Those of us who work in the restaurant and foodservice industry have needed to get a little creative this year. For restaurants to boost business during COVID-19, it’s necessary to try new things and present different options to your customers. Get some ideas for COVID-friendly dining by checking out the list below.
In any regular year, you likely change your menu with the seasons. 2020, however, is no regular year. Seasons aren’t the only factors to consider these days while creating a menu.
Here are some ways to adapt to the circumstances of 2020.
If you want to attract more families to order for pickup or delivery, think about what you can do to adopt family-style dining in your restaurant. Busy parents still love the idea of having an order-in night or having someone else make dinner for them – and their options should expand beyond fast food!
Meal Kits or Take-and-Bake Options
Another option you might consider for families on the go is creating a meal kit or take-and-bake option. Meal kits are another great option for busy families who want a specialty meal but don’t have the time to put one together.
Pantry or Grocery Items
When customers were at their most panicked, many restaurants replaced traditional sodas and sides with things like toilet paper or hand sanitizer to boost orders. Now that we’ve had time to calm down a bit, these items aren’t as scarce but they still make unique additions to orders. Aside from toilet paper and cleaning products, consider other grocery items that people might not want to travel or venture out in public to find.
We’re all familiar with the idea of happy hour or dinner specials. Now, restaurants can benefit from “flattening the curve” of the lunch and dinner rush by offering off-peak specials instead. Some restaurants jumpstart stagnant sales with discounts and special buys on gift cards.
As the holidays approach, this is a great time to take advantage of these types of deals. The holidays are also an excellent time to consider a philanthropic promotion. For example, your customers can purchase a meal for $5 or so over the regular ticket price, and then you can donate $5 to a charitable organization.
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