.




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Hospitality can make or break a restaurant. Word of mouth spreads like wildfire.

'...and don't ever unlock the left door!...'In the restaurant world, know, that even when they are most definitely wrong, the customer is always right. Not only that, but you’ve got to show them and treat them with top of the line hospitality that is on point and make them feel like the most special people around because they are. They are your customers, and you want them coming back and spreading the word that “Such and Such restaurant is the best place for a nice dinner this side of town.” Word spreads like wildfire and that’s the kind of word you want spread about you and your establishment. So treat them like family. Wait, maybe that’s not the best thing. Treat them like your oldest and closest friend that you haven’t seen in forever and show them that they sure know where to go when they think of your place.

Stop by their tables while they are eating and inquire how their meal is, if there’s anything you can get them and if they are enjoying themselves. Sometimes they’ll talk a moment or give you a business card or the new “friend” card with their name and a website that says their hobbies or maybe even where they work or go to school. For instance their name and site maybe, like Now you give them a card too and yours even offers a drink discount or 2 for 1 special appetizer and you leave feeling good that your customers are feeling good. Guess what? That’s good!

They’ll be out with friends and family and go through their wallet for one thing or another, well, if it’s their wallet it’s probably cash. Then they see your card and the next thing you know they are talking about you and the experience they had at your restaurant and that you even get a special for the next time you return, so why not go with your group right now and you can see how good of a place it is.

They return, experience the same great food and hospitality and the next thing you know, you’ve started a network. They tell their family and friends, and they tell theirs and so on and pretty soon your restaurant name is being spread throughout town as smooth as creamy peanut butter on a piece of bread their explanation. All because you took the time to show a little bit of old fashioned hospitality. Make sure you are sincere too, restaurant goers, especially people who eat out frequently can see right through an act. You love your restaurant, you love what you do, so show that you do and don’t act. Let it come from within. True hospitality.

Now as quick as this example brought people to your establishment, poor hospitality can spread even faster and keep your restaurant empty, so you want to be on your best behavior and offer only the best food, service, and hospitality you can offer.

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Some key steps to building a restaurant

BUILDING A RESTAURANTBuilding a restaurant involves a lot of building supplies and construction workers. Even if you’re not building from the ground up you still have to redesign the building that your restaurant will be housed in. This involves getting permits from the city for construction and remodeling of the building grounds. You sometimes even have to reformate the parking lot, especially if the tar hasn’t been updated in years. There are many different things that go into opening a restaurant and lots of costs associated with it. Before you can even think about adding equipment to the kitchen and dining area you are going to need electric work, plumbing work, and walls and flooring.

Electrical work can be as simple as checking the wiring in an older building to make sure it’s up to code or reinstalling all the wires throughout the whole restaurant. Sometimes you need to add new outlets where no outlets are at. Sometimes you need to run fiber optics for internet and cable. Surround sound is something that will need to be installed by an electrician as well. Electricians can get very pricey so make sure you have budgeted enough into the budget to pay for any electrical complications.

Plumbing is another thing that can get pretty pricey, especially if the original building had no sinks or bathrooms. These are all things that you should consider when looking at locations for your business. If you have to install sinks and toilet areas then you’re looking at taking a big chunk out of your budget. But this can be managed as long as you get the right plumber and one that is affordable.

Once all the electrical and plumbing is up to code you can start with walls and floors. This is something you can get a general contractor or sub-contractor to work on for you. Word of mouth is the best way to find a good sub-contractor or contractor. Not all the ads in the phone book or newspaper are for reputable companies. The better business bureau can help you to decide on who is a great fit for your job.

Flooring is something that every restaurant needs and the prettier it is the more attractive your restaurant will look. Hard wood is a very good option for the dining area, once installed you will need to sand it down to prime it for paint. Googling floor sanding in Balham can help you locate a local floor sander that will be able to work on your project. Once the floors are thoroughly sanded they are ready for some varnish. You can choose any color combination for this. Darker colors make the room seam darker and lighter colors add a light and airy feeling to the room.

Determining what color to paint the walls is something that should be considered carefully. The color of your walls should coordinate with the varnish you applied to your floors. If you go with a darker varnish you should use a medium tone on your walls to help with the ambiance of the room. Using a light or pale color for the walls will brighten the space and make it feel inviting. Hiring an interior designer will help you to coordinate the walls and floors with the furniture that you have picked for your restaurant.

These are some of the things that will be necessary to do before you start filling your restaurant space with furniture and equipment. Decorators and organizers can help you organize your kitchen and dining space. This will make your dream restaurant come alive.

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How to start a Southern Pit BBQ restaurant


Southern Pit BBQ is one of the best ways to get a taste of the south project task management. Every Southern state has their go to BBQ restaurant. Some of them use open pits and some of them use electric smokers. For the best electric smokers check the electric smoker guide and find what is best for you.

