Running a restaurant isn’t easy. There’s much more to being a restaurant owner than just developing a menu and buying a refrigerator and an oven. Even before COVID-19 came along to take the economy apart and force us to rethink how we live our lives, being a restaurant owner was a risky career choice. From appliance maintenance to keeping a user friendly website running, all restaurateurs have to be smart and savvy in a number of ways.
Let’s talk about restaurant maintenance, though, because taking care of your actual business can be easier (and less expensive) than it sounds—as long as you have the right tips and tricks. Whether you run a traditional restaurant, a chain of diners or a cafe, this guide to staying on top of your restaurant’s maintenance is for you. Read on for everything a restaurant owner should know.
Always source appliance parts from professionals.
Restaurateurs need appliances, and those appliances wear out after a lot of use. From the dishwasher to the refrigerator, you will eventually have to source appliance parts to fix your kitchen fixtures. This sounds daunting (and more than a little bit of a headache), but you can nip the problem in the bud pretty easily. First, find a reliable appliance repair parts store long before you need those appliance parts. Keep the phone number for that store in an easily accessible place, like in a mobile app. Then, right next to the phone number, keep a list of model numbers for your appliances—all of them. A Frigidaire takes different replacement parts than a Whirlpool does, and you’ll streamline your repair process later if you know precisely which replacement parts you need. By taking care of this ahead of time, you’ll know you aren’t ever sourcing replacement parts for a random store, which means that your Frigidaire is up and running reliably faster.
Make online orders and delivery easy with the right integration.
Online orders and delivery services became the mainstay of many restaurateurs using the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, they also became the bane of many restaurant owners around the U.S. With so many mobile apps out there, it became a full-time job just to keep track of all the various online ordering platforms and delivery apps. You want to get orders from new customers who use Uber Eats, ChowNow, Grubhub, Caviar, and Doordash, but who can keep track of multiple tablets and online delivery apps? You have enough to do. Unfortunately, the maintenance of your delivery systems can make or break your bottom line these days. So what’s a restaurant owner and their sales team to do? The answer is to get ahold of the Cuboh restaurant online ordering system, which is simply the best way to integrate all these online ordering systems into a single tablet. Your sales team no longer needs to toggle between tablets, and you no longer have to deal with the human error that comes from that toggling. With Cuboh’s POS system, online ordering and delivery are made easy.
Automate your promotions and discounts.
Social media is king when it comes to finding new customers and letting your existing customer base about new products and promotions, and social media accounts need maintenance too. Instead of paying team members to post stories on Instagram and tweet about coupon codes, social media scheduling automations allow you to schedule all your posts months ahead of time. You know when holidays are coming up, so why should you be wasting time on Facebook or Instagram? These automations even allow you to gather analytics about which posts are the most popular so that you can spend your energy on getting the next post right the first time around.