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Top pros offer no-cost bartender training tool

Source: Bob Krummert

Skeptical by nature, we keep looking for the catch with DrinkSkool.com. The site hosts a new spirits and cocktail education service designed to turn Ordinary Joes into knowledgeable mixologists in just 10 lessons. The profs are beverage industry superstars who seemingly have little to gain from an online gig where students pay nothing for the in-depth education they receive.

Technomic: Mixed economic view could dampen spending

Recent economic indicators give a mixed picture of how robustly the U.S. is recovering from the Great Recession.

Would you eat in a restaurant with a dirty bathroom?

Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY   Some scathing social-media reviews and postings are forcing restaurants to pay more attention to the cleanliness of their restrooms. The most personal — and most telling — moment that a customer experiences in a restaurant isn't typically at the table. It's in the restroom.

10 start-up tips for restaurant operators

By Michael Adams   A lot of people dream of starting their own restaurant. Whether it's a bakery, bar, or burger joint, the same principles apply: You want to build a popular restaurant with a loyal following.

7 low-cost ways to manage social media

Social media management provides a number of challenges to the restaurant owner, not the least of which is trying to stay on top of multiple platforms.

Menu Engineering: Redesign your Menu to Increase Profits 15% or More

Source: Menu Cover Depot  How would you like to keep your marketing budget flat while increasing your restaurant’s profits by 15% or more?  You can achieve this feat through the science / art of menu engineering, which is essentially the practice of designing your menu with the goal of making it more profitable.  The practice does not require a degree in graphic design or mathematics, and a layperson can easily grasp the concepts involved.

Menu Engineering: Redesign you Menu to Increase Profits 15% or More

Source: Gregg Rapp  How would you like to keep your marketing budget flat while increasing your restaurant’s profits by 15% or more?  You can achieve this feat through the science / art of menu engineering, which is essentially the practice of designing your menu with the goal of making it more profitable.  The practice does not require a degree in graphic design or mathematics, and a layperson can easily grasp the concepts involved.

Health care law's employer penalties, reporting delayed until 2015

In a major victory for employers who have been struggling to understand and figure out how to implement the 2010 health care law, the Treasury Department announced July 2 that it has delayed by a year the law's mandate that requires "large employers" to report to the IRS whether they offered their full-time employees and their dependents health care coverage in 2014.
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