What can you do to track down your progress on profit or expenses? When progress in numbers is checked, solid evidence is always needed because it's the only basis of how much a restaurant is earning or losing each day. Is it doing well by average or is it doing better compared to how much you have expected it to earn from day 1? You need to always check on this on a regular basis because it could make or break your business.
You also need to know the volume trend of your restaurant and a report of the managerial efficiency for both the customers and the restaurant during hours of operation. This way, you'll have a clearer picture of what else or how much more your benefits are going to be if you had another way to run your business. Also, you will need to check the classification of each of your restaurant's division. Check on the revenue of the productivity of each producing department. In this case, you will need to take a look at the revenue on your bottomless iced tea if it does bring money to the cash register or if it doesn't make any difference at all.
Take control of the part where scheduled expenses are needed to be done. Also, if you have it laid out well, it's going to give you a clearer idea on which part you're losing and gaining most. You will also have an easy access if you need to intervene on one aspect of your business because you have the figures to help you out.
The big question "where did my money go?" will be simply answered if you have all the supporting facts in front of you. It will be less stressing to have something to grab and look at compared to just sitting there and thinking about what went wrong.