5 Tools Every Successful Restaurant Should be Using

5 Tools Every Successful RestaurantThere is no shortage of tools for restaurant owners. In fact, it’s because of this that you can walk down a street and see so many different kinds of restaurants, because they all find different combinations of tools that work for them. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s difficult to choose the absolute best ones when you have so many options to choose from, but whenever you get lost just refer to the five we have listed below. These five are the backbone of almost every successful restaurant in the business, so if you’re looking to join the ranks you might want to take note.

Do you have these five tools that every successful restaurant has?

Point of Sale (POS) System

Even if it’s a little expensive, this is a must if you’re running a larger restaurant. Smaller behind-the-counter establishments may be fine with a regular cash register, but if you’re working with a wait staff and have a lot of combinations and numbers to keep track of, a POS is the tool for you. It monitors all cash flowing in and out of the registers and it organizes it into databases for you, monitors orders, and keeps track of employee assignments, saving you tons of time and energy for other, more important things.

The Right Equipment

POS aside, you also need to make sure your restaurant is outfitted with the right equipment. Now don’t mistake “right” with meaning “best” or “newest” because it doesn’t. “Right” here means only the machines you need that will function without any maintenance issues while saving you money. If you’re on a budget, don’t spring for new chrome. Go lease some equipment, especially if you only need it temporarily for seasonal foods. Just make sure you get a lease that keeps the leaser responsible for maintenance and warranty issues and now you. Even worse than unnecessarily stretching your budget is throwing money needlessly at something you won’t even have around in a few months.

The Good Stuff

Not just the good stuff – the best stuff. Here we’re talking about ingredients, because we all know that without the best ingredients you can’t serve the best food. The tool to help you get the job done here is your relationship with distributors. If you keep a good working relationship with the people who get you your food, your customers will have an even better eating relationship with your food. Make this a priority.

Social Media

You don’t need to make a whole campaign, just tweet about your restaurant from time to time. Put up a flyer that says you give away coupons and gift cards through your Twitter account and you’ll immediately get some followers, and they’ll most likely come to fill a seat or two during the dinner rush one of these days.

Community Outreach

This is about going beyond social media. Social media is necessary and it can reach the most people the fastest, but sometimes your customers just want a face to go with the food. Sign your restaurant up to provide food for local festivals or set up a food stall during a parade, or just give out free drinks on a hot day. People respond to a restaurant owner who gets involved with them, so go out there and make a face for yourself.

The best tools you can use can be divided into two groups: tools that will keep your operations running smoothly and tools that bring people in to eat. These five are the backbone of any successful restaurant these days and if you take a look at your competitors you’ll be sure to see they’re following all five. Follow these five and you’ll turn your restaurant into a well-oiled machine, and then when you get the hang of it add your own flair to give customers something the opposition can’t.