I promised a very important post on Friday and today I am delivering with my thoughts on the disappointing leadership displayed by Darden Restaurants. Their recent decision to publicly announce cutting hours of employees in four test markets to avoid the costs of providing health insurance is deplorable. To make such a public announcement over […]
It has been a while since this site has been updated. In fact it was the longest pause since the network was started. Let me start out by assuring you that the site is going to be around for quite some time. The pause had nothing to do with a lack of writing, but rather […]
Another year has passed and it is time for my annual list of Kansas City’s best restaurants, attractions, personalities, and businesses. This list always coincides with The Pitch’s “Best of Kansas City” awards voting. This year I have a few changes from the previous years. I tried to broaden the list this year to include […]
This is “The Mixologist Post”. You see there are certain posts I have written on this blog that still get mentioned when I talk to people in person. The post about dating co-workers made it painful the next day at work when all the members of couples would no longer speak to me. The Jardines […]
If we are going to be honest with ourselves, not ever restaurant server is cut out for every restaurant serving job. There is a dance that has to be done to find the right job for the right person. It is not that the job or the server are bad. They might just not be […]
Restaurant marketing with Facebook is something most every restaurant has tried. Very soon this could vanish for restaurant owners who are in violation of the Facebook Terms of Service (ToS). Hundreds or thousands of fans could vanish overnight along with all or the correspondences, pictures, and other content contained on their Facebook pages. It is […]
Hopefully you are aware of the book I released as a great supplement to the average restaurant server training manual. Tips2: Tips For Improving Your Tips was released just over a year ago. Sales are still strong and I have received a number of great reviews both online and through email. At the time the book […]
This month’s free report at Restaurant Marketing Plan covers in depth the best practices to utilize Google+ Local for Restaurants. This is an incredibly powerful tool for independent restaurants and I want to make sure that all of the restaurant owners and managers that read this blog are recieving the most up to date information […]
As I wrap up my series on hiring restaurant servers in an improving economy, I wanted to address the need for speed and decisiveness in the hiring process. Too many restaurants have become accustomed to the luxury of being able to conduct 2-3 interviews with candidates before making a job offer. These same restaurants are […]
Google Plus Local for Restaurants is about to change the local marketing game forever. It is important to understand that this is not a phase or another hoop that Google is making restaurants jump through. This is the future of local internet marketing. If you choose to ignore it, you are doing so at […]
Those of you who have been fans of this network of blogs since the beginning (and a sincere thank you to both of you) might remember a blog I own called Restaurant Laughs. Even though I try to keep the other blogs serious and informative, I do enjoy cracking jokes. These jokes landed on Restaurant […]
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- My Response: 25 Things Chefs Never Tell You September 16, 2010
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- Introducing Best Restaurant Blogs April 15, 2013
- JJ’s February 20, 2013
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David Hayden was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He took his first serving job in 1996. Since that time, he has worked for over a dozen different restaurant companies. He has held both hourly and salaried positions at independent and corporate restaurants. He has waited on over 100,000 guests and trained hundreds of servers. He has been named "Best Server in Kansas City" the last three years by the local weekly paper.