The impact of increasing labour costs

By Geoff Wilson and Andrew Waddington, fsSTRATEGY Inc. There is no question that profit margins in restaurants are sensitive to changes in labour cost. As a prime cost, labour cost comprises nearly one-third of revenue; second only to (in fact, sometimes greater than) cost of goods sold. The degree to which a restaurant may shoulder […]

How menu engineering can boost your bottom line

By Jeff Dover and Andrew Waddington If you could increase your restaurant’s operating margins by up to 20 per cent without significantly raising prices (and maybe even lowering prices for some items), would you? Most operators would answer with a resounding “yes.” You and your culinary team spend a great deal of time and effort […]