Eat to Really Live
Eating is an inescapable part of living. Although it is a basic necessity, it has the power to be extraordinary. As with most things, it can be abused; however, when approached properly, a shared meal has the power to heal, nourish, and unite people. The important question to ask is: what are the key ingredients to make eating-out an extraordinary experience for your guests? Everything should boil down to harnessing the power of human interaction.
The first thing people digest is their environment. Your guests should be feasting their eyes well before any food appears before them. Create a space that you genuinely enjoy and find relaxing. People make conscious and unconscious judgements on a restaurant based on its decor. A winning dining area is inviting and clean. Stained linen or dusty decor are immediate red flags. If a guest is distracted by strange music or sticky menus, they won’t be able to enjoy their meal or their friends. Every decision on style and dining room management should be motivated by an interest to maintain a welcoming and clean eating experience.
Eye for Detail
Details matter. Little things such as comfortable chairs or arranging an open floor plan allow your guests to relax and enjoy each other. This is the key to elevating the eating experience. Ultimately, a PB&J can outshine a filet mignon if it comes with the right company, in the right environment.
You Got This
When debating decor, menu, floorplan, or anything related to your guest’s experience, reflect on what makes you comfortable and at ease. Encourage your staff to actively note areas which could be improved and empower them to share their insights. The key elements of comfort and providing a space for genuine human interaction of fundamental but elude many restaurant establishments. Set yourself apart by embracing the fundamentals.
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