Earlier this week, we covered how to prepare your establishment for this weekend’s big football game. But in addition to the sporting event, there’s another big day coming up that establishments need to prepare for: Valentine’s Day. As the romantic holiday racks up at least $13 billion, it’s important that your establishment is prepared for the… Read More
Baseball Themes for Food Trucks, Restaurants, Bars & Grills
What’s the theme for your restaurant? Who are you? It’s important that your theme is echoed across your platform from your business name, to the menu, to branding, to advertising, to visual cues, to server uniforms. Does the artwork and furniture in your facility follow suit? As Orlando FL is one of the entertainment capitals… Read More
Roundup ES-1200, or basically the coolest electric egg steamer around.
Y’all just don’t know how excited I am. That’s right; I am excited enough to break out the “y’all” and if you knew this frog at all, you’d know that is a pretty big deal. So what has my restaurant equipment loving heart all aflutter? Well, this: We happen to have come across a pretty… Read More
The Five Kinds of Dishes Every Restaurant Should Have on Their Menus
For some people, a menu is like reading James Joyce’s Ulysses–they want to read every item, read every description, and even try to find out the calories. But for others, reading a menu is a game of treasure hunting–search for the relevant target and acquire. In order to get the most out of your menu (besides… Read More
Startup Equipment List: Bar & Grill
This blog entry is a list of basic equipment needed for a Bar & Grill Restaurant Startup Concept- no frills, no extras. Just opening and making money from the start. Startup list courtesy of One Fat Frog Restaurant equipment Read More
The business of business plans
Business plans are long. And lengthy. And should really take you a while to make. But what is a business plan? A business plan usually plans and outlines the projected losses and earnings for 2-4 years. But if you’re anything like me, business plans probably look like the last thing you want to sit down… Read More
Making a Logo that Appeals to Tourists
Just some things to consider when making your brand. Read More
General Contractors: What You Should Know
I have talked briefly before about whether or not you should get a general contractor. Okay, maybe more than briefly since I wrote two blogs about it. But the decision of whether or not to get a general contractor is a big one. Let’s talk again about what a general contractor does. General contractors are… Read More
Young Worker Safety in Restaurants, Again.
Do you remember when I talked about Young Worker Safety in Restaurants? Well, here’s a bit more advice from the wisdom of the Frog. I briefly mentioned machine guards , but what does that even mean? Machine guarding eliminates or controls hazards and provides essential and required protection for your employees. Machine parts have the potential… Read More
Find the Perfect Location
I had to drive about 75 miles out of my way this morning, before coming to work (I average about 600 a week, so this isn’t a big deal to me). And let me tell you, I noticed something peculiar. I couldn’t help notice how many oddly placed restaurants/bars there were! I was driving through… Read More
Interview: Restaurant Client Resha Christian of Orlando FL
Mother of 3, Resha Christian, talks about her family’s eating habits and favorite restaurants in the Orlando metro area. Her interview shows great insight to restaurant owners in how parents think about healthy eating. Read More
Pizza Prep Tables
I love pizza (almost as much as I love food trucks). I also love when clients come in and tell me about how they make pizza. There is something almost scientific about the perfect pizza crust. You have to cook it at just the right temperature, and cooking pizza dough in Florida is a lot… Read More
STARTUP Why should you open a new concept?
In past guides we’ve written about STARTUPs we’ve covered topics of buying a franchise, buying an existing restaurant and now we’re focused on opening a new concept from Ground Zero. We’re talking putting down roots! So you think you want to open a food and beverage concept from the ground up. You’re the one who… Read More
Best prices out there on new and used restaurant equipment
So one of our clients came referred by their General Contractor. They said, “wow, I thought I was going to have to use finance but for these prices we’ll just write a check for it.” The GC has done several projects with the Frog and always recommends us. Why? We don’t give him kickbacks, he… Read More
Rebuild your credit with the Frog
Rebuilding your credit can be a daunting task. For whatever reason your credit may be bruised. We’ve all been there- divorce, terminal illness, layoff, downsizing or economy turns and over extended on your mortgage… they’re all common things we hear day in and day out at the Frog. There is absolutely no shame in coming… Read More
STARTUP Why should you buy an existing restaurant or bar?
When you’re considering to open a food or beverage concept (or any other business for that matter) you might think to yourself, ‘self, I should buy an existing restaurant but I don’t want to buy a franchise.’ Now, if your self answers back then we all have other questions on hand. But for all general… Read More
STARTUP Why you should buy a Franchise?
If you’re considering opening your dream there are many questions you should ask yourself. One easier startup for many is to buy a franchise. It’s often a package that includes most of the startup details worked out. Here are some of the pro’s of buying a franchise: business plan menu, advertising, suppliers all arranged brand… Read More
STARTUP Realistic expectations about the startup process
Having realistic expectations and being properly prepared is an important part of the startup process. If you’re ill prepared this can lead to problems without a doubt. As a restaurant owner (or owner of any business), you’ll be putting out a multitude of fires throughout the day from employee issues, client issues, payroll, taxes, marketing,… Read More
STARTUP: Creating the atmosphere, core audience & targeting your slow times
When you’re considering a startup food and beverage concept, the atmosphere you intend to create is important. For example, in Orlando we know Christini’s is a special occasion place and it’s $500 a table easy (as a server you can get a good idea about the tips!), we know when we’re going to Rocco’s Taco’s… Read More
Sometimes I share because I need to…
Sometimes I share because I need to… Sometimes I share because you need to read it. As National Widow’s Day comes around a friend of mine has been journaling a lot about her two experiences through widowhood. It’s a ride of sorts, I guess, but you just don’t have the choice where you’re getting on… Read More