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Keep an eye out for Senate Bill 850!

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A CA senator has proposed strict rules on employee’s schedules. The new bill states that employee schedules must be posted seven days in advance of the shift. Also, the schedule must be made for a minimum of 21 days. Any changes within seven days would require a“modification” pay of $50 per day. The penalty for failing to comply can be as high as $4,000. Why? Senator Leyva from Chino, CA, is convinced a person would struggle to pay their bills when they don’t know when they are working. The University of California at Berkeley is backing up such legislation reporting…

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Bringing in the Big Guns to a Small Western Town

A tailored and thorough recruiting process leads to top talent acquisition Will all of the restaurants out there waging the war for talent, how do you attract top-shelf management and culinary talent to a tiny market? Sell the lifestyle, not just a list of job duties. This was the strategy developed to hire a General…

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Restaurant career tips

Restaurant Career Advice

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve received from a restaurant manager or boss? “When it comes to managing people, always be sure you’ve done your best to provide all the knowledge, tools and opportunity for the team to do their job.  If you can’t definitively say that you have, then the blame for…

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Restaurant peak hours

Run a Well-Oiled Machine During Peak Hours

It’s peak time at your restaurant. Your employees look frazzled and tired. Waiting guests appear annoyed with their arms crossed while glancing at their phones. The line doesn’t seem to let up, and the condiments counter looks like its been hit by a tornado. Your third party delivery drivers are queuing with the rest of…

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Synergy's Top Money-Saving Tips

Synergy Top Money-Saving Tips

“Jigger all bar drinks to stop over-pouring and ensure that drinks are consistent. If you don’t like jiggers, then make sure to use speed pourers and pour test all the bartenders on a regular basis.” Mike Walls, Operations & Beverages “Teach your back-of-house staff how to properly utilize available portion tools to reduce food waste…

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Playing the $3 Game

Need to increase restaurant sales quickly but not sure where to start? Focus on small wins for big gains. When single-unit operators contact us for help, most often they’re concerned about sales and operating costs, or both. With rising wages and increased competition — not to mention hefty third-party delivery fees — operators know they…

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The Importance of Margins over Food Costs

The bottom line is top-of-mind for all restaurant owners in an industry where margins are very slim. Naturally, operators are seeking ways to reduce costs. The importance and logic behind this is sound. However,  we want to dispel the notion that keeping food costs as low as possible alone, is the key to running a…

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