Why I Like Restaurants

I probably enjoy restaurants more than most other people do. I love to try different types of foods and I am not much of a cook myself. I find it too time consuming to shop for the ingredients, cook the food, and then have to clean up after I am done. I regularly meet with a couple of friends at a restaurant for lunch on a weekly basis. We have a great time hanging out together and enjoying the food.

Most of the time we have a great experience at the restaurant we have chosen. Of course we have had to go through plenty of trials in order to compile a list of where we will get a great meal as well as all of the other elements to go along with it. Even if the food is good, I am not willing to sit in a restaurant that isn’t clean, doesn’t offer friendly service, or where I feel like I am paying too much for the food I just ate.

Of course there are some restaurants where I really miss their food, but I can do without it due to the let down of the overall experience. I don’t like it when the employees aren’t friendly, the tables aren’t clean, or when I have waited all day to order a particular item off of the menu and they are out of it. Since we often go out for lunch, I have to get back to work at a set time. If it takes most of it for me to order and to get my food then it doesn’t leave much time to enjoy eating it.

Too many restaurant owners simply don’t understand what it is that attracts me and others to their business. They seem to think if they are great cooks then people should be lined up to get inside. Well, I will tell you that good food is only part of the equation. If I am going to pay the money that I have worked so hard for, I want to have an experience that is wonderful.

Since I know leaving a restaurant is going to cost me money that is in my wallet, I want to have some confidence in the establishment where I am going. Consistently offering customers a quality experience from the moment they enter a restaurant should be the goal of every owner. This is the best way to get word of mouth advertising in your favor to take place. There is also the chance that it won’t be positive information that is being passed along if you aren’t focuses on all of the needs of the customers.

I enjoy traveling a great deal as well so I get to try out new restaurants. I will often base my decision on what I am in the mood for. Sometimes I am attracted to those that are a chain operation. I know exactly what I will be getting and I know I am going to enjoy it. However, I have had experiences at these types of chain restaurants that I wasn’t happy with so there is no guarantee.

I do keep track of the restaurants I visit while I travel. I love to share my opinion about them both online and with other people I know. The overall package is what I am looking for with a restaurant. I think many other people are looking for that same thing. Good food is important but the establishment, the service, and the prices are important to people as well.

There is too much competition out there for restaurants not to cover all the basis elements. Offering a delicious menu is just one aspect of the business to focus on. There are many other pieces of the overall puzzle that have to be in place for it all to work out. I love restaurants and eating out, but I will only be spending my time and money in those establishments that have plenty to offer me.

Little Things That Make A Restaurant Great

There are a handful of little things that make a restaurant great. You may be surprised that they don’t all have to do with the food that you serve or even the price that you charge for it. Paying attention to these details can make the difference between a person come into your establishment once and coming in again as a regular customer.

Everyone likes to feel comfortable when they come to a restaurant. Make sure that the chairs and booths you have are very comfortable to sit in. If you discover tears or stains you should do your best to take care of replacing them as soon as possible. It is also important that your seats are the right height for the tables.

Some people are larger than others so a booth may not be the most comfortable location. I can remember going to a restaurant eight months pregnant and given a small booth to squeeze into instead of a table. Since there were several tables open I asked for one but it would have been nice if the choice had been offered.

While you have probably trained your staff to keep things clean, make sure they wipe down all the seats and the tables thoroughly. Sometimes sticky substances remain that can’t be seen as they blend in to the color of the table. The next customer isn’t going to appreciate setting their hands on the table and finding the mess though.

One of the biggest mistakes in a restaurant is the quality of the staff. You can teach them how to prioritize their time and serve meals, but you really can’t teach people basic communication skills. You need to look for individuals that are outgoing and willing to interact with people. Some people will never return to a given restaurant based on the way they were treated by an employee.

It is very frustrating when your needs aren’t met at a restaurant. Constantly having to get the attention of the waitress for ketchup, napkins, a drink refill, or other things can quickly become frustrating. Staff needs to be detail oriented so they can anticipate such needs to help the customers enjoy their meal. This type of assistance means a great deal to your customers.

Don’t forget to take some time to focus on the quality of the bathrooms you offer. Guests will expect them to be stocked with the items they need including soap, toilet paper, and paper towels. Try to get an employee to check them over on an hourly basis. This way you can take care of any issues that may be found in there.

In order for people to really enjoy their experience in a restaurant, they need to be comfortable. They want to have delicious foods offered to them but that is just the tip of the iceberg for the experience. The more you take care of the little things relating to your restaurant, the more successful your business will be.

Is A Restaurant Franchise Right For You?

People tend to gravitate towards what it familiar, they want to know they can trust what they are going to get. When it comes to eating out, people don’t want to waste their hard earned money on foods that aren’t delicious. It can be hard to motivate people to try something new in this particular niche. Many individuals struggle to decide if they want to open their own restaurant and offer their own menu or go with a chain name that people quickly recognize.

The amount of consumers you are automatically going to have access to due to being a chain restaurant just can’t be beat. People are motivated by what they like, and if they don’t know anything about your business is it going to be difficult to get them through the door. You will have to work hard to advertise and depend on word of mouth before that trickle of people turns into a steady flow.

Yet not all of the publicity that comes from franchise restaurants is positive. I am sure you have heard plenty of stories in the news and online lately. Such incidents are quite isolated but they still have a huge impact on all of the franchise locations. It takes time to regain the trust of consumers. In the mean time you may have to struggle with the fact that your business revenue has decreased substantially. Give it time though and the incident will likely pass.

Many people are afraid to start their own business because they have read plenty of material that tells then more than half fail. While these statistics are true, don’t let them prevent you from following your dreams. That statistic also means that half of them didn’t fail – and you have a good chance of being in that group since you are carefully doing research instead of jumping in right away.

With a chain restaurant, you will get plenty of guidance and training. They will make sure you have all the key elements you need to be a successful business owner. You may find this to offer you the encouragement you need to move forward with opening your own business. Keep in mind that your individuality will be limited with this type of business operation though.

You may find that to get into a franchise restaurant you have to come up with thousands of dollars. The specifics will depend on the type of franchise you are interested in. There is also the reality that they may not approve you to start up a franchise. They may not feel that you are qualified or that it is a good location. There is security in a franchise restaurant though as fewer of them fail than independent restaurants.

Some restaurant owner’s are very disappointed with a chain restaurant image. They feel that they lose their individuality in the process. You will be very limited in advertising and ways that you manage your business. You may have to provide specific types of uniforms and a specific type of layout for the design of the business. You won’t be able to decorate it to suit your tastes.

Operating a franchise restaurant works well for some people but not for others. This isn’t something you can jump into and then easily get out of. Therefore you really need to do your homework in advance. Don’t get caught up in the image of the franchise restaurant that you know. Dig deeper to find out what is going on behind the scenes. You will likely only get one shot at a successful restaurant whether it is a franchise or not. Take your time to make it a very successful restaurant.