If you’re passionate about the food industry and are currently dreaming of turning your dream of opening your own cafe or restaurant into a reality, you’ve come to the right place. Simply continue reading to discover a few handy tips which will help you survive your first year in the food industry.
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Fine tune your menu after a couple of months:
After the first few months in operation you should start to get a good idea of which items on your menu are popular and which items on your menu, you may want to switch out. As it always pays to cater to your clients’ taste buds. As an example if you find that a seafood dish is the most popular dish on your restaurant’s menu, you may want to add a second seafood dish to your menu. Which may convince your satisfied client base to return to your cafe or restaurant on a more frequent basis.
Encourage happy customers to leave your business a glowing review on Yelp:
You may want to offer a loyalty scheme where customers who post a positive review about your cafe or restaurant on Yelp or Google Reviews will receive a free drink or a complimentary entree. Alternatively you may want to offer your customers a percentage discount off their meal in exchange for a positive review. As one of the best ways to market your business is by word of mouth and honest customer reviews. Especially as most individuals will check out a new cafe or restaurant’s online reviews, before they choose to make a booking.
Make sure that your dishes are packed full of flavor:
If your customers complain that your dishes lack flavor, they are highly unlikely to recommend your restaurant to their friends or to revisit your restaurant in a hurry. So it’s a great idea to talk to your chefs to ensure that all of your dishes are packed full of flavour such as flavourful herbs and spices.
Hand select each member of your staff:
Instead of letting one of your managers hire your front of house staff and kitchen staff, it’s a great idea to take things into your own hands and to hand select wait staff, chefs and kitchen staff who have the skills and attitude that you think will make your cafe or restaurant a success.
So if you’re determined to launch a successful cafe or restaurant, make sure to use all of the handy tips which are listed above to help you exceed your business’ goals for its first year.