The success of a restaurant depends, to a great deal, on the efficiency and effectiveness of its waiters. The waiters’ efficiency and effectiveness, in turn, depends on how well they are trained. As a general rule, restaurant owners who take time to train their waiters well tend to attain greater success. They tend to be more successful than restaurant owners who take the training of their waiters lightly.
If you wish to train your restaurant waiters properly, you need to:
- Create a formal training environment: The objective here is to get the waiters who are being trained to take the training program seriously. This has to be the starting point, if the stuff that you are training the waiters on is to penetrate and stick into their minds.
- Emphasize on the key points: You first need to figure out the key points you want the waiters to understand. Things like how to welcome customers, how to take customers’ orders, how to handle customers’ food… and so on. Then you need to repeat these points throughout the training program, until the waiters who are being trained come to internalize them fully.
- Do practical demonstrations: As a general rule, waiter training programs should not be entirely theoretical. There has to be a practical element to them, in order for the waiters who are being trained are to internalize the content properly. Thus, you should practically demonstrate to the trainee waiters things like how they should greet customers, how they should pull customers’ chairs and how they should speak to customers. You should also practically demonstrate to them how they should take customers’ orders, how they should carry food trays, how they should lay the tables… and so on. As a matter of fact, the practical aspect of waiter training should take precedence over the theoretical aspect. You have to understand that waiter training is very different from, say, IT training. Take an IT training scenario where, for instance, you are trying to get dealership staff to understand how to use the GmGlobalConnect portal. In that case, it would suffice to give them a user support manual for them to read by themselves. But when it comes to something like training waiters, you have to do practical demonstrations, and get the waiters to repeat the various operations until they get them right.
Some of the blunders you need to avoid while establishing a restaurant include:
- Setting it up in a non-ideal location: If you set up your restaurant in a non-ideal location, you will have a very hard time getting people to start patronizing it. You have to understand that restaurants are the sorts of businesses that customers just walk in to. So you need to set up your restaurant in a location with lots of foot traffic. Then you can be sure that some of the people who see the restaurant’s sign while passing nearby will be inclined to venture inside and buy whatever you are selling.
- Not knowing who your target market is: It is only when you know who your target market is that you would be in a position to figure out what to cook (and what not to cook), and how to price your food. Just as prepaid card issuers (like the ones behind the PrepaidCardStatus portal ) tailor their products for specific market segments, so are restaurant operators expected to work with clear target markets.
- Ignoring some legal requirements: This may lead to a situation where your restaurant is closed down [and you are subjected to a legal process] just a short while after starting the business. Your competitors may also instigate raids against you, if they discover that there is some legal requirement you omitted. So it is better to do everything by the book.
- Starting out with non-experienced staff: Admittedly, hiring experienced people at the outset can be too expensive. But it is not something you can avoid – for if you start out with non-experienced staff, you will end up losing even more money in the long run.
- Not training your staff properly: If you fail to train your restaurant’s staff properly, it will be very hard for them to understand what exactly is expected of them by the customers. This is in turn likely to lead to poor customer service standards, which could ultimately ruin the business. Even if you [as a new restaurant owner] are unable to train your restaurant’s staff on the operational aspects, at least get them to understand what exactly is expected of them. This would be with respect to things like how you want the various dishes to look and taste, how fast you want the customers to be served, how courteously you want the customers to be served… and so on.
The simple answer to the question as to whether you can pay for meals at a restaurant using a Target Visa gift card is ‘yes’. But of course, there are caveats.
First of all, the restaurant needs to be one that accepts payments through cards. So you find that there are some restaurants that don’t accept payments through cards (including those that only accept cash payments). Admittedly, the number of such restaurants [that don’t accept payments through cards] is falling with each passing day. Nonetheless, there are a few restaurants out there that still have a policy of not accepting card payments. And if you are in such an establishment, then the question of paying for meals using your Target Visa gift card wouldn’t arise.
