Monthly Archives: September 2019

  1. Pots, Pans, and Stoves--Oh My!

    Pots, Pans, and Stoves--Oh My!

    There are so many different types of pots, pants, cookware utensils, etc. that can be used when preparing food, but what is necessary for your restaurant? Cookware can fall to the wayside when planning the layout/design and menu of your restaurant, but you can’t forget about the cookware because that’s how you get that delicious food to your customers. Here are some of the necessities for your restaurant below:

    Skillet

    Cast-iron skillets are essential to your restaurant because they're multi-functional and can prepare multiple foods. Skillets give you the ability to sear, bake, and fry foods, and some skillets can be built into your stovetop. Skillets cook food evenly because they retain heat when being used.

    Grill Pan aka Griddle Pan

    Anything that would normally be cooked on a grill can be cooked on this grill pan! It’s a viable substitute for an outdoor grill and is essential when cooking any meat. You can cook fish, burgers, chicken, vegetables, and more on this pan. Some grill pans come with a press that is perfect for making panini and grilled cheese sandwiches!

     Wok

    Originating in China, woks are known for being helpful in cooking a large amount of food at one time. These pans are big, have long handles, and tall, sloped sides to keep the food from sliding out. Pasta dishes, stir-fry’s, and more can be cooked in this pan.

    Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a veteran restaurant, those are just some of the pans that you should have in your restaurant kitchen and they can make your life a lot easier. Click on the link to go look at these pans and more: https://www.restaurantsupply.com/commercial-cookware!

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  2. Restaurant App Accessibility

    Restaurant App Accessibility

     

    Having an app for your restaurant will enhance your customers’ experience and make you more accessible to the public. The more accessible you are, the more likely a customer is to give your restaurant a try. Mobile apps that give customers the ability to order online, view the menu, and view prices are becoming more popular and people love it for the ease that it gives them in deciding on a restaurant to eat at. Below we’ll explain to you just why creating a mobile app for your restaurant is beneficial:

    1. You can serve more customers at once.
    2. The app provides you with free marketing and promotions by raising awareness about your restaurant.
    3. The app can help you create a client base.
      • Combine with loyalty programs/rewards making customers more apt to use social media to promote your brand
    4. You can use the statistics from the app to learn more about what’s working and what’s not.
    5. Customers will be sure to order more because all they have to do is hit a button on their smartphone!
      • Convenience
      • Prefer using app over calling restaurant

     Whether you like it or not, the world is moving more digital and this is one trend that you should take advantage of. A mobile app for you restaurant is sure to increase your visibility and increase your online orders.

     

     

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  3. Restaurant Faucets

    Restaurant Faucets

    We’ve already touched upon what type of sinks can be used in your restaurant, but the right type of faucet is just as important! Faucets are vital to the functionality of your restaurant and, if need be, can be installed on sinks that already exist. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular faucets that you can use in your restaurant:

     Deck Mounted Faucets

    • Mounts directly on to sink or countertop
    • Generally less expensive than other types of faucets

     Wall Mounted Faucets

    • Mounts on wall and extends over sink
    • Most commonly used faucet
    • Chosen for its modern look

     Pre-rinse Faucet

    • Allows you to quickly clean cookware, glassware, etc. before placing in dishwasher
    • High water pressure means no need to wash by hand before entering dishwasher
    • Conserves more water than other types of faucets

     Pro tip: it’s always important to remember that if you’re starting from scratch to buy the faucet before the sink! We have all these types of faucets and more on our website: https://www.restaurantsupply.com/restaurant-plumbing-and-faucets.

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  4. Hot Alcoholic Drinks

    Hot Alcoholic Drinks

    With the weather taking a turn for the cooler, you should think about introducing hot, alcoholic drinks to your menu. You can even customize the drinks to fit the season and the holiday. You might want to add a pumpkin-type drink to your fall menu (especially before Halloween), and a mint-type drink around December.

     Pumpkin Toddy

    • 1 oz apple brandy
    • ½ oz rye whiskey
    • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
    • ½ oz grade b maple syrup
    • 1 tsp pumpkin purée
    • 2 drops Angostura bitters
    • Grafted cinnamon
    • Water

     Add all the ingredients except water to a preheated mug, top with 5 oz of boiling water, and stir to combine. Top with grated cinnamon if you wish to add a garnish to the drink.

     Hot Buttered Rum

    • 2 oz gold rum
    • 1 tbsp buttered rum batter
    • Boiling water
    • Cinnamon stick garnish
    • Freshly grated nutmeg garnish

     Add the rum and butter to a mug, fill with boiling water, and stir to make the perfect, warm drink on a chilly day.