Building a Southern Pit BBQ restaurant will take some research. You will want to visit ones that have high rankings among customers to get a feel for the appropriate atmosphere. This can easily be done by searching for the most popular ones in your general area and then taking in the atmosphere and design themes and making something all your own.

Most Southern Pit BBQ restaurants have a theme. Such as route 66 or old cars. Some are table service, while others are counter service. You just have to decide how you want to set up your theme. Making your restaurant theme warm, friendly, and inviting is what will draw the customers in. Give them something to look at. But the food is the real trick to getting them to stay. It must be moist and delicious. Make sure that the meat is cooked to the right temperature and the sides are delicious. Having your own BBQ sauce recipe is always a good start. Some restaurants invent their own sauce while others use an already made store bought sauce. Whichever you choose is fine, but the custom made sauces tend to attract more customers for the unique flavor that you can’t get anywhere else.

Having the right equipment is essential to running a Southern Pit BBQ restaurant. One thing you will need is a smoker. You can locate the top rated smokers online and make an informed decision based on price and quality. Whatever style you choose is up to you, but make sure you get something with an affordable price range and the ability to handle the heavy work load. Another piece of equipment would be the open fire pit in the back for the grilled meats. This can be custom built by someone who specializes in open pits. Some restaurants put their pits right in plain sight so the whole restaurant can see what’s cooking and some of them put them in the back so you can’t see. It’s up to you how you want to lay out your restaurant. Deep fryers for fries and a stove for cooking sides is also a must. Making informed decisions on your equipment will save you money in the long run. So do your research and always consult other BBQ restaurant owners for what they find to be the best equipment. Remember they have been in the business much longer than you have and they have had their trials and errors so they are well versed in what’s good and what’s not.

Most important thing is to trust in your instincts to produce an award winning BBQ. As long as you have faith in your abilities to make a delicious BBQ then others will have faith in trying out your restaurant. Building a restaurant comes from the heart and without love thrown into every meal it can make or break you.

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For people who carry knives in the restaurant kitchen and beyond, there are ESEE knives.

ESEE KNIFEPeople in the world of survival training, and all around outdoor life, carry a knife with them at all times. Just like some chefs do. You never know when they might be handy and what all they can do. It’s just nice to know it’s there if you need it. Hey, you never know on that camping trip you’ve waited all year to go on when you’re going to have to filet that beautiful rainbow trout you caught. It doesn’t matter when, because you’re already prepared. You’re carrying an ESEE knife.

The knives can be used to carry on a multitude of tasks from wilderness life, survival training, and to general camp work. Also, as aforementioned, they can filet a fish with ease. Knives like these aren’t your papa’s Swiss Army knife. These have blades to fulfill just about any duty.

When purchasing a knife as such there are things you want to take into consideration such as blade length and even its width. Also something to take into consideration is the weight and if you’re looking for something that is more compact for lightweight duty. You’ll want to know if you want part of the knife to have serrated edges as well too which can be handy around the campsite as well as a restaurant.

You want to find a knife that has a good grip and is comfortable to hold. It needs to fit in your hand in a way that you can keep control of it at all times so there are no accidents. Remember, knives are not a toy and are to be taken seriously task manager app. In the kitchen, and at the campfire, wherever you need it you want to have the best and it seems like the ESEE knives are at the top of the list and also they are extremely customizable from blade to handle. You can adjust it to what your needs for the knife will be. Some are better for chopping and heavier tasks, and some are for more delicate tasks such as slicing and more handiwork that takes a more gentle hand for the task at hand. Whether it is at the restaurant or by a campfire, there’s a knife for you.

There are small and lightweight knives that are easy and good for everyday uses that a bigger knife might not be as handy for the use it is intended for. For instance such as cutting, slicing closed and thin, prying that needs to be done and other tasks that keep it simple in a smaller knife.RESTAURANT KNIVES

ESEE knives come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing is the same for each knife that bears the name and that is the highest quality you can find for a knife to add to your projects and equipment. The blades are top of the line and not one knife comes out unless it meets stringent regulations. They don’t want you to settle for second best. They want you to get what you’re paying for. Your laying down money on a knife that has been tailor made for what you need it for, so go for it and get what not just you need, but what you want too.

Picking out the knife will be a task as they all have things they are good at. You just need to narrow your list of wants and needs down until you wind up with the one that is going to be by your side for many tasks at hand that you will be using it for. Whether it’s a delicate task or a heavy duty task, a kitchen task or an everyday use task it’s good to have it near. Whether it’s to have at home, in a restaurant kitchen, or by your side at a campfire, a good knife is an accessory that should be carried nearby for use when you need it.