We have done many restaurant reviews as a family and have found that some restaurants are thoroughly welcoming, with interesting menus and a lively atmosphere, where others are a little… flat.
Here are a few ideas for restaurant owners who are looking to keep it lively…
It does not matter how fantastic the food and ambiance of your restaurant is, over a period its popularity will die down. With new restaurants opening up at every nook and cranny, people will not want to repeat the same place over and over again, and they will want to try and test out new eateries. If you’re going to keep the customers flowing in even after your restaurant has made a name for itself and been visited by pretty much the entire city, you are going to have to learn the art of keeping things lively restaurant. We have compiled a list of fun and exciting ideas that will help keep your restaurant lively and bustling. Here’s everything you need to know:
Set Up Your Vegetable Patch
People of today are extremely health conscious and prefer eating healthy and organic foods. If you want a repeat and loyal customers, you can set up your very one organic vegetable patch inside your restaurant itself. You can grow tomatoes and basil leaves and other herbs and serve and cook up those fresh and organic products with the meals. You can also choose to team up with local farmers who produce only organic foods for the products that you cannot grow in restaurant’s vegetable patch itself.
Rotating Chefs for Your Restaurant
To keep roping people in and have repeated customers, besides serving excellent food and providing a brilliant ambiance, you also need to give customers something new and exciting. Introducing the concept of rotating chefs in your restaurant can help keep your restaurant lively and happening. You can invite chefs from across the globe to for a few days and have them serve new and exotic cuisines from their respective countries.
Pet-Friendly Restaurants Make a Difference
People today no longer consider their pets as just pets but almost family. People who live alone or are single, enjoy going out for meals where their pets will be allowed. If you want to keep your restaurant buzzing with activity and have repeat customers, making your commercial space pet-friendly may work wonders.
Make Sure You Install Landscaping Products
Another way to keep any space lively and welcoming are by installing plants and trees and other landscape products. If you are unable to install real plants due to maintenance concerns, you can install some gorgeous and lifelike artificial landscaping products. Hanging baskets, flower arrangements, hedges, cherry blossom trees and other such faux landscaping products will give your restaurant a calming, peaceful and charming vibe. When customers feel a sense of calm and comfort at a particular eatery, they tend to keep coming back there often. The next time they visit, they may even bring friends along and help spread the word about your business.
Tie Up With Popular Breweries In Your City
Many people are now running microbreweries and breweries in many places. These breweries offer all kinds of exotic flavors of the beer. If you do not have any signature drink or cocktail in your restaurant, you can tie up with these breweries and offer delicious beers to your customers and clients. You can introduce a new flavor of the month beer every month. Customers will pour in to try out the new flavours, and this will also help keep your business lively.
Have an Ever Changing Theme In Your Restaurant
Besides good food, the ambiance of a restaurant also plays a vital role in keeping the place lively. Over a period of time, customers tends to get bored looking at the same layout and interiors in a restaurant or a coffee shop. You can prevent this from happening by having ever-changing themes in your restaurant. You can have an automobile-themed restaurant for a few months; then you can change that theme into a biker-themed restaurant and so on. You can keep the base theme of your restaurant standard and keep making small tweaks in the decorations to prevent spending too much money on the ambiance.
Let Guests Make Their Meals
Giving your guests the chance to prepare their meals in your restaurant may be an ingenious idea. All you need to do is provide them with the ingredients and have a professional chef guide them on how to toss up all the items together. After the basic chopping, mixing, blending and other preparations are complete, your guests can send out their raw mixtures for cooking in the kitchen. This concept of allowing guests to make their meals works particularly well at pizza restaurants and sushi bars.
Multiple Concepts, One Restaurant
Restaurants that have multiple floors have the liberty to open a different type of eatery concept on each level of the restaurant. If one level has continental foods, another level can have Asian food and so on. You can also give out one of the levels in your restaurants for private parties. You can cater the entire party menu and provide the guests with interesting cocktails and drinks. Restaurants that are open for lunch and dinner can have a relaxed and quiet vibe at lunchtime and a loud and happening vibe at dinner time. You can have instrumental music playing at lunchtime and dance music or lounge music with dim lighting at dinner time. Offering the options of so many varieties to customers will keep them coming back for more and will also help to keep your restaurant lively.
Keeping your restaurant lively isn’t as difficult as it may seem. You need to be a little creative in your concepts and give customers more than what they expect. If you feel like your once happening restaurant is seeing dwindling numbers of customers, just try using one or several of the ideas mentioned above to bring the original liveliness back to your commercial space.
Make your restaurant the most happening commercial eatery in town. Just like the movies, your restaurant too can have a mile long waiting list with just a few tweaks.