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Top Apps Every Restaurateur Should Have

There are apps for just about everything these days, from fertility to free text messaging to crazy games like Angry Birds. If you look hard enough you’ll also find some pretty cool apps to make your life as a restaurateur easier. Here are just a few. Post your favorite apps in the comment section below.

Yelp… Monitor what people are saying about your restaurant. Do they love the Greek Salad? Think your waitstaff is rude? Find you overpriced? Yelp is a great way to gauge the public’s perception of your establishment. You can also comment on their reviews- just don’t be a jerk if you get negative feedback.

 

 

Pinterest… Show your customers just how amazing your food looks. Upload pins of your plates to create Boards like,”Italian Night” and “The New Fall Menu.” Your followers can also comment on the pictures and repin your pins on their own boards to spread your goodies to their followers. It’s really a fun and highly-addictive app to have.

 

 

SteakTimer… There is nothing worse for a customer than having an over or undercooked steak presented to them. Download this app for your chefs to ensure that the steak they are serving up is served up perfectly. We like the app from Kansas City Steaks because it also has really good steak recipes, is interactive, and includes a reference library. It’s like your one-stop steak center.

 

 

PayWithSquare… Turn your iPad into a register with a simple Card Reader. You can organize your POS  by adding names, photos, and prices to make it easy for your waitstaff to check people out. All you have to do is then swipe the customers card with the Square Card Reader. This app also allows you to reward existing customers with a simplified rewards program. Insightful analytics will help you make smart decisions to identify busy or slow days and times that can be exported to spreadsheets.

ShelfLife… Keep track of your inventory by setting up food expiration reminders. With this app, you can keep track of your inventory while tracking each item’s age. There is also a global database to help you seamlessly search for foods as well as their expected life span. The handy Green (New) to Red (expired) color scale will let you instantly know the edibility status of the items. So let’s say you just had a shipment of  Fresh Spinach arrive. All you have to do is input the name and quantity and ShelfLife will automatically tell you the shelf life of the item- in this case, 11 days.

 

ChefSheet… No more overspending on the ingredients you need. Say good-bye to unorganized inventory check-lists. ChefSheet is a FREE restaurant inventory app that lets you shop for the best products at the best prices and even anonymously compare what you’re paying for products to other anonymous restaurateurs in your area. Inventory can be organized based on the items location, ie., Walk-In Cooler, Bar Area and Prep Room.

 

 

InMyBar… Don’t let your bartender get stumped by a customer. With the InMyBar app, your employees will have hundreds of different drink recipes at their fingertips. The app can also tell you what kind of drinks you can make with the brands and ingredients that you have and what ingredients are needed to make a customers favorite drink. You can add the ingredients you need to a Shopping List and no Internet connection is needed.

 

 

WhenIWork… No more sitting around and writing out a long schedule sheet that your employees have to copy. WhenIWork is  a better way for busy restaurateurs like you to handle employee scheduling and keep everyone connected.  You can create, edit, cancel and view shifts, have employees make time off requests, monitor employee time-off requests, share and have access to employee contact information, and send email or SMS text messaging to your staff.

 

 

Facebook Page Manager… No Top App list is complete without a Facebook mention. Every restaurant should have a Facebook Page to share what is happening with your customers. To make it easier on Page Managers, Facebook came out with this app to streamline the process for you. Set up notifications and you’ll receive a pop-up notification every time someone posts on your wall or comments on your restaurant’s post.

 

 

Did we miss your favorite app? Share it with the world by posting it in the comment section below.

Select the Right Type of Ice for Your Business

Who said ice has to be normal and plain? With today’s innovative Ice Machines, you can select a variety of different shapes, sizes, and textures of ice depending on your business’s specific needs. Please note, that while similar in type, different manufacturers have different names for their ice.

Full Dice/Cube… Ice cubes are hard, clear and “rhomboid” shaped. Full Dice/Cube Ice will melt slower than other types of ice, which

Manitowoc Indigo 560 lb Ice Machine, Air Cooled, Full Dice

makes it perfect for packed lunches, as well as drinks.