     

    There are plenty more warm drinks to spice your customers up in the cold weather and we wouldn’t want you to forget about serving classic Eggnog around the holidays. Serve it to your customers with a twist, or the traditional way, and that’ll be certain to bring some cheer to your restaurant. Give people a reason to leave their house in the cold with the promise of a drink that will be certain to give them a warm buzz!

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  5. Drinks from the Past

    Drinks from the Past

    Can you guess how many different types of alcoholic drinks there are today? No? Well neither can we and we won’t even try because there are just too many to count! Not only are there different types of drinks, but all bartenders have their own spin on every drink they make, which is slightly different from the bartender making the same drink next to them. It makes sense that there are many drinks that have fallen to the wayside and got lost in the shuffle. Below are some drinks that we think might be useful to bring back for your menu:

     

    Bombay Sapphire

    This drink is a colorful take on the classic gin & tonic and is sweeter than the original.

    Ingredients:

    • 1.75 ounces Bombay Sapphire Gin
    • 0.50 ounce blue curacao
    • 1 sprig rosemary
    • 1 lemon wedge
    • Light tonic water

    Add the Bombay Sapphire, curacao, rosemary, lemon, and gently squeezed lemon wedge to a glass and swirl well to combine. Fill the glass with cubed ice and top with light tonic water and mix gently with a bar spoon.

     

    Gin Rickey

    Ingredients:

    • 50 ml gin
    • 1 whole lime cut in half
    • Sparkling water

    Fill a highball glass with ice and add the gin. Juice the halves of lime into a glass and drop in the juiced lime shells. Fill with sparkling water and you’ve got yourself a classic American drink!

     

    There are a variety of drinks that seem to have been forgotten over the years and some research will uncover plenty that you can add to your menu and modify with a modern twist. 

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  6. Trends in Alcohol Consumption

    Trends in Alcohol Consumption

    Today, people either really love alcohol, or they try to stray as far away from it as possible. People are becoming more self-aware of what they’re consuming and are sometimes going as far as to monitor how much they’re drinking. There has been a movement towards being sober and not drinking at all. Obviously, people are still drinking in excess, but including non-alcoholic drinks on your menu is something to think about! Searching for a great tasting, non-alcoholic drink that people actually want to drink can be difficult, but here are some great recipes:

     

    Mojito Mocktail

    Ingredients: 

    • 1 tbsp sugar
    • Small, bunch mint
    • 3 juiced limes
    • Soda water

    Mix the sugar with the leaves from the mint using a pestle and mortar. Then put a handful of crushed ice in 2 glasses and divide the lime juice between the glasses with the mint mix. Add a straw and top with soda water.

     

    Gin Free Gin & Tonic

    Ingredients:

    • 5 cardamom pods
    • ½ cucumber
    • 1 chamomile teabag
    • ½ bunch mint leaves
    • 1 strip lemon zest
    • 5 cloves
    • ½ bunch rosemary
    • Tonic water
    • Ice

    Bruise the cardamom pods, slice the cucumber, and put them in a large jug and add the chamomile teabag, mint leaves, lemon zest, cloves, and rosemary. Top with 500ml of cold water. Leave to infuse in the fridge for 2-4 hours. When serving, strain the infused water and pour 50ml of water into each glass. Top with tonic water and lots of ice.

     

    Educating yourself on drinking trends can help you move your restaurant in the right direction, and ultimately help you provide the best experience for your customer.

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  7. Restaurant Cleaning Schedule

    Restaurant Cleaning Schedule

    We all love to clean—right? No? Well, that’s no surprise, but we unfortunately all still have to do it, and if you want to run a successful restaurant, then you better get to cleaning! Restaurant cleanliness is so, so important to the customer and not one person will go back to a restaurant that they don’t deem clean. Cleaning should be one of the top priorities for your restaurant and your employees. Here a checklist for cleaning your restaurant below:

    Daily Cleaning

    • Clean fryers, grease traps, and brush grills
    • Sanitize all surfaces, sinks, faucets, and soda guns
    • Put all rags, chef coats, and aprons in laundry
    • Wash floor mats and sweep and mop all floors
    • Clean hood filters in dishwasher
    • Wipe down outside surfaces of ice machine
    • Replace tin foil liners of grill and range
    • Empty sanitizing bins
    • Sanitize meat/cheese slicers
    • Label and air-tight cover all food before going in refrigerator

     

    Weekly Cleaning

    • Clean ovens
    • Empty and clean all reach-in refrigerators and coolers
    • Clean coffee machines
    • Wash walls 
    • Flush floor drains with drain cleaner

     

    Monthly Cleaning

    • Deal with grease buildup (behind fryers, stoves, ovens, etc)
    • Empty and clean freezers
    • Wash ceilings
    • Empty ice bin and sanitize
    • Check equipment (knife sharpness, calibration of equipment, etc)

     

    A less than clean restaurant is bad for your bottom line! Remember, the checklist above is just for cleaning your kitchen, but don’t forget about keeping the front of house clean. We have all your cleaning supplies at this link: https://www.restaurantsupply.com/janitorial-supplies!

