RESOURCES FOR
RESTAURANT OWNERS

We vetted these best-in-class tools, resources and vendors so you don’t have to!

RESOURCES FOR
RESTAURANT OWNERS

We vetted these best-in-class
tools, resources and vendors
so you don’t have to!

*Disclosure: As The Restaurant Boss, I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed here are my own. This page may contain affiliate links that add no additional cost to you; however, I may earn a small commission. Read full privacy policy here.

If you want to catapult your restaurant to the next level, this is ground zero. I’ve been in your shoes – as a chef, as a restaurant owner, as a family man. Let my years in the trenches guide you through the landmines so you don’t make the same mistakes every other restaurant owner does. 

The Restaurant Concept Development Workshop

You might already be operating a restaurant or you might be thinking about opening one up in the near future, either way you are in the right spot if you need help clarifying your vision for your restaurant. Our start-to-finish workbook will guide you through developing your concept, selecting the right location, and planning everything through opening week! This workbook is POWERFUL and will help you avoid making the most common mistakes we see with our clients, but also simple enough to get through quickly.


COVID Safety Reopening

As restaurants close, reopen, adjust capacity, we wanted to provide you with a tiny step you can take that will go a long way in helping your guests feel comfortable when they dine in-house with you again. My team has created a free download for you: in-store signs and social images that you can use to show your guests how much you care about them and the steps you are taking to ensure their safety.

Case Study: 10.3% Increase in Profit in One Week

You’re leaving money on the table every time a guest walks through your doors when you don’t have a great plan in place for maximizing profits. This is why I want to teach you my straightforward method for maximizing profits— it’s often one of the first things I will do with a client when they want to increase sales and profits. Download this free case study to see exactly how I did this with one of my clients.

19 Point Restaurant Audit Checklist

Most restaurants don’t fail because they are underfunded.
Most restaurants fail because their concept sets them up for failure! If your concept does NOT PASS this 19-Point Concept Checklist, you might be setting yourself up for failure instead of the success you deserve. Download your free copy and see if your restaurant passes the test.

There is no shortage of options when it comes to choosing a service provider. The trick is knowing which one is the best option for you. I’ve personally vetted everyone on this page, dug into what they do so that I can report back to you with a list of outstanding vendors.

 

BACON


Simple, Fast and Easy Food, Beverage, and Labor Costing. Those words are not usually associated with figuring out the financials in your restaurant. The reality is calculating Food, Beverage, and Labor cost is a very complex process, which is why 4 years ago we set out to develop the first software tool that makes it easier. If you know you need more data to increase profits but have tried in the past or are overwhelmed by the process, please check out clickBACON.

99 Designs

Trusted Graphic Design Service. Before your potential customers even taste your food, they are already judging the quality by the looks of your logo, menu, business cards, etc. Your graphic identity is the first taste people will get of your food. If it’s dull, so will be your sales. For example, a well-designed menu encourages people to spend more money, try new things, and has been proven to satisfy them more when the food arrives. We create taste profiles and images in our mind of the food, before we even taste it. If we believe it will be great, it will taste better. The same hold trues for your entire graphic identity. Old and dull or new and fresh! If you need to freshen up your graphic identity, I highly recommend you reach out to our trusted partners at 99Designs. PLUS, they are offering you $20 off the service of your choice when you click on the button below.

Raydiant

Raydiant Digital Menu & Screen Signage. Raydiant helps you easily and seamlessly turn your TV screen into a digital menu so you can post specials, update a rotating menu, etc. Using their simple online software with hundreds of templates and a stick that looks like a Fire Stick, you can instantly connect any TV to your computer and create your digital data instantly. To save $70 off their standard pricing, click the button below.


 

Dash

Aggregate all of your third-party delivery systems into one
easy-to-use dashboard. Dash’s all-in-one platform puts your third-party delivery systems like UberEasts, Postmates, Door Dash, and GrubHub into one easy-to-use dashboard. All of the tablets you have lying around (Dash calls that “tablet ordeal”) are replaced with one device. Simply set up your menu (only once), choose your third-party delivery partners, integrate your payment processor, and boom you’re done. Dash will then work its magic and consolidate all of your orders across all channels into one place. And the best part: Dash sends orders straight to YOUR printers or KDS. In today’s day and age, this is a GAMECHANGER. To take advantage of my special low pricing, click the button below for details.

