How to Successfully and Easily Run Your Restaurant

May 10, 2019 02:01 PM EDT | By Staff Reporter


Running a profitable restaurant is never easy. And yet hospitality can be one of the most lucrative industries. Restaurants are challenging to run but there is always something that can be done to improve. Being able to meet the demands of finicky customers, achieving true customer satisfaction, manage inventory and ensuring a steady flow of customers are attracted to your restaurant are just some of the important things that restaurant owners must continuously deal with.

Make sure that all of your daily operations run smoothly and seamlessly by following these various guidelines below:

1. Employ helpful technologies

The reason why you might be finding your restaurant so challenging to run is you are still doing things the old fashioned way. Digital technology not only gives us the opportunity to make our personal lives easier but to make your business run more effectively and efficiently.

You can use the Cheetah app to simplify your small and medium sized restaurant supply and inventory process. Cheetah is a restaurant food supplier, where you can easily place orders for fresh ingredients up until midnight, straight from your smartphone, and have them delivered the very next day. This will save you the hassle of sourcing and delivering the ingredients yourself and instead use that time to do what you do best: satisfy your customers and grow your business.

You can also incorporate other tools and apps like workforce management software or inventory management software. There are many technological ways worth exploring to help you run your restaurant cost-effectively.

2. Maintain restaurant menus

Have you ever been to a restaurant then you spot something that you want to order and then find out it's "86'd"? Annoying your customers could inspire them to try another restaurant across the street.
So, remove any item that is unavailable and update the menu if you introduce something new.

Likewise, it is very frustrating for servers to explain why something on the menu is unavailable. Also, it can be tedious for waiters to pitch a new dish or service to the customers verbally. Consider adding a list of daily specials included with their menu.

3. Know how to manage your restaurant finances

Managing your finances can be mentally exhausting for most restaurateurs. This is mainly because there is so much to keep track of in your restaurant. From kitchen operations to the laundry expenditure - it is difficult to manage cash flow. However, you can do something about it. Is someone helping you with your finances? Or do you do it by yourself? If that is the case, then you need to consider hiring an accountant or outsourcing the service. It is the ideal way to reliably keep up with your income, expenditures, and identify financial issues before they snowball and become more costly.

4. Offer great customer service

If you want to keep your financials healthy - providing excellent customer service is vital. Good service will keep customers coming back and become your best ambassadors. Excellent customer service could also save cash that would have otherwise been spent on marketing your restaurant.

Implementing these basic ideas will make running your restaurant easier and enjoyable. More importantly, your customers will appreciate the end results and your bottom line will ultimately improve.

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