I’m the owner of a small upstart with a single location and a very skeleton staff. I tried a number of solutions, from electronic spreadsheets to traditional pen and paper, to keep an accurate eye on food costing and inventory. By chance, I stumbled onto Recipe Cost Calculator and fell in love. Not only does it save me hours each week, it also allows my staff to be able to consistently update and keep track during the week if I’m not there.
It’s said that what is measured is managed – and that’s where the product has really saved our skin. Since subscribing our par and order levels have become more accurate, allowing us to preserve cashflow during a very difficult time for the restaurant industry. It has enabled us to decrease actual food costs by 10 percentage points due to less waste and better eyes on price changes.
The other aspect I’ve really come to enjoy is how easy it is to get up and running. At our small café & creamery I was able to implement this on my own with most of the documentation & video tutorials created. When I did have questions, or suggestions, I have always received a timely response from a real human that helped me get 'unstuck'.
I think that anyone giving this product a try will quicky realize that this system isn’t a splurge, it’s an investment that rewards you with better profitability and more time on your hands to increase sales.
Content written by Seth Iiames, Owner at Midtown Coffee & Creamery.