The weather is warming up, and patio season will soon be here! Setting up your restaurant’s patio for summer involves more than pulling out the tables, and adding summer specials and promotions.
Your patio is an extension of your dining area during the summer months. If you offer full service, it’s important that your customers receive the same quality of service indoors and out.
Be Prepared with Last Year’s Reports
Before summer starts, take some time to review your POS sales summary, labor stats, and coupon reports from previous years. Check what results your summer promotions had, and ensure you are prepared with the right staff and stock.
If your patio area performed better than indoor seating at your restaurant last year, consider expanding the area. Many municipalities will work with restaurants to allow sidewalk seating, or adjacent patios on public land.
Consider Tablet Solutions
Consider adding tablets to your point of sale system. Tableside order entry and payment can speed service, especially when you add a patio to the mix. You might also choose to secure a fixed tablet POS outside during open hours, and move it inside overnight.
Update Your POS Floor Plan
Update your restaurant’s floor plan in the POS system to include your patio during summer months.
An accurate, detailed floor plan will help servers keep track of tables, especially if they are serving a mix of tables inside and out. Make sure your POS gives servers visual cues and alerts to remind them of the status of each of their tables.
Prepare your point of sale now to be ready to take on the summer heat. Summer can be a busy season for restaurants with patio seating. A little prep now will help you leverage summer traffic into added profit.
Posted on Fri, May 11, 2018 @ 18:05 PM.
Updated on June 30, 2020 @ 10:47 PM PST.
As the Marketing Specialist for SpeedLine Solutions Inc., Elizabeth is the Managing Editor for On Point: The Restaurant Technology Blog. Have an idea for an article? Send her a message!