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  8. Apple Cider Fireball Slushie Cocktail

    Apple Cider Fireball Slushie Cocktail

    That name is a mouthful, but it sure does sound tasty! This cocktail definitely contains the most fall ingredients we can think of. As we’ve mentioned before, seasonal cocktails give your customers (and new potential customers), a reason to come to your restaurant. All you’ll need for this drink is a blender and some cocktail glasses:

    Ingredients

    • 4 cups ice cubes
    • 1 cup apple cider
    • 1 cup Fireball
    • Splash ginger beer
    • Apple slices for garnish

    Add the ice, cider, and Fireball to the blender and blend until smooth. Then separate into 2 glasses (this makes enough for 2 people, but we won’t be surprised if you’ll want to keep this yummy drink all for yourself), and top with a splash of ginger beer and garnish with an apple. What an easy way to impress your customers and this is something you can easily make in the comfort of you own home! You can make so many fall drinks with apple cider, but we think this one takes the cake. 

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  9. Adding Fall Flair to your Marketing Strategy

    Adding Fall Flair to your Marketing Strategy

    Taking advantage of fall trends and holidays, and incorporating them into your marketing efforts is a great way rein people in and keep them interested in your restaurant. Most people love fall, so if you live in an area that experiences all 4 seasons, you should make the most of it!  

    Holiday Marketing

    The beginning of fall means Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are coming and because these are the biggest holidays, it’s so easy to do special things centered on these holidays. Specifically for Halloween, you can hold a costume contest each week leading up to the big day and give out a gift card or some type of reward for the winner. You can also have sales that correspond with Cyber Monday and Christmas discounts. People love a good sale during the holidays and will be sure to get involved with anything that allows them to spend less money!

    Seasonal Content

    Those generic posts that you put out on your social media every so often can be transformed to fit the fall theme. Create content that is personal, shareable, and goes with the theme of colder weather. You can create content about your chef's’ favorite “Fall Recipes” or something similar to get your customers excited.  

    Fall Themed Events

    Throw a fall-themed event (wine tasting, harvest party, etc)! This not only gets your customers excited for fall, but gets them excited to visit your restaurant and actually gets them to come out and generates foot traffic through your restaurant. You can offer special drinks and food, and maybe even go a step further and use fresh produce that’s popular in the fall, like apples and pumpkins! 

    Smart marketers take advantage of what’s going on around them to stay relevant, so as we say hello to fall, think about capitalizing on some of the key themes of fall to draw in customers!

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  10. Getting your Patio Fall Ready

    Getting your Patio Fall Ready

    Patios are HUGE revenue boosters for restaurants, but now the colder weather is moving in—a little early, so it’s time to start thinking about how to equip your restaurant patio for the cold. No one wants to sit outside to eat if they’re cold, so how can you make changes to your patio so that it’s still accessible during the fall? Obviously, extreme weather will shut your patio down, but before the snow comes I’ve got some tips for how to maximize the time you have left with your patio:

    Heating Equipment

    There is plenty of heating equipment out there for you to buy to keep your patio cozy. Propane heaters are a viable option because for all those concerned with safety out there, they are cool to the touch and have safety controls, allowing customers and servers to move by with ease. Tents are another option that can ward off winter a little longer and are cheaper than adding a permanent addition to your restaurant. These may seem a little pricey, but over time these investments will pay off!

    Fireplaces

    Just like a moth to a flame, fireplaces will draw in customers. People love a fireplace (or fire pit), and the cozy atmosphere it provides! In the case that you might not want to have your staff worry about tending to the fire, you can purchase a “fake” fireplace—you know those infrared space heaters that people have in their homes that still give off heat.

    Seasonal Specials

    Mixing up the menu is the perfect way to attract customers, especially if some of those specials are specific to your patio. People will be impressed that you can pull off keeping your patio open in the cold weather and as an added bonus, you can provide them with special drinks or dishes to keep them even warmer!

    Just because the colder weather is coming, doesn’t mean that you have to shut down your moneymaking patio. We want you to keep your patio open as long as you can, and so do your customers—as long as you make it warm and cozy!

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