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Get your restaurant ready for summer: key tactics

Av Jenny Westerberg, 18 mar 2024

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As spring and summer finally approach, there are a number of things you should consider as a restaurant owner. Let's dive into the preparations you should start now, to ensure that your restaurant is the obvious choice this summer.

Embrace the power of technology – yes, it's essential!

To provide your guests with the best possible service and to ensure that your restaurant operates smoothly at peak level, it is crucial to equip yourself with the best technical tools available for restaurants.

Handheld POS systems – spend more time with your customers

Utilizing mobile ordering and payment solutions on a singular device for wait staff offers significant advantages for restaurants. This approach enables staff to remain at the outdoor terrace or dining area to take both orders and payments without the hassle of running back and forth between guests and the POS system. Such efficiency not only streamlines the ordering and payment processes but also elevates the guest experience.

You can also see a faster table turnover and an increased average bill, as the staff is always on hand to take additional orders and can provide tips and recommendations.

QR-ordering and payment – minimizing wait times

Using a QR-code solution helps you increase efficiency and customer service. Customers can scan the QR code, browse the menu, place their orders, and make payments without waiting for a server. This reduces wait times and improves the overall dining experience, particularly beneficial during peak hours or when the restaurant is short-staffed. 

Integrations are the name of the game

Ensuring that your POS system, inventory management, scheduling system, table reservation, and other core systems are interconnected is crucial for seamless operational flow. A solid foundation that minimizes administrative hours can be a game-changer during the hectic spring and summer months.

Moreover, being well-prepared with integrated systems sets the stage for running a profitable business in the long term.

Be on top of your data

Knowledge is power and by analyzing your data it will help your understand sales trends, popular menu items, where you earn money and recognize peak times. With this valuable information you can plan better and improve your operations for this coming season. You can take more informed decisions, tailor your offerings, and optimize your staffing to meet demand efficiently.

Get your restaurant ready for the summer

Outdoor dining, seasonal menus, and special offers

While staying updated with the latest technological tools is crucial, preparing your venue to be welcoming, comfortable, and weather-resistant is equally important. The sun might not shine every day, but many guests still prefer dining al fresco. Ensure your outdoor space is ready to accommodate them, come rain or shine.

Revitalize your menu with seasonal ingredients and introduce summer specials. This approach not only appeals to food aficionados but also supports sustainability by incorporating local produce. 

Focus on your staff

Your staff are your most valuable asset. Invest in training and education to build a knowledgeable and confident team. Exceptional service from well-prepared staff can transform first-time visitors into loyal patrons. Discover more about effective staff onboarding and training strategies here.

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