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BUILDING BLOCKS N I C K B OG A C Z
* What permits will you need,
and how soon will they be
approved?
* What are your contractors'
schedules like? Be sure they
know your expectations.
* Factor in your personal life
- is there anything that
changes the schedule?
* *Remember: Time is money.
Construction & Contractors
Once
work starts, make a
daily appearance on site. Not
only do contractors seem to
get more accomplished when
their client is around, regular
communication keeps you
updated on progress and helps
you address any potential issues
( " potential " is probably being
generous).
Most importantly, stick to
Opening a New
Store Fast, Part 2
L
ast month, our guide to opening a new
store in a hurry was all about what
to do before you had the keys to the
front door (quick reminder: plan, plan, plan).
Th is month, the deal is fi nalized, the keys are
in your hands - and the fun begins.
Opening Day?
Hopefully, you have yet to set a date for
when you want to open. Maybe it's being a
little too cunning, but I always keep the real
date hidden so everyone moves at a much
faster pace. I might off er a date that is one to
two weeks earlier than the one I have lined
up in my head.
But when it comes to picking that " true "
opening day, keep these points in mind:
the payment schedule. When
contractors are paid on time,
they work a lot faster.
Equipment
You should have already
ordered your equipment and
supplies. Testing it to be sure it
works as advertised is important,
but there's a catch - test
it all at once. I've made the
regrettable mistake of testing
equipment separately, only to
fi nd out that when it was all on
at the same time, I didn't have
enough electricity or gas to
operate everything together.
Don't leave out existing equipment,
either, including furnaces,
air conditioning units and
refrigerators.
Staff
With the contractors moving
on pace and the equipment
working, now you can focus on
the smaller things - ordering
menus, d├ęcor, glassware, etc. -
plus one big thing: bringing in
the new staff .
Having the staff come
together for the initial cleanup
and fi nal stages of prep
work helps with their buy-in,
making them feel like a real
team. I have at least two preopening
meetings - once for
a big cleaning event, and then
a more general staff meeting.
Host individual meetings, too,
if certain staff ers require more
specifi c training.
Marketing
As the opening draws closer,
or you're at least ready to
announce the date, reach out
to public offi cials to inform
them of your new business and
a grand opening event (we love
ribbon-cuttings).
Get on social media, too.
Post photos and status updates
of the in-progress store, as people
love to see the ins and outs
of a restaurant being constructed.
Maybe the night before the
opening host a walkthrough on
Facebook Live to build hype in
the community.
Soon enough, you'll cut the
ribbon and be the new hot spot
in town, but how do you handle
the pressure? Th at's what's next
in Building Blocks.
NICK BOGACZ is the founder and president of Caliente Pizza & Draft House in Pittsburgh. Instagram: @caliente_pizza
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Pizza Today - July 2022

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pizza Today - July 2022

Commentary
Digital
Conversation
Mike's Monthly Tip
Man on the Street
Building Blocks
On Deck
Knead to Know
Destination
Makeline Efficiency
Consistency Through Turnover
St. Louis Style Pizza
Summer Cocktails
Inflation Tactics
Rising Stars
Product Showcase
Pizza Today/Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader's Resource
Expo Spotlight
Pizza Today - July 2022 - CT1
Pizza Today - July 2022 - CT2
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Cover1
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Cover2
Pizza Today - July 2022 - Commentary
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - 5
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - Digital
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - Conversation
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - Mike's Monthly Tip
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - Man on the Street
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - Building Blocks
Pizza Today - July 2022 - 17
Pizza Today - July 2022 - On Deck
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - Knead to Know
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - Destination
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - Makeline Efficiency
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - Consistency Through Turnover
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - St. Louis Style Pizza
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - Summer Cocktails
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - Inflation Tactics
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Pizza Today - July 2022 - Rising Stars
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