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how best to enter restaurant biz1/19/2017Victor Cardamone
  Q: Hope you are doing great and I think you in advance for your time and help. My boyfriend is in the ...
  A: Your question is multifaceted and doesn't have an honest set of straight forward answers because ...
Food Court Concept1/16/2017David Foster
  Q: Mr. Foster, I have been looking for a Restaurant Consultant to help me and I'm so glad I ran across ...
  A: I will do my best to help you. Food courts can be a great way to bring a new concept to the market, ...
Revenue Percentages9/21/2016David Foster
  Q: During what time frame is the 51% food versus 49% alcohol measured? Each event/day or over a year? ...
  A: Each state and often each county may have their own rules and procedures concerning what license is ...
Opening restaurant in a food court.6/9/2016David Foster
  Q: I'm Alex, 32 years old french guy (trying to type good english), I'm running a fast food in France ...
  A: I will do my best to answer your questions. First, congratulations on accomplishing what you have ...
Food Kiosk in Food Court4/25/2016Victor Cardamone
  Q: I'm looking for a food court space either in mall or university for food kiosk. Ideally, location ...
  A: Well, each location requires a different approach. A location in a mall is relatively simple in that ...
Food Kiosk in Food Court4/25/2016Robert Lagonia
  Q: I'm looking for a food court space either in mall or university for food kiosk. Ideally, location ...
  A: Steve, Here is a good start in salt Lake city... ...
Food Kiosk in Food Court4/25/2016Sartaj Bedi
  Q: I'm looking for a food court space either in mall or university for food kiosk. Ideally, location ...
  A: Salt Lake City in India or USA? In any case, you need to go to to the source- the mall or ...
Food Kiosk in Food Court4/25/2016David Foster
  Q: I'm looking for a food court space either in mall or university for food kiosk. Ideally, location ...
  A: Opening a food court concept that is successful takes every bit as much planning and thought as a ...
Food Kiosk in Food Court4/21/2016Larry Edger
  Q: I'm looking for a food court space either in mall or university for food kiosk. Ideally, location ...
  A: I am not familiar with the Salt Lake City area, but the most productive method is to find the names ...
Sensor Door Systems for Restaurant.4/15/2016Brian Ash
  Q: Do you recommend Sensor Door Systems for Restaurant?. Thanks Prashant
  A: I'm fine with installing a system so you'll get a notification whenever someone comes in the door, ...
Sensor Door Systems for Restaurant.4/15/2016David Foster
  Q: Do you recommend Sensor Door Systems for Restaurant?. Thanks Prashant
  A: Whether or not an auto-opening door is right for you will depend upon your location, concept and ...
Business cards Dropbox for customers.4/14/2016Larry Edger
  Q: Do you feel it could be useful to have a Central business cards dropbox or on each dining table for ...
  A: It could be useful. It depends on how you plan to use the information. To quickly capture data for ...
Business cards Dropbox for customers.4/14/2016Robert Lagonia
  Q: Do you feel it is useful to have a Central business cards dropbox or on each dining table for ...
  A: Prashant, I would be happy to answer all of your questions now and in the future. I have a ...
Business cards Dropbox for customers.4/14/2016Victor Cardamone
  Q: Do you feel it could be useful to have a Central Business cards Dropbox Or on each Dining table for ...
  A: What I would suggest is that you solicit the assistance of an interior designer to help you create ...
Business cards Dropbox for customers.4/14/2016David Foster
  Q: Do you feel it could be useful to have a central business cards dropbox or on each dining table for ...
  A: While an old-fashioned "fishbowl" for people to drop in their business cards can still be effective ...
Business cards Dropbox for customers.4/14/2016Jeffrey Summers
  Q: Do you feel it could be useful to have a Central Business cards dropbox or on each Dining table for ...
  A: No. Don't clutter the tables with items that are only important for you. The table top is sacred ...
Aquarium fish tanks in Restaurants.4/11/2016Robert Lagonia
  Q: Do you recommend to keep Few Aquarium Fish Tanks in Restaurant which may add Business value?. ...
  A: Prashant, I do not know what type of restaurant you are opening. Obviously a fish tank would be ...
Aquarium fish tanks in Restaurants.4/11/2016Brian Ash
  Q: Do you recommend to keep few Aquarium fish tanks in Restaurant which will add Business value?. ...
  A: I never had aquariums in my restaurant, but I do think they could bring in customers if you do them ...
Aquarium fish tanks in Restaurants.4/11/2016David Foster
  Q: Do you recommend to keep few Aquarium fish tanks in Restaurant which may add Business value?. ...
  A: It all depends upon your budget and the type of concept that you have. Aquariums can be a very ...
Aquarium fish tanks in Restaurants.4/11/2016Larry Edger
  Q: Do you recommend to keep few aquarium fish tanks in Restaurants which may add Business value?. ...
  A: Fish tanks can be an attractive addition to the restaurant environment. It depends on the location, ...
