Sometimes chefs need to get out of their own kitchens to grow their audience — and business. The team behind Foreign & Domestic in Austin, Texas created Indie Chefs Week to start a dialogue between chefs across the country. Their events bring young, aspiring chefs to their restaurant in Austin and beyond, sharing venue spaces and audiences to reach new customers. The flagship event is a face-to-face meeting of 30 chefs, who come together in a single venue to prepare multi-course meals for guests.
From happy hour specials to prix fixe menus, promotions are a great way to reach a new customer or bring people into your restaurant during slow times. Because the Garces Group operates more than a dozen restaurants concepts in Philadelphia and beyond, we asked Vice President of Restaurant Operations Scott Steenrod for his top tips to make new promotions work effectively. Read on!
There’s an art and a science to choosing the right music for your restaurant — and Jeremy Abrams has mastered it. He’s the co-founder of Audiostiles, a music consulting company that creates customized playlists for restaurants, hotels, retail stores, and more. Here, Jeremy shares his top tips for creating a killer restaurant soundtrack and shares a new playlist exclusively for Open for Business.
Fact: most restaurants don’t have a mobile website, which means they’re missing out on one of the most important tools for bringing in customers. Mobile sites help you rank higher in search engines and provide a better experience on the small screens of smartphones — which is a big deal when nearly 75% of consumers choose a restaurant based on search results. A mobile site isn’t so much a distinct website as it is a different skin for your existing desktop site; it makes the most important information from your website easy to see, read, and navigate on the go, with a larger text size and simplified layout and navigation.