Caterzen

All in One Catering Solution. Designed for the needs of off-premise and drop-off caterers: operations, sales and marketing. Unlimited users/events/orders. Create proposals with electronic signature contracts built in. A delivery manager and Uber-like driver’s mobile app allows you to quickly route deliveries and thrill clients. Drag and drop BEO templates and kitchen production reports, offer online ordering, create email marketing campaigns, and many more features.


 

Incentivio

The ultimate digital customer experience platform. Incentivio has the only solution that bundles white-label mobile apps, loyalty, gift cards, online ordering, analytics, and CRM into one powerful platform that integrates with most POS systems. If you want to drive visits and spending, acquire new customers, increase loyalty and engagement, and see an increase in average ticket size, Incentivio is for you!


 

FiveStars

Awesome Loyalty, Rewards, and Follow Up. So loyalty & rewards programs are great; however, they usually take a lot of time for you to manage them. The reason I love Fivestars is that they have completely automated the entire process. Once a guest joins your rewards program, they will automatically send out emails, text messages, and updates to your guests. Say somebody has not visited in 30 days, no problem, let’s send them a special offer via text, 60, 90 days etc… Even better, are the push notifications that actually show up on their phone. And what if your rewards program could recommend your restaurant to members of other business nearby, wouldn’t that be awesome!


 

Seamless Payments

Credit Card ProcessingWe have negotiated some of the best rates you will find for your size. They are comparable to rates major multi-units are getting. There is more to processing than just rates, but let’s be real, if they can save you a couple hundred a month it’s worth taking a few minutes to check and see (and that is being modest). Seamless allows you to process all your payments in one system. They replace the need for multiple legacy providers that businesses today rely on for their payment processing needs. Seamless integrates with all major POS systems.

Free Pour

Beverage Management. FreePour provides advanced beverage management to help reduce waster, spilling, over-pouring or theft. They use awesome little scales with bar code scanners so you can scan like 30 bottles per minute. Watch the video on their website and see what I mean, it’s pretty cool stuff if you have a high-volume bar and want to squeeze every penny out of it.

Bill Gates takes “reading vacations”. Elon Musk taught himself rocket science by reading textbooks. You should be looking at books as mentors – not just entertainment or educational tools. Here are some of my best recommendations.

 

Profit First

Profit First is about making you more money and flipping the script on how we look at accounting. After reading this book, you will start paying yourself *first*! Here’s my personal book report.

The EMyth Revisited

This is one of the most powerful and influential business books I have ever read! In order to run a successful business you need technicians, entrepreneurs, and managers. The challenge becomes who is filling those roles? Are you fulfilling each role and its responsibility or are you spending too much time in just one of them? Have you hired the right person to fill the right role? The answers to these questions could be the difference between success and failure. Here’s my thoughts on the book.

Eat Mor Chickin

I absolutely love everything about Chick Fil A! Not only is the food tasty, but from a customer service and operations viewpoint, you aren’t going to find a better company. In Eat More Chickin, founder Truett Cathy shares the story of founding this iconic restaurant chain and challenges readers to focus on people and principles. Then good success will surely follow. Check out my video on 3 Lessons I’ve Learned from Chick Fil A too!

The One Thing

If there was only one thing you could do in your restaurant to dramatically change the destiny of future profits and performance of your restaurant, what would that one thing be? This is an incredible business book that helps you identify what that one thing is for YOU!  This is why I think all restaurant owners need to read this book.

Deep Work

This idea behind Deep Work is that when we’re scatterbrained, when we’re all over the place, we can’t really get into what we are doing. And, trust me, multi-tasking doesn’t work. If you need help structuring your time, calendar, or focus, so you can get more done then this book is for you! Watch how I implement the idea of “deep work” and master my calendar.

