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New York's landmark pizzerias

As I made travel arrangements for another trip into New York to continue my research on the top 10 landmark pizzerias, the memory of zero-degree weather and Old Man Winter’s cruel joke on a poor Southern boy still lingered in the back of my mind… actually it shivered down my … More

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Don't let cheese squeeze you dry

Don’t Let Cheese Squeeze You Dry Last spring, in Madison, Wisconsin, I presented a little seminar to about 30 pizzeria owners. They were the guests of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.   We had the opportunity to really learn everything about mozzarella and Italian style cheeses in four full days of … More

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Liquor liability and you

Thousands of lawsuits are filed every year involving the sale,  serving or distribution of alcohol. Every year some of those lawsuits are successful  and someone pays the price – big time. The lawsuits are usually not brought by the person drinking the alcohol, but usually by someone who wasn’t even … More

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Your top 100

When asked, most pizza operators believe they are in the “pizza business.” Emphasis is placed on consistently creating the finest pizza, delivering the best service and keeping a clean restaurant. Most operators can tell you more about the price of cheese or their current food cost than they can about … More

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Information security

Owning and operating a franchise food business provides the opportunity for both personal satisfaction and financial success.  While many owners experience great benefits, the challenges to effective operations are making such benefits harder to obtain. California Civil Code section 1798.82 requires that businesses notify residents if a breach involves a … More

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Pre-employment testing…should you or shouldn't you?

There’s a lot of talk about testing job applicants before you hire them, but is it really all that easy, effective, and necessary? Most hiring managers or owners rely on the application or resume, job interview, and references in selecting the best people for the job openings they have.  However, … More

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Houston…we have a champion

In case you haven’t heard the news, Michael Shepherd, owner of Michael Angelo’s Pizza in Kenton, Ohio, won the gold medal for the largest dough stretch this year in Italy. This was Michael’s third time on the team. He and I talked recently about his trip to the top. Getting … More

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From the horse's mouth

Everyone does business a different way. In this new department, PMQ will pose two to three questions each issue to a group of owners/operators from across the country so you can see what others think about certain topics. In this department, you get the word straight from the horse’s mouth. … More

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Ask Joey

Well here they are, the repercussions. We had such a nice run of commodity-based pricing, it was inevitable that some rising prices would eventually hit. Many of us reap the rewards during low market conditions without consideration that they will go up. After March, we feel as if they have … More

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PMQ's idea forum

CLASSIC Strategy #92 Map your Success Aren’t you glad that your police and fire departments use maps? In an emergency, maps help them find you faster. If you’re using one, your customers are glad that you also have a reliable map system. How else can you ensure that they’re pizzas … More

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Reasonable compensation

Due to our being consultants to the restaurant industry, we are frequently challenged to consider more than overview suggestions about the businesses our clients operate. In some instances, we challenge our clients to consider the risks of being too aggressive in their tax minimization strategy. For example, where our clients … More