When you own or manage a restaurant, the last thing you have time for is going out to dinner. Between managing the staff, food inventory, taking care of customers and all the other millions of details that come with owning a restaurant, treating yourself to dinner may not even be all that appealing. But it an absolute necessary if you want to improve your restaurant. Going out to eat at other establishments not only gives you ideas for menu items, restaurant decor and promotions, it can help reinforce things you do well and areas you and your staff can improve on. It also gives you a much needed break. And, going out to eat can be considered research and development for your business, so save those receipts for next year's taxes!
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