Boston Pizza – Franchise Review

Boston Pizza is a Canadian based restaurant chain that known by various names; Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza, Bo Pi or BP. It owns and franchises locations in Canada, the US as well as Mexico. Founded in Edmonton, Alberta in 1964 by Gus Agioritis, Boston Pizza concentrates on the making of pizza, pasta and ribs. It has its headquarters in Richmond, British Columbia and six years since its inception, it already has 17 locations in Western Canada of which 15 were franchised.

A royal Canadian Mounted Police officer was one of the first franchisees, who in 1968 had noticed the growing popularity of Boston Pizza. After purchasing the rights to open his restaurant in British Columbia, he later partnered with his friend and acquired the company from Ron Coyle, who had bought it from Agioritis. They had 16 restaurants, 15 of which they detached and franchised.

They continued to grow and by 1995 their chain had expanded to 95 restaurants in Western Canada with more sports bars founded as an essential part of the business. The expansion continued with the first Eastern Boston Pizza established in 1998. There are currently more than 325 Boston Pizza restaurants in Canada alone.

The United States version of Boston Pizza is known as Boston’s and the first franchise was established in the U.S in 1998. With its headquarters located in Dallas, Texas, Boston’s Gourmet Pizza became a casual dining restaurant and sports bar in the US serving different varieties of pizza, pasta, sandwiches and other delicious meals. It offers a family eating atmosphere with the sports bar consisting of the local teams memorabilia. It is convenient for a family outing or sporting fans. To date, Boston’s has 54 units in the US and 2 franchises in Mexico.

Boston Pizza got a big financial and business boost when it became the official pizza supplier for Expo 86 in Vancouver. This gave the company exposure enabling it to open 17 more franchises in the next 2 years. It is ranked in the top 100 in the fastest growing franchises as well as in America’s top global franchises.
The total revenue in the year 2007 was $755 million with a total investment of $1.7 million to 3.1 million. The franchise fee is $50,000 with a 5% ongoing royalty fee. In order to qualify as a franchise investor, you should have a net worth of $1.5 million and a cash liquidity requirement of $500,000 and general business experience. A franchised unit needs to be run by at least 7 employees and an absent owner of a franchise is prohibited.

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Wireless Sound Systems – Boston Acoustics TVee Powered Soundbar Speaker System

Although anybody can learn to appreciate the joy of a high-end home theater system, not all of us are willing to fork out the amount of cash to purchase one. Also, there are many of us who are not willing to ruin the aesthetics of our room by installing a bulky 7 piece sound system in our living room. Boston Acoustics has come up with a system that creates a beautiful balance between form and function. Here is a quick review of the Boston Acoustics TVee Powered soundbar wireless speaker system.

This model consists of one stereo sound bar and a wireless sub-woofer. Simplicity is the spirit behind this sound system. From its design to its functions, everything from setting up to using this system is simple. Besides the power cable, you would only need to connect one single cable from the speaker to the TV and you are done!

The wireless sub-woofer can be placed anywhere around the room. All it needs is a power socket nearby. As subwoofers are bulky and often unsightly, it is very helpful that you can neatly tuck it away in a corner. Unlike many sub-woofer designs, the sub-woofer that comes with the Boston Acoustics TVee Powered soundbar wireless speaker system boasts a sleek and unconventional design. It resembles more of a tiny stool rather than a speaker. Cute!

The main sound bar is powered by 100 watts of energy, which is more than enough to complement the in-built speakers of your TV. The audio produce from the speakers are pretty good, perfect for a small or medium sized room. Another cool feature is its remote system. The sound bar automatically learns to adjust to the signals of your TV’s remote. The volume of the speakers increases and decreases according to your TV’s volume control.

Tools and Tips For Bartending – Essential Bar Tending Tools

If you are to take up the art of bar tending you need to have the right tools.

These tools are essential to the profession. They are what allows you to mix, stir, shake and store your drinks. Without the right tools to practice at home bar tending will be harder to learn. Here is a list of tools you must have to be good at this profession or maybe just a hubby. These can easily be found in any bar supply store or a liquor store.

Essential Bar-tending tools

Wine Opener, not just any wine opener, you should Invest in the waiter’s wine opener. Why? Well, because apart from the long cork screw, it has a sharp blade edge and bottle opener.

Get a Cocktail Shaker – there are two types of shakers, the Boston shaker and the standard shaker and any of the two will be perfect for bar tending. The Boston shaker has a more professional touch but if you choose to use the standard shaker you will be just fine. You can always get the Boston shaker when you can afford to lay your hands on it.

You will need a Strainer – the most widely used strainer in bars is called the hawthorn strainer. It can be easily used on the top of a shaker or bar glass to strain any cocktail.

Some Other Tools you will need includes but not limited to the following:

Bar Spoon: Long spoon that used to Stir mixed drinks.

A High speed Blender: This is used to crush ice or blend different variety of drinks into one cocktail.

Ice Bucket: Obviously, Used to hold ice.

Ice Scoops: used to scoop ice as you must never use your hands to transfer ice.

Measuring Glass: the measuring glass that you get, must be able measure up to 2 oz and down to 1/2 oz.

Smart Serving Tips

  • Always have punch available for light drinkers.
  • Hirer a professional bartender
  • Use only clean and fresh ice
  • Use only fresh Fruits
  • Chill your glasses before you use them to serve and put them out five minutes before you use them.
  • Make sure you use a shot glass for shots nothing more nothing less.
  • Use lower proof alcohol in mixtures and cocktails.
  • Use tools to serve ice like tongs. Do not use your hands.
  • Be sure to have non-alcoholic drinks available like tea and coffee.
  • Serve hot drinks in a container which has a handle.
  • Rubbing wax paper over bottle tops with no pourer will prevent dripping
  • Close the bar an hour before the party ends

When Buying drinks be sure to purchase drinks that are popular. Though they are popular, you will find that many of these drinks may not be expensive. Due to the fact that they are well known, individuals will be asking for them and you had better be able to please the crowd. It would be rather unfortunate to have a well stock bar filled with unknown drinks.