The restaurant world is a world that is uncomparable to any other. It’s high energy, high stress, high reward when things are going well, and highly disappointing the moment things start backing up in the kitchen and tempers as well as sharp objects are flying. On a good day, things are amazing and it’s the reason that so many people stay in the restaurant business all of their lives.
No matter what is going on in life, people have to eat. It’s often the way they escape the pressures and or monotony of everyday life. People will always go to restaurants, so it’s up to you to be that restaurant that everybody wants to visit no matter the change in their pocketbook, no matter the weather, and no matter how good or bad their day was prior to showing up.
If you run a restaurant, you have a very long checklist of things to get done. Add to that this list of things you should have in your building just in case something unexpected happens:
Proper Kitchen Safety Features
Your kitchen is the lifeblood of your business. If something happens in there, the restaurant no longer runs, so it’s imperative you take all precautions and install proper kitchen safety features. This includes things that are going to keep extreme heat in or out, mats for the slippery floors, fire extinguishers close at hand for the time the souffle gets souf-lit, fully stocked emergency kits, and anything else that is not only code for a restaurant, but keeps your employees safe and your enterprise safe from a lawsuit.
By itself, your restaurant should be able to bring in customers, but if you’re looking to bring in crowds when they could otherwise go somewhere else, you need a ploy to get them in the door. Musicians are the perfect thing to have in your building whenever possible because they draw people in, keep them there, and keep them coming back.
They also encourage your guests to linger, buy more alcohol, and maybe indulge in a dessert. Life music brightens up an atmosphere and those who are walking by the door are bound to come in for a meal if they hear something they like.
Things to Entertain Kids
Every restaurant is going to encounter people who come in with their kids. Kids are your greatest asset. The parents order meals for each of them, as well as drinks, so children automatically up a bill by at least $30 dollars. That’s money in your pocket.
This means you have to have things that are going to entertain kids so that the families come back and the kids don’t destroy your restaurant. Keep in mind that whatever will be used to entertain must also be cleaned up by your servers.