The good and bad news is that Winnipeggers are NOT shy with their opinions; if your restaurant needs a facelift, they'll tell you.
It might be a regular customer asking, "maybe it's time for new chairs?". Or maybe you see new customers walk through your doors, grimace and leave. Or maybe Mr. Health Inspector has been stopping by a little more than you'd like.
That being said, it's not always that clear or dire. For many restaurants, a timely renovation presents a number of fantastic opportunities.
Here are some great reasons to invest in a fresh new look and layout:
Image is Everything: The restaurant business is highly competitive and there's always something new and fresh popping up. A floor-to-ceiling renovation is the perfect way to draw in new clientele and make your lifers even more comfortable. They'll no longer need to say, "It doesn't look like much, but...".
New Tech and Trends: Maybe it's a new POS system or space for VLTs. Maybe it's a better duct system so your restaurant doesn't smell like grease. Maybe it's a smaller dining room with a new takeout counter because that's where most of your business comes from anyways. A great reno is more than a facelift, it should make you more efficient and boost your bottom line.
Greater Perceived Value: I recently spoke with one of our restaurant clients; since their renovation, they've seen an increase in sales, plus their servers have seen an increase in tips. When you improve your space, you'll increase the perceived value of your products which is good for everyone.
Cleanliness and Safety: If your dining rooms looks old and run down, people will expect the same of the kitchen… and usually they're right! A full reno will keep the rodents, bugs and health inspectors away.
Set Your Next Generation Up for Success: If you're running a family restaurant, please oh please fix it up before passing it along to the next generation. Taking over a restaurant is stressful enough without having to level it and start fresh.
Take Things to the Next Level: We moved in 2015 because we needed a different kind of space. We needed room for offices, a shop, compound, overhead doors and much more. And guess what: since then, our team has grown tremendously. When you give yourself the right space to expand, it's amazing what can happen.
These are just a few of the reasons why I look at renovations as investments, not costs. With so many food options out there, great food isn't enough. You need a great space too, built to maximize revenue and efficiency.
If you think you need more than new chairs, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at (204) 942-6035 and I'd be happy to walk you through some of our latest restaurant projects.