Although it is natural to put a tremendous amount of thought into the interior design of your restaurant’s dining area, it is equally important to invest in the design of the kitchen. A well-designed kitchen can have a positive effect on your staff; on the food preparation; and on the end results.
Having a website is an absolute necessity for most businesses today. This is particularly true for restaurants due to an emerging trend in the industry that is helping to increase sales: online ordering. Customers will often visit a restaurant website to learn all about it, including the menu. Now, however, customers expect more; the savvy restaurant customer wants to be able to order online.
No matter what type of cooking-related business you’re thinking of launching, equipment – and the related budget – is a vital consideration. Regardless of whether you’re opening a small catering concern out of your home kitchen or if you’re jumping into the deep end with a gourmet restaurant in the ritziest part of town, the “meat and potatoes” of your business is not actually edible.
Did you know that there are now 80 million Millennials in the U.S.? This group of individuals born between 1982 and 2000 now outnumbers the Baby Boomers — previously holder of the title, “Largest Generation Ever”– and makes up a full quarter of the nation’s population, according to the United Census Bureau.
Transforming one-time consumers into loyal restaurant customers is a key to success for most businesses. This holds particularly true for restaurants, and yet can be even harder to achieve due to the challenging combination of the increasingly competitive industry and today’s informed, empowered diners.
While embracing your sense of social responsibility is reason enough to give back to your local community, doing so also comes with an ancillary benefits for restaurants which make charitable efforts part of their strategies.
The National Restaurant Association declared “sustainable seafood” to be number nine on its list of the “Top 20 Food Trends” for 2016. Also making the cut? “Locally sourced meats and seafood,” as well as “environmental sustainability”.
All three add up to one major takeaway for forward-thinking restaurant owners and managers. If you’re not aiming to show off your commitment to serving up sustainable seafood, you’re falling short of fulfilling some key requirements among today’s diners.
We’ve all heard the expression, “You eat with your eyes.” And while your diners aren’t going to chow down on an actual menu design anytime soon, the look of your menus can not only make or break what diners order but also weigh into their overall dining experience.