If you want to catapult your restaurant to the next level, this is ground zero. I’ve been in your shoes – as a chef, as a restaurant owner, as a family man. Let my years in the trenches guide you through the landmines so you don’t make the same mistakes every other restaurant owner does.


The Restaurant Concept Development Workshop

You might already be operating a restaurant or you might be thinking about opening one up in the near future, either way you are in the right spot if you need help clarifying your vision for your restaurant. Our start-to-finish workbook will guide you through developing your concept, selecting the right location, and planning everything through opening week! This workbook is POWERFUL and will help you avoid making the most common mistakes we see with our clients, but also simple enough to get through quickly.


COVID Safety Reopening

As restaurants close, reopen, adjust capacity, we wanted to provide you with a tiny step you can take that will go a long way in helping your guests feel comfortable when they dine in-house with you again. My team has created a free download for you: in-store signs and social images that you can use to show your guests how much you care about them and the steps you are taking to ensure their safety.


Case Study: 10.3% Increase in Profit in One Week

You’re leaving money on the table every time a guest walks through your doors when you don’t have a great plan in place for maximizing profits. This is why I want to teach you my straightforward method for maximizing profits— it’s often one of the first things I will do with a client when they want to increase sales and profits. Download this free case study to see exactly how I did this with one of my clients.


19 Point Restaurant Audit Checklist

Most restaurants don’t fail because they are underfunded. Most restaurants fail because their concept sets them up for failure! If your concept does NOT PASS this 19-Point Concept Checklist, you might be setting yourself up for failure instead of the success you deserve. Download your free copy and see if your restaurant passes the test.

There is no shortage of options when it comes to choosing a service provider. The trick is knowing which one is the best option for you. I’ve personally vetted everyone on this page, dug into what they do so that I can report back to you with a list of outstanding vendors.



BACON

Simple, Fast and Easy Food, Beverage, and Labor Costing. Those words are not usually associated with figuring out the financials in your restaurant. The reality is calculating Food, Beverage, and Labor cost is a very complex process, which is why 4 years ago we set out to develop the first software tool that makes it easier. If you know you need more data to increase profits but have tried in the past or are overwhelmed by the process, please check out clickBACON.



99 Designs

Trusted Graphic Design Service. Before your potential customers even taste your food, they are already judging the quality by the looks of your logo, menu, business cards, etc. Your graphic identity is the first taste people will get of your food. If it’s dull, so will be your sales. For example, a well-designed menu encourages people to spend more money, try new things, and has been proven to satisfy them more when the food arrives. We create taste profiles and images in our mind of the food, before we even taste it. If we believe it will be great, it will taste better. The same hold trues for your entire graphic identity. Old and dull or new and fresh! If you need to freshen up your graphic identity, I highly recommend you reach out to our trusted partners at 99Designs. PLUS, they are offering you $20 off the service of your choice when you click on the button below.



Raydiant

Raydiant Digital Menu & Screen Signage. Raydiant helps you easily and seamlessly turn your TV screen into a digital menu so you can post specials, update a rotating menu, etc. Using their simple online software with hundreds of templates and a stick that looks like a Fire Stick, you can instantly connect any TV to your computer and create your digital data instantly. To save $70 off their standard pricing, click the button below.



Dash

Aggregate all of your third-party delivery systems into one
easy-to-use dashboard. Dash’s all-in-one platform puts your third-party delivery systems like UberEasts, Postmates, Door Dash, and GrubHub into one easy-to-use dashboard. All of the tablets you have lying around (Dash calls that “tablet ordeal”) are replaced with one device. Simply set up your menu (only once), choose your third-party delivery partners, integrate your payment processor, and boom you’re done. Dash will then work its magic and consolidate all of your orders across all channels into one place. And the best part: Dash sends orders straight to YOUR printers or KDS. In today’s day and age, this is a GAMECHANGER. To take advantage of my special low pricing, click the button below for details.



