How-to Prepare Your Business for the Holidays

Building Your Bridge to Holiday Restaurant Success

Summer is over, and autumn has officially arrived. If you’re in the restaurant business that means the holidays are just around the corner and it’s time to make sure you’re properly prepared. From upgrading your staff to booking all your year-end holidays gatherings to adding all your seasonal menu items, Affinity Group has you covered with the inside scoop on planning a detailed roadmap for making sure your restaurant’s stocking is stuffed with strategic holiday sales success.

The More the Merrier

When it comes to the holidays, don’t be afraid to overstaff. Adding a few extra sets of helping hands during your busy season goes a long way towards making sure your customers stay in the holiday spirit. It might have a bit of an impact on your bottom line, but when your customers remember the good service they received, it’ll turn them into repeat customers – which is exactly the kind of gift that keeps on giving for your restaurant.

Now Hiring for the Holidays
Cater To Every Occasion

From traditional holiday celebrations to office parties to impromptu meetings between old friends, there are many reasons for the season. Honoring requests for reservations and special accommodations for all of them is sure to keep you on your toes. Make certain your restaurant is ready to meet the needs of the variety of guest you will cater to as well as making sure your location is prepared to provide the space needed for as many different events as possible.

Take reservations for the holidays
Make Your List and Check it Twice

The ability to keep up with increased demand during the holidays should be at the top of your restaurant’s wish list. Order extra reserves of all your ingredients as well as plates, flatware, and silverware to make absolutely certain you stay on your guests’ nice list. Stocking up your kitchen with extra cooking equipment, shelving, and cutlery will also help you keep up with the increased holiday traffic to your restaurant.

Prepare kitchen for the holidays
‘Tis the Season for More on Your Menu

When it comes to eating out around the holidays, many guests are seeking restaurants that go the extra mile to offer menus that ensure their holiday meal is extra special. Consider adding seasonal menu items that are a little heavier and pair well with the colder weather. Proteins like lamb racks or filet mignons are perfect for entrees, and warm and hearty drinks like mulled wine or hot buttered rum give your regulars a great reason to eat, drink and be merry during the winter months. Don’t forget about those festive desserts that will give the “Wow” factor to your holiday menu.


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Remember To Deck the Halls

The holidays are always the perfect time to get a little fancy and bust out your best ribbons and bows. You don’t have to go overboard, but stringing some lights and garland up and dimming the house lights can go a long way towards putting your guests AND your staff in the holiday spirit.

decorate your business for the holiday

From on-trend seasonal inspiration that keeps your restaurant ahead of the competition to everyday tips and tricks that help drive sales and boost business, Affinity Group has the local market knowledge and culinary expertise you need to create strategic plans that are targeted and achievable. Remember our talented team of experts is always here to help as you continue Building Your Bridge to Success.