A great dining experience pairs food with exemplary service & ambiance. Some restaurants have great food, but the service falls short or maybe guests are treated to fine service, but the food is average. Rare is the restaurant that offers all three and if you own a restaurant, know that this is what your guests are seeking.
Chef James Clary has owned and managed many fine dining restaurants and one of his secrets to success was treating every guest as if they were the “most-important” guest, even when his restaurant was a full-house. Why are so many restaurants in the hospitality business missing the hospitality?
There is nothing more powerful than a consistent and effective pre-shift meeting. Follow the lead of professional sports teams. They have pregame meetings, concluding with a big huddle and cheer! This is the ideal time to 1) ensure your entire staff is on their A game 2) that everyone knows the game plan and 3) that the entire staff head onto the floor with excitement!
When it comes to BRANDING and CUSTOMER SERVICE, some businesses just GET IT! Don’t be afraid to look outside of the restaurant industry for inspiration and ideas!
Hey There Rockstars…
My latest Riff is all about the importance of consistency provided by your restaurant service team whether in the dining room or bar, no matter your price point. Listen as I share a recent story of fantastic food overshadowed by inconsistent service.