The idea of selling food for profit isn't anything new. In fact, there's evidence restaurants started thousands of years ago with some of the world's earliest civilizations. And although restaurants have certainly come along way since then, there are certain staples that will no doubt ensure your restaurant will stay successful–like good quality food.
But aside from great food, any successful restaurant in modern times needs to keep up with the latest in innovation and equipment in order to keep pace with improvements in the industry (like better and more efficient kitchen equipment) AND customers' changing behaviors (like online ordering/delivery and tech innovation).
Here are 5 things every modern restaurant needs to stay in the game:
1. Eco-Friendly and Energy Saving Upgrades
For one, it's trendy and like-able to "go green". And what's more: it can save you a whole lot of money. Restaurants that are using energy-saving and eco-friendly equipment are saving money in energy costs and increasing their favorability in the public eye. No restaurant is too small or too big to take on this commitment, it just takes a little research to find the products and upgrades most suitable for you.
2. The Latest Commercial-Grade Equipment
Speaking of upgrades. Every kitchen needs the right equipment. But not all kitchens have the budget to have the latest and greatest of everything. If you're one of those types, start with the big things, like a commercial-grade refrigerator. And if it's energy-saving, can temper your electric bill as well as keep your inventory fresh––even better. There are some things you just don't want to skimp out on.
3. A Kitchen Display System
Award-winning kitchen display systems are saving countless modern restaurants time and money through reducing costs associated with food waste, staff negligence, customer wait times, missed tickets, returned food and more. A kitchen display system (or KDS) takes the orders rung in online or by wait staff and immediately funnels them in an organized way to a display screen for the kitchen staff in the back-of-the-house. Not familiar with a kitchen display system yet? It's time you get schooled on the latest kitchen tech.
Every kitchen, not matter what century it exists in, needs good, old-fashioned organization. But luckily for modern restaurant owners, there are countless new tools today to help restaurant's achieve top organizational efficiency. Tools like the kitchen display system mentioned above are just one way to get your kitchen organized, and a point of sale system that assists with everything from payments to tracking inventory and analytics and reporting is another.
5. A Comprehensive POS System
Think of your restaurant like a machine, and just like a machine all the parts have to be working together and able to talk to one another. A good point of sale system will connect every facet of your restaurant, from your website to your wait staff's point of sale screens, to your kitchen staff's displays in the back of the house. A modern kitchen just can't do without one.
To learn more about a point of sale system for your restaurant or hospitality business, or for a free 15-minute demo of Epos Now's point of sale software or award-winning kitchen display system, contact us today.