The temperature has begun to drop, and frost decorates the grass in the early morning. You know that winter is just around the corner. As a restaurant, you might wonder how to prepare for winter. Preparations for the colder months in the restaurant industry can go a long way in sustaining sales and procuring huge dividends.
Developing a menu can be a complex challenge. However, it doesn’t mean that it should never change. In fact, when winter rolls around, there are some changes that can encourage sales. Some dishes sell more around the holiday season. Consider beefing up your soup menu and adding some pumpkin desserts, too. Here are some popular ideas:
Get creative and see which menu items are a hit!
One of the worst parts of winter is when customers and staff track snow into your warm and cozy restaurant. Not only does this create a slip hazard for guests and staff alike, but it also makes the floors dirty. No one wants to eat in an unclean or unpleasant environment.
Sometimes winter means that people just want to stay in the warmth of their homes. Unfortunately, this means they will not be coming to dine in your restaurant. Cold weather and homebodies bring delivery to a whole new level.
If you already offer delivery, now is your chance to enhance your services. If you don’t, consider hiring your own delivery team or going with a third party organization.
Holiday plans can bring people in who have yet to come to your restaurant. It can also draw back your regular customers staying in during the freezing weather. Consider throwing a holiday event or promotion. Remember to give plenty of notice by planning well ahead of time.
Do you have an event space? Even if you don’t, can you rent your dining room after hours? When sales are lower, focusing more on your event hosting is a great idea. Many families need more space to host their big parties and seek outside vendors. Become a go-to for these events by boosting your event-hosting ads!
Avery Restaurant Consulting offers professional restaurant expertise across most of New England. If your restaurant needs help planning this Winter, contact us!