About Chris

Christopher Lee is the Director of ChefZone, The One-Stop Wholesale Club For Restaurants by <a href="">Y. Hata & Co., Limited</a>.

Don’t Throw Away Your Profits: Managing Your Food Cost

  It is no secret that the “profits are in the pennies” when owning or operating a foodservice business. Consumers today, are more price conscious and value driven that foodservice operators must effectively balance their menu prices along with portions to meet their customers expectations. It becomes even more challenging as the cost of food has risen 2.6% per year over the last 20 years and the price of beef alone has increased 14% in 2014 according to USDA numbers.Here are

Avoid Burn Out: Turn Your Passion Into A Great Business

    People who open their own restaurant typically posses a variety of highly efficacious traits. They are hard working, optimistic, creative, dedicated, highly motivated, and most of all passionate about what they do. While many restaurant owners consistently display these characteristics, it’s no secret that many of them find themselves challenged with turning their life long dreams into a successful business. One of the main causes of restaurant failure is that owners get inundated with the details of daily operations. In doing so,

What To Ask Before Choosing An HR Firm

Most employers already know the basics about outsourced HR administration firms (also known as Professional Employer Organizations or PEOs). They provide a service that’s become indispensable for many successful business owners who appreciate letting professionals handle employee-related details like payroll, health benefits administration, workers compensation, and risk management. But as more providers enter the market, it can be hard to differentiate the breadth of services. Here’s what you should ask any HR administration firm before you commit.   How long has your company

Opening Announcement

ChefZone Wholesale Membership Club to Offer 1-Stop Solution for Hawaii’s Foodservice Industry 45,000-Square-Foot Facility to Feature Entrée-preneurshipCenter with Demonstration Kitchen, Tabletop Showroom and Business Center to Help Partners Succeed HONOLULU – ChefZone, Oahu’s first one-stop wholesale club for the foodservice industry, will open for business in 2014, founder Russell Hata announced today. Hata is chairman and CEO of ChefZone’s parent firm, Y. Hata & Company, Limited, a Honolulu-based foodservice distributor celebrating 100 years of doing business in Hawaii. Located five minutes away from Honolulu