Restaurant Update: Into the Great Beyond

April 9, 2020By Jean Hagan

As discussions about the success of flattening the curve of the pandemic are encouraging everyone that we will get through this eventually, now the page turns to how do we get reopened and get our businesses back up and operating. The first thing everyone has to do is recognize that the restaurant industry after this Read the full article…

Jean Hagan Brings Decades of Restaurant Operations Experience to the Culinary Institute of America as Newly Appointed Adjunct Professor

November 19, 2019By KROST CPAs

Jean Hagan, Principal of KROST CPAs & Consultants and leader of the firm’s restaurant consulting practice, has recently taken on an additional title as Adjunct Professor of Restaurant Operations and Management Strategies at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Her first course, Operations and Management Strategies for the Restaurateur, began this fall. Jean teaches the Read the full article…

Mid-Year Tip Check

August 5, 2019By Jean Hagan

It’s time to do a short analysis of your status, regarding tip reporting. The annual filing form 8027 for tipping establishments is calculated on an annual basis-reported to the IRS in February. A mid-year tip check gives you some time to correct any issues you may have with individual employees or your employee group. As Read the full article…

Minimum Wage Increases 2019

June 6, 2019By KROST CPAs

On July 1, 2019, the minimum wage will increase in the cities of Los Angeles & Santa Monica, and the County of Los Angeles. The City and County of Los Angeles Minimum Wage Ordinances both mandated annual wage increases until it reaches $15.00 per hour on July 1,2020. Small businesses (less than 25 employees) have Read the full article…

Year End Updates

December 4, 2018By Jean Hagan

As the year ends, we need to review some of the changes coming in January 2019. Please see below for a short summary of the issues that affect the restaurant industry in California. Minimum Wage Increase at State Level Current for unincorporated areas of Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County, Malibu, and Santa Monica minimum Read the full article…

The End of To-Go Supplies

May 29, 2018By Jean Hagan

Things are changing rapidly at both the local level and the state level. Those changes will soon begin to impact what materials will be allowed to be used by restaurant operators for to go orders. This is one of the times that you want to be ahead of the curve on designing a comprehensive paper Read the full article…

Lunch Business – Old & New

March 22, 2018By Jean Hagan

I grew up outside of Philadelphia (so yes – Fly Eagles Fly)! I’m not going to disclose my age and will hereafter refer to this time as “back in the day”. So, back in the day, there was a famous restaurant near Head House Square called Bookbinders. Opened in 1893, It was originally referred to Read the full article…

Does the New Tax Code Affect Your Business?

March 21, 2018By Jean Hagan

There are several changes in the new tax code that may or may not affect your sales. We are particularly concerned about lunch and daytime event sales, as these are the areas that could be affected the most. Code section 13304 in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) amends the IRC section 274 about Read the full article…

The Year of Minimum Wage Increases

September 5, 2017By Jean Hagan

We thought it was time to do a review on the effect of minimum wage increases year after year. Since January of 2016, we have experienced four minimum wage increase here in the Los Angeles area. January 2016 the wage increased to $10.00 an hour, July of 2016 we had a Los Angeles area increase Read the full article…