He claims to buy tomatoes at 20% less than what a small restaurant would pay because he buys so many (1.5 million last year). At Dos Caminos, chef Ivy Stark's goal is to keep ingredient costs at or below 26% of the menu price. (Comparable ratio at a fast-food franchise: 30%.) That means that on a $4 order of guacamole, Stark can't use more than $1 worth of avocados.
Hanson has a guest-recognition program that stores 3 million phone numbers, but thats no surprise in this age of OpenTable. What is good to know is this: If a couple dining at Wildwood looks bored, they might get two glasses of Cold Ass beer on the house. Then again, this didnt work when we were there.
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