Intellectual Property: Opening Up New Sources of Capital

Strong branding allows successful restaurants to rise above the fray, remain recognizable in a crowded field of competitors and resonate with loyal customers. The essential elements of a strong brand include not only a protectable tradename and logo, but also distinct signage, decor, food packaging and menu design. Intellectual property (IP) can also be an […]

Nolo’s Kitchen: Experienced restaurateurs bring three dayparts and a fun basement bar to the North Loop

When you walk up to Nolo’s Kitchen and Bar in Minneapolis’ North Loop, you’re struck with the history attached to the building. It started out as a stately Maytag appliance store, then became a jam-packed hardware store and now radiates character as a restaurant and basement bar. Turning a hardware store into a restaurant is […]

Making Money With Your Employees

In last month’s issue, when considering the employment issues likely to arise for restaurant operators, we discussed ways to avoid costs and minimize your losses. Now, let’s look at a few ideas that can actually help not only minimize cash costs but create revenue benefits. Use of the FICA Tax Credit Most operators can take […]