Category Business Advice

Death By Regulars

Some thoughts on longevity for independent restaurants: Everyone knows how hard longevity is in the restaurant industry; most of us understand that the statistical average life of a restaurant is unnaturally short due to the number of restaurants that fold in their first few years.  The ones that make it past four or five years […]

Cooking School 101

There has always been some tension between culinary grads and those who have learned solely from chefs in the field.  I have worked side by side with cooks and chefs from both sides and I do believe there are benefits to some good professional instruction.  I also believe professional instruction is not necessary in order […]

Falling In Love With Your Own Ideas

The worst thing you can do in business is to fall in love with your own ideas.  This is an issue for all of us who are self-employed, but it’s especially common in the restaurant business.  It has happened to me more than once.  Often it has led me down a road of narrowing options.  […]