Spring is now here, and despite it still being chilly out right now, spring brings excitement to people and restaurants for the return of warmer weather and dining outside. Dealing with seasonality is second nature within the restaurant industry. However, restaurants that have learned how to capitalize on every season are the ones who are drawing new customers in and keeping them coming back. Spring is when restaurants begin to pick up business, and it is crucial to the success of your eatery and bottom line to be ready. Has your menu been upgraded? Is your patio prepared? Read on for some tips for preparing your restaurant for the spring!
Spring Cleaning Should Come First
A clean and sanitized restaurant should be the top priority when it comes to dining. Especially in a world of post-COVID, it is crucial. This means you have to take spring cleaning to the next level within your restaurant. Customers want visible evidence of cleanliness, which is vital to them feeling safe. You could attract guests to your restaurant when you post publicly on your social media for your cleaning efforts. If your indoor dining was closed for an extended period, cleaning and sanitizing is even more important before reopening. Prepare the restaurant by setting up various sanitation stations to help make sure your cleaning efforts are ongoing during all the operating hours.
Prepare for Outdoor Patio Season.
Restaurants tend to see a swift increase in business during the warmer seasons since it is more appealing for customers to go outside. This means the patio and outdoor dining is back! Guests love to indulge in outdoor dining, and post-COVID, this is even more appealing since open-air environments make people more comfortable. Do you have any umbrellas to keep your customers shaded? Or a patio awning for when it does rain? The best patios are equipped with the proper tools to handle all of the last-second changes. You could also keep business flowing on the patio during the night by adding a set of string lights. These are an excellent way to attract people walking or driving around to come to eat with you.
Update the Menu with Seasonal Items
Updating the menu is a must for preparing for spring. Your guests’ preferences are changing, and your menu might reflect that with some in-season produce. On a hot day, your customers will want something light and fresh, not the usual hearty dishes you served during the winter. Keep all this in mind this spring while running your eatery.
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