Getting Back to Work


Every restaurant and even business for that matter must take extreme precautions as they get back to business.  Staff temperature should be taken upon entering the building.  If they have a high temp, you must send them home.  We know that making decisions like this is difficult especially if the staff member is a star and you are already understaffed.  However, the cost of not doing this could be catastrophic.  Consider the consequences if that staff member were to work an entire shift (or even multiple) and they infected dozens or even hundreds of customers. Customers and staff should continue to observe the social distancing principles that we’ve all become familiar with since the start of the virus.  Your business would likely be shutdown by regulatory demand and the hit on your community reputation could be more than you can overcome.

Dishes or Disposable for your restaurant post Covid-19

Dishes or Disposable for your restaurant post Covid-19. Which Kind of Dinnerware Is Best for Your Restaurant? 

Have you decided if you are using regular dishware (glass, china, plastic) or disposable for serving your customers?  Some things to consider:  

  Dishes vs Disposable 
Pro’s Many customers want the full experience of dining out which includes heavy dishes and real utensils.     Some customers will appreciate knowing that they have completely sanitary dishware and utilities.    
  No additional purchases or trash collection fees   Drink refills can easily be made by supplying another cup 
  Normal process has little change   Less hours of dish washing personnel. Much more convenient and streamlined process for staff 
  Capital costs (one-time) and likely investment already made   Operational costs (weekly/monthly)  
  Dishes vs Disposable 
Con’sCost overhead for paying dishwasher personnel; Drink refills will not be done using existing cups so many more cups/glasses will need to be washed/sanitized every hour.       Low quality / low cost disposable products will turn some customers away so select your products of choice wisely  
Customers will rightfully scrutinize cleanliness more than ever so keep your dishwasher rack capacity under 95% and confirm the water temp is within acceptable ranges.   
  Much larger waste/trash capacity (storage) needed 
If you are new to dine-in, the cost of dishes, dishwasher and racks, depending on expected volume can be thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in capital expense 

Dishes vs Disposable 

Over time, the cost difference between hard dishware and disposable is not a huge factor.  Disposable can be cheaper and offers very little capital expense (Trash cans and storage capacity) over a full calendar year.  However, if you must have dishwasher personnel on staff anyway to account for staff equipment (pans/utensils, restaurant cleanliness) then the operational cost for disposable is higher but not a huge factor.  The bigger factors to consider in making the decision is image. What experience do you want to give your customers?  All of the other things are just noise as they cancel each other out.  Post Covid-19 customers will accept and in many cases appreciate disposable so for now, except for fine dining, disposable may be the way to go.   

Managing Location Services

Enabling Location Services on your Windows 10 device is sometimes necessary to properly use specific applications. For example; maps won’t be able to give you on-the-fly directions without knowing your origin point. Other types of programs, such as Cortana also require access to your location to provide proper functionality. If you’re a bit of a stickler for privacy, knowing how to disable and manage your device’s location services quickly is essential.

To pinpoint your location, Windows uses a combination of GPS, IP Geolocation, cellular towers, and wireless access points. All information sent from your device is stripped of any personal data and focusses directly on positioning and location. Depending on your device’s hardware, location accuracy may vary.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X at the same time.

2) Select Settings from the Quick Link menu.

3) Select Privacy.

4) Select Location in the left pane.

5) Select Change.

6) Turn on location services by selecting the toggle switch below enable Location access for this device.

7) To allow individual applications access to your location, scroll down on the Location page, then select the toggle switch below, Allow apps to access your location.

8) Select the toggle switch next to the applications that require location access.
Select the switch once again to disable location access.

9) As a fallback, Windows uses your default location when it has trouble detecting your specific location.
On the Location page, scroll down and select Set default.

10) Once Maps loads, select Set default location, then enter the address, or select your position on the map.

11) To delete your location history, select Clear.
Once the little checkmark appears, your location history is properly cleared.