Running a restaurant entails more than just serving great food. Your facility and décor also play into a successful endeavor. If you are operating a one-off establishment, you will first need to decide on a theme and how you want to present it. Here are some set-up basics and a few unique ideas for becoming a new local favorite.
Make sure the building is clean. Give it a fresh coat of paint and new flooring. Take advantage of the appliance repair Manhattan offers and get things checked out. Bump up the curb appeal to get the place noticed. Now you can start working on the fun part – the theme and menu.
Set up the place to resemble grandma’s kitchen, complete with all the vintage kitsch. Formica-topped tables with chrome edges and legs, vinyl seated chairs and booths, and vintage dishware. Serve meals family style, for example, set a big platter of spaghetti and meatballs, a green salad and a tray of toasty garlic bread in the center of the table and let the family serve themselves.
Offer one choice each day but do it up right. A Meatloaf Monday dinner could include lamb mixture and could be served with roasted rosemary fingerling potatoes, asparagus tips and some light flaky rolls. Offer a Taco Tuesday, Wild Card Wednesday (different dish each week), Tandoori Thursday, etc. Offer coordinating desserts such as Mexican fried ice cream and churros on Tuesdays.
Offer a selection of meals from other countries for a diverse cultural experience. Include such dishes as German sauerbraten and Kartoffelkloesse (beef stew and potato dumplings), Irish colcannon and sausage or African Pap en Vleis (like polenta), Shisa Nyama (“burn the meat”) and chakalaka (a curried ratatouille).
However you approach it, serve fresh, quality food and maintain a “come back” atmosphere. You may soon have customers lining up down the block for a table.