Caterzen

All in One Catering Solution. Designed for the needs of off-premise and drop-off caterers: operations, sales and marketing. Unlimited users/events/orders. Create proposals with electronic signature contracts built in. A delivery manager and Uber-like driver’s mobile app allows you to quickly route deliveries and thrill clients. Drag and drop BEO templates and kitchen production reports, offer online ordering, create email marketing campaigns, and many more features.



INCENTIVIO

The ultimate digital customer experience platform. Incentivio has the only solution that bundles white-label mobile apps, loyalty, gift cards, online ordering, analytics, and CRM into one powerful platform that integrates with most POS systems. If you want to drive visits and spending, acquire new customers, increase loyalty and engagement, and see an increase in average ticket size, Incentivio is for you!


FiveStars

Awesome Loyalty, Rewards, and Follow Up. So loyalty & rewards programs are great; however, they usually take a lot of time for you to manage them. The reason I love Fivestars is that they have completely automated the entire process. Once a guest joins your rewards program, they will automatically send out emails, text messages, and updates to your guests. Say somebody has not visited in 30 days, no problem, let’s send them a special offer via text, 60, 90 days etc… Even better, are the push notifications that actually show up on their phone. And what if your rewards program could recommend your restaurant to members of other business nearby, wouldn’t that be awesome!



Seamless Payments

Credit Card ProcessingWe have negotiated some of the best rates you will find for your size. They are comparable to rates major multi-units are getting. There is more to processing than just rates, but let’s be real, if they can save you a couple hundred a month it’s worth taking a few minutes to check and see (and that is being modest). Seamless allows you to process all your payments in one system. They replace the need for multiple legacy providers that businesses today rely on for their payment processing needs. Seamless integrates with all major POS systems.



FREEPOUR

Beverage Management. FreePour provides advanced beverage management to help reduce waster, spilling, over-pouring or theft. They use awesome little scales with bar code scanners so you can scan like 30 bottles per minute. Watch the video on their website and see what I mean, it’s pretty cool stuff if you have a high-volume bar and want to squeeze every penny out of it.

Bill Gates takes “reading vacations”. Elon Musk taught himself rocket science by reading textbooks. You should be looking at books as mentors – not just entertainment or educational tools. Here are some of my best recommendations.



Profit First

Profit First is about making you more money and flipping the script on how we look at accounting. After reading this book, you will start paying yourself *first*! Here’s my personal book report.



The EMyth Revisited

This is one of the most powerful and influential business books I have ever read! In order to run a successful business you need technicians, entrepreneurs, and managers. The challenge becomes who is filling those roles? Are you fulfilling each role and its responsibility or are you spending too much time in just one of them? Have you hired the right person to fill the right role? The answers to these questions could be the difference between success and failure.Here’s my thoughts on the book.



Eat Mor Chickin

I absolutely love everything about Chick Fil A! Not only is the food tasty, but from a customer service and operations viewpoint, you aren’t going to find a better company. In Eat More Chickin, founder Truett Cathy shares the story of founding this iconic restaurant chain and challenges readers to focus on people and principles. Then good success will surely follow. Check out my video on 3 Lessons I’ve Learned from Chick Fil A too!



The One Thing

If there was only one thing you could do in your restaurant to dramatically change the destiny of future profits and performance of your restaurant, what would that one thing be? This is an incredible business book that helps you identify what that one thing is for YOU! This is why I think all restaurant owners need to read this book.



Deep Work

This idea behind Deep Work is that when we’re scatterbrained, when we’re all over the place, we can’t really get into what we are doing. And, trust me, multi-tasking doesn’t work. If you need help structuring your time, calendar, or focus, so you can get more done then this book is for you! Watch how I implement the idea of “deep work” and master my calendar.

SUCCESSFUL RESTAURANTS START HERE

What if you could practically guarantee that your new restaurant would be a complete success? My clients successfully open unit after profitable unit and not only that, they make it look EASY. I don’t want you to make the one mistake that can turn any great restaurant concept into an instant disaster – so grab this free workbook that will guide you through the process and help you plan through your opening week!

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