By empowering foodservice businesses to make better financial decisions, Kitchen Friend is the hospitality industry’s newest BFF.
In the highly competitive foodservice industry, a lack of control over kitchen finances can bring any business closer to ruin. An inability to identify profitable dishes, difficulties pinpointing reducible food costs, and failure to provide value-add menu items result in unhappy customers and a paltry bottom line.
But what if a small restaurant had access to kitchen finance management tools typically reserved for large hospitality businesses with deep pockets? What if a small restaurant or café were able to increase menu profitability, reduce food costs, fix menu weaknesses, and maintain food quality using a menu management tool designed specifically for the hospitality industry? The result would be a much more even playing field.
Kitchen Friend is a menu costing and profit analyser that was built with one goal in mind: to empower kitchens of all sizes to take control of their finances.
The idea for Kitchen Friend first came to Daniel Vid in 2009. While working as an operations manager for a hospitality company, he could not find a suitable recipe calculator application. The thought of launching a menu costing and profit analyser crept into Daniel’s mind and soon, the idea was being formally explored and developed.
Originally, Kitchen Friend’s genesis platform was scheduled to be an iOS application. However, given the nature of the foodservice industry, Daniel decided that Kitchen Friend had to be a desktop application first. At this point, it was apparent that a team of skilled developers needed to be put together in order to bring Kitchen Friend to life.
After hiring – and firing – some unqualified and unreliable developers, Daniel realized he needed a professional agency.
“I came across some stinkers as well as some great coders,” Daniel explained. “However, even the great ones were a pain to deal with as they would go AWOL for days or weeks and I would be sitting around waiting for updates.
“Then I began working with NapkinBetaBeyond. Their team manages all the developers and, should there be any issue, they take care of assigning a new developer and briefing them on my project. Removing that stress from my plate is invaluable.”
By leveraging the NapkinBetaBeyond team, Daniel gained access to a skilled group of professionals who provided intangibles that were lacking among previous developers that Daniel had contracted: agility and transparency. NapkinBetaBeyond’s CIS+ WorkflowSM, 1:1SupportSM, and Big TeamSM approach to collaborating with Daniel culminated in the official launch of Kitchen Friend, a beautifully designed kitchen finance management application. With signups increasing each week, the future looks bright for Daniel and Kitchen Friend.
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