Monthly Archives: January 2014

What Can You Do to Protect Against Selling to Minors or Intoxicated Persons?

ASK FOR PROOF – It is a crime to give or sell alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21. You should instruct your employees to check for proof of age before selling any alcoholic beverages. In surveys, many … Continue reading

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Specialty Wine Bars – Is Rochester Becoming Saturated?

New York City is saturated with specialty wine stores.  Competition is driving prices down, but it is also improving quality for customers. Rochester is now home to several wine bars: Chocolate and Vines Solera Wine Bar Veritas Wine Bar Flight … Continue reading

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Legally acceptable reasons not to hire a candidate

Employers are told reasons they cannot legally use to decline to employ a candidate (age, sex, disability and religion, for example).  Are you looking for legally acceptable reasons not to hire a candidate?  Here’s a list: Lack of technical skills … Continue reading

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How to price your menu items

The simplest rule for pricing menu items? Food costs x 3  =  retail price on menu Why the multiple of 3?  Food + Labor + Overhead The key is to have a good handle on your food costs.  Surprisingly, many … Continue reading

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Healthiest Cheese Options

I love cheese as much as I love red wine.  I also wanted to do some research and suggest some food options to my restaurant clients that would appeal to a health conscious demographic.  What I learned was that the … Continue reading

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Employers beware: wage cases at all-time high

I’ve been reporting on the changes in wage and labor laws that the restaurant and bar industry needs to know about.  I’ve also reported about the increasing trend of audits and employee initiated lawsuits against employers. As this trend is … Continue reading

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Employee record keeping for restaurants and bars

Somewhere in your office, you probably have one file for each current and former employee over the past few years.  With one in every two employers facing EEOC complaints, employers will want to change how they store employee records.  The … Continue reading

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Good disciplinary records are important and can be a game-changer in unemployment proceedings.

With the increase in employee labor complaints, it is important for employers to have good disciplinary records.  Supervisors often fail to record disciplinary actions in writing.  They don’t want to go to the trouble of writing up the employee, rather, … Continue reading

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New Winery Project in the Finger Lakes

On the southeastern shore of Seneca Lake, a joint venture between the principals of California winery (Hobbs) and a German winery (Mosel Valley’s Selbach-Oster) will soon launch.  They expect it will be 3 years to complete planting.  This new venture … Continue reading

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The secret weapon in your arsenal

Your employees are your competitive advantage.  Treating your employees as well as you treat your customers will make you an employer of choice, enabling you to attract the best talent in your market.  Additionally, reducing staff turnover will positively affect … Continue reading

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