Loving the spirited ‘café quality’ discussion prompted by Penny Flanagan and Sam Mannering this last week on stuff.co.nz. Flanagan calls for New Zealand café’s to generally ‘do so much better’ critiquing diverse elements of her experience from wobbly tables to the, ‘order at the counter and take a number on a stick’ service model. These [...]
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Southern pride is a thing … Speights may have inflated the “good on ya mate” character and humour of Central, but the understated warmth and humour captured by the Speights campaign still connects. Right here, in the Public Bar at the Ranfurly Hotel I can’t help but smile. There’s a large sign in black print [...]
She may love your Ensalada de Salmon but is she telling others? You know business in the 21st Century is relationally driven – it’s all about who wants to be in a relationship with your business and who is prepared to shout it out. You know having LOTS of customers who actively promote your business [...]
Let’s not hide behind the perceived glamour, hospitality is a margin challenged industry; debt, rent, cost of goods, wage increases, and talent shortages – it’s a daily battle. The sheer number of cafés and restaurants exhausts the pool of people available for an industry that is physically and socially demanding. And, you need a team [...]
Toyota New Zealand - a case study in excellence All over New Zealand, restaurants, bars and cafés are haemorrhaging money through their cost of goods. The haemorrhage is happening for only a few reasons: It’s not a sexy area of focus (unless you believe actual results are sexy) Turn-over may be great - especially in [...]
Ok, so your turn-over is not bad, maybe even good, but you’re still not making good money? A successful hospitality business is more than a shop that sells food and beverage. The decision to open a hospitality business is very exciting; especially when you’re creative and talented. You come up with a great idea, you [...]
Open Book Management (OBM) is about sharing business information with employees. It’s about creating a connection through a sense of ownership and responsibility from everyone on your team. For 20 years now, I’ve been highlighting the importance of OBM. For most of my clients it’s a challenging idea, because: They never experienced OBM in their [...]
‘Equity’ refers to the value of your business and acts as a key value metric for your business. As the Industry faces employee shortages, it’s important to measure and improve your ‘employee equity.’ Two strong indicators of excellent ‘employee equity’ are low turnover and high productivity. The best hospitality businesses have low employee turnover rates [...]
If you have been following my blogs over recent weeks, you will know that I’m a bit fired up. It’s all very well reading about best practice, studying theory and seeing the disconnect between the ideal and what is experienced, but to experience best practice first-hand in a sustained and powerful fashion is a different [...]
To become and remain an ‘institution’ since 1994, in a market as competitive as New York, means that Gramercy Tavern must have ‘something’ special. The challenge is to remain a New York institution. Gramercy Tavern must ‘re-present’ every day to taste-buds, the moodiest of the senses, and irrespective of culture-vulture pedigree or lack of foodie-sophistication, [...]