4 Ideas for Effectively Managing Your Restaurant Over the Holidays

The holiday season can be one of the most challenging times for restaurants. During the holidays, 61% of restaurants face declining numbers of customers. However, many quick-service restaurants flourish due to the amount of people out shopping. Whether you're planning to stay open all through the holidays or just certain days, there's a lot of planning that goes into restaurant management this time of year. In today's blog, we offer a few tips for effectively managing your restaurant over the holidays!

1. Schedule Staff Accordingly. 

While it may be hard to know exactly how busy you'll be on a holiday weekend, it's important that you consider staffing carefully. You don't want to get slammed with not enough employees, but you also don't want the staff standing around bored and mad that they aren't at home with their families. Consider how busy you were last year over the holidays, and also take into consideration the competition. How many other restaurants near you are serving up holiday food?

2. Stock Up On Inventory. 

If you're offering a special menu for the holidays, it's important that you have plenty of ingredients in inventory. People aren't going to be very happy if they come to your restaurant for a special holiday meal only to find out you're not offering it anymore because you ran out of supplies. Take a look at your sales data from last year to see what menu items were popular over the holidays and make sure you have the right amount of inventory.

3. Promote Your Specials. 

Since many restaurants close for Christmas Day and other holidays, make sure to promote when you'll be open. If you're serving up a big holiday feast, make sure people know about it. Push it out on social media, and tell your staff and friends to spread the word. You don't want to invest time, planning and staff into a holiday meal, only for no one to show up because everyone thinks you're closed. You might even consider offering special pricing for holidays to persuade customers to come eat at your restaurant over the holidays.

4. Stay Organized and Delegate Tasks. 

The holiday season can be a stressful time for anyone, especially restaurant owners and managers. Don't be afraid to ask for help and delegate tasks during this busy time of the year. Making checklists of things that need to be done will help you stay organized and make it easier to see what tasks you might be able to hand off to someone else. 

If you want to be successful during the holidays, you need to have a plan. In that plan, be sure to include what should happen if you were to experience an equipment malfunction. Have Fast Fix LLC's number ready - one call to 573-254-3748 does it all! We're here for all your emergency restaurant equipment repairs in Missouri and Western Illinois.

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