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I had a guest not tip his server and on the back of the receipt the customer wrote "I don't tip [insert racial slur here]." If this customer comes back into the restaurant, what are my options? I have a number of servers that have said they would not wait on this customer if he does come back in.

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I recently had a guest ask not to have a particular server “because his accent is hard to understand.” I happened to have that party assigned to a different section anyway but suspect this was about race more than difficulty understanding.  The more I think about it the angrier I get that that would happen in 2014. Plus he is my best server. Am I even allowed to honor a request like that? 

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This sounds like a guest you could do without.

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One of my employees left me high and dry with no notice. Isn’t two weeks’ notice the industry standard?

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Like most problems, it comes down to a disconnect between expectations and reality.  You expect employees to resign with at least two weeks notice; the employee feels she

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Do I respond to negative Yelp reviews or let it go?

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This is one of the

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I want to teach some Caribbean cooking classes. How do I get started? How much should I charge? How many students should I have in class?

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Teaching cooking classes seems like a natural for many chefs and restaurateurs. After all, much of your job involves training staff and communicating to guests.

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