Half Dice/Cube…  This type of ice is hard, clear cubes with a unique “rhomboid” shape. As their name implies, they are half the size of Dice/Cube Ice. They are also the most popular form of ice, with nearly 70% of all businesses utilizing them.

Scotsman 455 lb. Ice Machine, Nugget

Nugget/Pearl…  Nugget/Pearl Ice is the preferred type of ice for hospitals since they are easy to chew but hard enough to dispense without hand scooping. They also work well in mixed drinks. Restaurants should also consider using Nugget/Pearl Ice because they cost substantially less to make than Dice/Cube Ice.

 

Flake… Flake Ice are small and soft with 73% ice to water ratio. Perfect for presentation, businesses that use buffet cases or tables to display salads, seafood, produce,  and other delicate products will love Flake Ice since they will not bruise the product. You can also use scoop Flake Ice into drinks. Another unique use of Flake Ice is to use it at bakeries to chill extremely hot dough quickly.

Tubular… Tubular Ice is more of a designer ice that one would find in cocktail and tropical drinks at resorts. They have a cylindrical soft texture, making them excellent for cooling.

  • Manitowoc RN Modular Series

Crushed…  Dice or Half-Dice cubes are crushed into small pieces using an Ice Machine and a beverage dispenser equipped with an ice crusher. Only Manitowoc makes this type of machine. Perfect for slushie drinks.

  • Manitowoc ice machine and a Servend beverage dispenser equipped with icepic.

Ice-O-Matic 84lb Ice Machine, Air Cooled, Gourmet Style

Gourmet… Gourmet Ice is hard, clear, individual ice cubes with an octagon shape. Because of its clarity, they are often used in upscale establishments to chill high-end liquor, alcohol, and mixed drinks.

How to Get Maximum Dollars for Your Used Restaurant Equipment

Burkett has been buying and selling used restaurant equipment for over 35 years and we’re going to let you in on a few secrets to make sure that you get the most money for your used items.

Selling used restaurant equipment is like selling a used vehicle. Appearance, obvious signs of regular maintenance, and cleanliness are key to getting maximum dollar. So whether you’re selling them to us, or to a private buyer, below you will find 5 questions to ask yourself to ensure that you make as much money as possible.

Is it Clean… Are there years worth of grease build up on the top and sides of your Commercial Range? Is there mold on the bottom of the Walk-In Cooler Refrigerator? If your used equipment is dirty when you are trying to sell it- just like if your used car is dirty when you are trying to sell it- you’re not going to get as much as you hoped.

Is it in Normal Working Condition… If you decide to sell your used refrigerator, that keeps food cold, but has a loud rattle, expect to get less money for it, than if it were working properly. When we purchase a product that needs extensive servicing before it can be placed on the floor for sale, it becomes financially prohibitive to offer you maximum dollars for it.

Where is It… Bring the product in for us to see or send multiple pictures of the exterior and interior of the product for a better offer. Remember, we are taking a risk buying a product sight unseen.

Do You Know the Model and Serial Number… When you email us the product pictures, make sure to also send the model and serial number. This information will give us the year the unit was made as well as product specifications in order to give you a more accurate purchase price.

Are Your Expectations Realistic…. If you are selling a used T-23 Refrigerator, you are not going to receive today what you paid for it three years ago. For most privately sold used restaurant equipment, expect to sell it for 10-30% of what you purchased it for. According to Mike Burkett, Burkett Restaurant Equipment founder and current Used Purchaser, “When customers call us to sell their used equipment, I have to remind them that nothing is cut in stone. A product that is 3 years old and gone through the ringer a couple of times will get less than a similar product that is 10 years old, but well-maintained, clean, and in proper working condition. Being realistic with their expectations.”

If you are interested in selling used restaurant equipment, contact us at 419-720-8181 for more assistance or a quote.

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