is the President
of the Restaurant Resource Group. A 45-year veteran of the industry,
John began his career in the kitchens of some rather unmemorable
restaurants in the late 60's. Things started to look up as he charged
his way through the ranks, first as an egg and pancake slinging short
order cook at Flapjacks in Aspen, CO and then on to bigger, and more
importantly, higher paying industry gigs in the New England region (with a few kitchen
thrown in to round out his rather limited culinary chops).
Thank goodness he discovered that his
skills lay in more entrepreneurial endeavors within the industry.
He has since
created, designed, brought to life and operated a variety of restaurant
concepts ranging from City Market, a New York Style Gourmet Deli and
Cafe; City Side, an upscale and eclectic fine dining restaurant, Jazz Bar
and casual cafe and Aesops Bagels, a Boston based chain of retail bagel
cafes with a manufacturing plant selling frozen bagels to all main-line
New England food distributors.
In 1999 John hung
up his apron, and created the Restaurant Resource Group.
Initially the company provided financial management and support services
to Boston area restaurants. John now
provides these services to a national clientele. In 2002 he wrote and
Restaurant Operators Compete Guide to QuickBooks which has
become the definitive industry guide to the accounting software program
used by most independent restaurants today (the 2nd edition was
published in 2007) The book along with many other
restaurant financial and management tools & support services are
available at the
John also writes articles relating to restaurant finance and operations
that are posted to a variety of industry websites including
Restaurant Owner.com and Restaurant Report. He is also a
contributor to Restaurant Startup and Growth Magazine, and offers
full day seminars in Restaurant Accounting as well as Menu Engineering
(a fancy way of saying he teaches folks how to use Excel to calculate
recipe costs and evaluate their menu's profitability).
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