The good news is that the price of many foods has come down over the past year. The bad news is that some restaurants are seeing their customer counts come down, too. Others are seeing check averages fall, and many are seeing both.
As sales drop, already-thin margins are becoming thinner and watching every penny is growing more crucial. One area of intense scrutiny with a direct impact on the bottom line is food costs.
Restaurateurs are reducing food costs both by getting back to