Multilingual Restaurant Website.4/6/2016Victor Cardamone
  Q: Can there be Business Benefits in designing a Multilingual Restaurant Website?. Thanks Prashant
  A: I guess it all depends on your demographic, but if you are building your website in WordPress, there ...
Multilingual Restaurant Website.4/5/2016David Foster
  Q: Do you feel there can be Business Benefits in Designing a Multilingual Restaurant Website?. Thanks ...
  A: Yes, there are benefits to offering a multilingual menu. There are costs involved as well, so I ...
Interactive voice recognition system for Restaurant.4/2/2016Sartaj Bedi
  Q: Do you support to implement IVR system for Restaurant?. Thanks Prashant
  A: I do and I don't. IVR system can be an over kill for a restaurant. However, they may be useful for ...
Interactive voice recognition system for Restaurant.4/2/2016David Foster
  Q: Do you support to implement IVR system for Restaurant?. Thanks Prashant
  A: Interactive Voice Response systems can be very useful for restaurants, especially when it comes to ...
Saucing pizzas4/1/2016David Foster
  Q: Do they make instruments that resemble small window squeegees that can help sauce sheet pizzas as ...
  A: Most pizza makers use "spoodles" to sauce and then use the bottom of this utensil to spread the ...
Seats Reservation on Restaurants website.3/31/2016Brian Ash
  Q: Do you feel it is useful for customers to have Seats reservation facility on Restaurant website?. ...
  A: I'm not a big fan of taking reservations in general. You have to hold tables for people who may not ...
Seats Reservation on Restaurants website.3/31/2016Larry Edger
  Q: Do you feel it is useful for customers to have Seats Reservation feature on Restaurant website?. ...
  A: Having the ability to make reservations on a website is becoming more customary. However, there are ...
Seats Reservation on Restaurants website.3/31/2016Robert Lagonia
  Q: Do you feel it is useful for customers to have seats reservation feature on restaurant website?. ...
  A: Prashant, I am not sure what the question is. Are you asking if when customers make reservations, ...
Seats Reservation on Restaurants website.3/31/2016David Foster
  Q: Require your inputs regarding Seats reservation on restaurants website by customers in advance if ...
  A: How you handle reservations will all depend upon the type of concept you want to have as well as ...
Portable Vacuum cleaner for Restaurants.3/29/2016Robert Lagonia
  Q: Do you feel Portable vacuum cleaner product could be useful for Restaurant cleaning maintenance ...
  A: Prashant, My experience with vacuums is that if you buy a cheap one they will not last. Most vacuum ...
Portable Vacuum cleaner for Restaurants.3/29/2016Brian Ash
  Q: Do you feel Portable vacuum cleaner product could be useful for Restaurant cleaning maintenance ...
  A: I'm not sure I completely understand your question. When you say a "portable vacuum cleaner" what ...
Portable Vacuum cleaner for Restaurants.3/29/2016David Foster
  Q: Do you feel Portable vacuum cleaner product could be useful for Restaurant cleaning maintenance ...
  A: Any restaurant with carpeted floors will require some type of vacuum cleaner. It would need to be ...
operating partner3/26/2016Robert Lagonia
  Q: Here is the situation , i am the franchisor for a bakery. My friend is the franchisee. Since he has ...
  A: Heather, What I would suggest is that you would be paid a salary. The best way to be fair to both of ...
Restaurant rooms sections.3/25/2016Rick Dudasik
  Q: Do you recommend to have three different rooms sections classified as vegetarian, non vegetarian and ...
  A: I strongly advise not dividing the restaurant up into 3 sections. I can think of many issues you ...
Restaurants rooms sections.3/25/2016Victor Cardamone
  Q: Do you recommend to have separate three different rooms for customers seating classified as ...
  A: Greetings Prashant, Quite an interesting question... As a vegan myself, I certainly appreciate your ...
Restaurants rooms sections.3/25/2016Robert Lagonia
  Q: Do you recommend to have separate rooms for customers seating classified for vegetarian and non ...
  A: Prashant, I do not recommend having separate rooms for Vegetarian and non Vegetarian. Customers do ...
Restaurants rooms sections.3/25/2016Brian Ash
  Q: Do you recommend to have separate rooms for customers seating which classifies as vegetarian and non ...
  A: I don't know how things are in India, but that seems a little excessive in my opinion. When I owned ...
Restaurants rooms sections.3/25/2016David Foster
  Q: Do you recommend separate rooms designed for vegetarian and non vegetarian serving food for ...
  A: I would absolutely NOT recommend separate rooms. The primary reason I would not recommend this is ...
Electronic panel in Restaurants.3/13/2016Sartaj Bedi
  Q: Do you feel it could be useful for customers to have a Electronic lcd or Led panel displaying ...
  A: Digital display system are useful for QSR to show case their menu. These can be used in bar as the ...
Electronic panel in Restaurants.3/13/2016Brian Ash
  Q: Do you feel it could be useful for customers to have a Electronic lcd or Led panel displaying ...
  A: I'm a big fan of the electronic menu boards for several reasons: 1) The colors really pop and are ...

