Are you saving on rent but skimping on space? Bigger is not necessarily better. How can you optimize your space efficiency when you only have so much room? Check out these tips to make every square foot of your smaller space count and work for you.
Have Appropriate Decor
If you’re working with a smaller space, you’re going to want decor that matches the cozier ambience of your restaurant. Don’t overload your customers’ senses by trying to crowd too many themes into the vibe. Take measurements before buying equipment for both kitchen and dining so as to avoid underutilizing expensive purchases. If you don’t already have takeout service, now is the time to add that option. Limited seating does not have to deter customers from enjoying your mouth-watering dishes!
Hire Nimble Staff
Hire and train staff you can train to maneuver quickly and carefully around a tight space, causing the least inconvenience to customers. Nimble is key! Emphasize that the limited space means staff will be much more visible to diners, which can be a blessing and a curse. While it will make it easier for staffers to be close to customers and pick up on their needs, it also means staffers must make an extra effort to stay out of the way in the interest of a snag-free dining experience.
Go Over Every Inch
Examine every inch of your establishment with a keen eye to identify areas of inefficiency in your workplace. A slightly more efficient use of space in the kitchen, for example, could even mean fewer staffers required per shift, saving you money, time and space all at the same time. One method is the “kitchen work triangle” theory, which aims to help restaurant owners design their kitchen layouts with efficiency in mind. Setting up your kitchen so staffers can multitask is a great space hack as well.
Conclusion: A small space can be frustrating, but remember that some customers prefer a more intimate atmosphere. Your job is simply to make your space attractive and efficient.
Challenge: This week, try out the “kitchen work triangle” method in your kitchen!