Secondly, the restaurant you are dining at needs to be in one of the nations where Target Visa gift card payments are allowed to go through. At the time of writing this article, Target Visa gift cards were only allowed to go through for merchants based in the United States and in the District of Columbia. So if the restaurant you are dining at is in either the United State nor the DC, you won’t be in a position to pay for them using the Target Visa gift card.
Thirdly, your Target Visa gift card needs to have enough money to pay for the meals. You may be at a restaurant that accepts payments through cards, and you be in the United States or the District of Columbia. But if your card doesn’t have enough funds, you obviously won’t be in a position to pay for meals using it. That is why it is a good idea to visit the Target Visa gift cards portal (as described at www.mybalancenow.company), to check your gift card’s balance, before attempting to use it to pay for meals at a restaurant.
I have already mentioned, in a previous blog post, that I am in the process of setting up a restaurant next to a L Brands store. In fact, my vision goes further: I am actually aiming at connecting the restaurant to the L Brands store. I am aiming for a situation where the L Brands employees (or ‘associates’, going by associateresourcesetm.com references) would be mostly eating at my restaurant. I am also aiming at a situation where the people who come to shop at the L Brands store would be mostly dining at my restaurant. My projections show me that the combination of L Brands customers and L Brands employees would be enough to keep my business up and running…
To get the L Brands store employees to be eating at my restaurant, I am planning on selling the dishes at very pocket-friendly prices. I know that most of the L Brands store employees are likely to be people of modest means. Thus if I sell food at high prices, chances are that they won’t be able to afford it. Or, at best, they would only be able to afford it once in a while. To get them to be having their meals at my restaurant, I have to adopt pocket-friendly pricing, and that is exactly what I will be doing. I could also create special discounts for the L Brands employees.
On the other hand, to get the L Brands stores customers to be eating at my restaurant, I am planning to preparing truly high quality dishes, and serving them in a classy, relaxed environment. I have figured out that most of the people who shop at L Brands are individuals who are fairly well off. Therefore to get them to love my restaurant, I need to be offering high quality dishes, in good ambience.
I am also planning on having my restaurant’s signboard/banner conspicuously visible from the entrance of the L Brands store. The idea is to draw the people who happen to be at the L Brands store (employees and customers) into my restaurant.
Would it be a good idea to set up a restaurant next to a L Brands store? That is the question posed to me last week by my friend, who runs a chain of restaurants in our city. Apparently, the building adjacent to the local L Brands store has fallen vacant, and he is considering leasing it and setting up a restaurant there.
In my view, setting up a restaurant next to a L Brands store is a brilliant idea, and I told him as much. I then proceeded to give him some 3 reasons as to why, in my view, it would be good for him go ahead and set up the restaurant next to the L Brands store.
Firstly, L Brands stores tend to be located in places where there is good flow of traffic. Some of the people coming to shop at L Brands may want to dine after shopping – and that could translate into a solid customer base.
Secondly, the people who frequent L Brands stores tend to be individuals who are financially well-heeled. So these are the sorts of individuals with the purchasing power necessary to keep a restaurant running. Like, for instance, if someone ventured into the L Brands store with a view to buy clothes worth $200, but ended up spending $170, they may not mind spending the $30 they’d have ‘saved’ in a restaurant — if they happen to ‘bump’ into one close by.
Thirdly, the L Brands stores tend to employ considerable numbers of people. Those are people who can be the restaurant’s customers. Like if the L Brands store happens to have 100 employees, and you manage to convert just half of them into regular customers, that would translate into 50 regular customers to start with. Some of them may admittedly be frugal spenders, based on the paychecks they get through the aces hr portal. Nonetheless, the little they spend on a regular basis can eventually add up to a considerable amount of money in the long run.
Who Doesn’t Like Eating in A Restaurant?
No matter where you are, you will be able to see a lot of restaurants. And these are more rampant in the cities because the city life is for people that don’t have to cook, but they want to eat cooked food. But you will be amazed that not everybody like to eat in a Restaurant. This might be to different reasons such as allergy or sanitary issue.