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We have been in the restaurant industry for over 40 years and consult with restaurants, casinos, food court concepts, bars and hotels nationwide. We love helping restaurant operators succeed and can answer any questions related to restaurant start-ups, business plans, operations, labor costs, food costs, liquor costs, employee turnover, marketing, operational improvements, franchising etc.

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I am a seasoned foodservice veteran with nearly 50 years experience in the industry. My extensive background includes overseeing multi-unit, multi-concept restaurant operations ranging from cafeterias to fine dining, and everything in between. I have a strong hands-on operations and marketing background that give me a unique insight into the “Real World” challenges of the restaurant industry. I have extensive concept development, menu and recipe development and kitchen layout and design expertise. I am effective in analyzing operational needs and identifying practical solutions in today’s very dynamic foodservice environment. In the industry, I am respected by my peers and have served on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Restaurant Association and have been a featured speaker on the subject of Home Meal Replacement at various national events. I also served on the Culinary Advisory Board of the Ozark Technical College as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

Organizations
Member of the National Restaurant Association, Past Board Member of the Missouri Restaurant Association, Past Board Member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Ozarks

Publications
The Consultant, Seasoned Views (a trade magazine for the restaurant industry, QSR - a publication dedicated to quick serve and fast casual concepts.

Education/Credentials
Attended Drury University, Springfield, MO, Varsity Management, SRI

Awards and Honors
I have had restaurant projects featured in The Consultant (a magazine for foodservice consultants with worldwide circulation). I was honored for achieving the highest level of management competence by the Selection Research Institute.

Past/Present Clients
Sugar Creek Casino, Classic Rock Coffee Company, Mark Twain Brewing Company, Springfield Brewing Company, Bruegger's Bagels, M&M Grill, Paco Joe's, Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Buffalo Run Casino, Golden Corral Corporation, Crosswinds Café, Chinese Chef, Mr. Dunderbak's Old World Market & Café, Bullfeather’s Wings and Grille, Mainstreet Market, Bear Rock Café, Cartoon's Oyster Bar & Grill, T's Redneck Roadhouse, Jim's Steakhouse, Neighbor's Mill Bakery & Café, Crazy Vine, San Francisco Oven, Maria's Mexican Restaurant, Andy's Frozen Custard, The Granite Club, Umi Japanese Steak, Seafood and Sushi, Springfield Grocer Company, US Foodservice, Premium Standard Farms, Smithfield, Dakota Organic, Kraft Foods, Allens, Inc.

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