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4 Forgotten Restaurant Owner Responsibilities that Will Ruin Your Business


Restaurant owners and managers have a lot on their plate. They’re constantly dealing with business finances, managing employees, ordering supplies, and making sure the restaurant is running as smooth as possible.

With all those important tasks, it’s easy to forget one here and there – which can end up costing you your business over time.

Here, we’ve outlined four restaurant owner/manager responsibilities that can easily slip your mind, in hopes of making it stick!

1. Keeping your restaurant compliant with the NFPA

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets rules and regulations for restaurants to keep the them properly protected from fire, resulting in a safer atmosphere for staff and customers.

According to the NFPA, “Hoods, grease removal devices, fans, ducts, and other appurtenances shall be cleaned to bare metal at frequent intervals prior to surfaces becoming heavily contaminated with grease or oily sludge. After the exhaust system is cleaned to bare metal, it shall not be coated with powder or any other substance. The entire exhaust system shall be inspected by a properly trained, qualified and certified company or person(s)”.

Failure to keep your kitchen exhaust hood clean may result in fines, dropping from insurance, temporary and even permanent closure of business.

Not sure if you’re due for a hood cleaning? Read our blog that goes over hood cleaning frequency.

At Rujo Hood Cleaning, we take care of the hood cleaning and reminders for you. When you’re due for your next professional hood cleaning, we’ll call to get you on the schedule.

2. Keeping a close eye on expenses

This is a tedious, yet extremely important task a business owner or manager must take on.

Overspending on things you don’t need or figuring out where you can cut back can help keep your business alive during tough times – and keep you on track when business is going well!

3. Keeping up with the times

The dishes you use, marketing your business, staying on top of the latest restaurant trends – there’s so much to think about!

Are you still serving food on dishes with designs from the 80’s? It might be time to throw those out.

Don’t have a Google or Yelp listing? You better sign up.

Aren’t partnered with DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates, or another food delivery app? You’re missing out on business!

Keeping up with the times is important as anything else in your business to keep it running smooth.

4. Take the time to train your staff

Let’s face it – training employees is often dreadful, but it’s a key factor to your success. When your employees know what they’re doing, they’re less likely to make mistakes. Every restaurant is run differently and what you might think is common sense – might not be to someone else.

Sit down with your employees, do a thorough training (or two!), treat them with respect, express what the business means to you, and let them know if there’s room for growth. This will encourage your employees to be the best they can be!

Can you think of other responsibilities that are often forgotten? Let us know in the comments below!


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