Guest Blog: Negotiating the Best Lease for Your Restaurant or Bar

Do you want to save money and improve the value of your restaurant? If you’re leasing or renewing a lease, or at the beginning stages of opening a restaurant, bar, brewpub or other retail establishment, this article can help you. I have had eight page leases and two hundred page leases in my career. It is imperative that you negotiate the best deal you can. When you decide to sell, what you ...

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Reviews and Your Restaurant: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Whether you consider it to be a good or bad thing, the food retail world is controlled by the consumer, and your restaurant is just living in it. If your customer has a bad experience and chooses to tell others about it, your operation could be in trouble. Word of mouth is extremely important for the perception of your restaurant, so it’s crucial to know how to handle reviews of ...

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Erwin: A Show Stopping Addition to Our Rustic Industrial Collection of Restaurant Seating

Trying to choose between the warmth of wood seating and the commercial durability of metal?  If so, you no longer have to make that choice.  The newest member of our rustic-industrial seating collection, the Erwin, offers both.  Distressed oak and black powder coated steel come together for a balanced look that enables both to shine. The Erwin is designed with a cross back that provides both support and structural strength, while ...

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OSHA 101 for Restaurants

Last month, we were at the Pennsylvania Foodservice Expo in Pittsburgh, PA, and had the pleasure of attending a seminar given by Thomas Barnowski, Director of Corporate and Public Safety Education at Northampton Community College.  The seminar, called You Can’t Afford to Ignore OSHA, was a great hour-long introduction to OSHA, and the safety rules and regulations that govern general industry. While Mr. Barnowski’s presentation was not specific to restaurants, one ...

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