How to Help Your Restaurant Thrive in 2021

Restaurants and most areas of the service industry will always have to watch over themselves if they’re to keep up with the competition and draw in customers. They also have to evolve year-on-year if they’re to enjoy success and continue building on what they already have. 

This year will be like most years, in that your restaurant business will have to embrace new ideas and keep on pushing the boundaries. Customer satisfaction in all aspects remains key to running a successful business.

Now, 2020 was a stressful year for businesses and it gave us all more insight into customer needs, and what they expect from businesses such as restaurants. 

The chances are that 2021 will be a much better year for the service industry as a whole, and so it’s only right that you help your restaurant to thrive this year, too. Here are a few ways you can do just that: 

Implement Online Ordering Systems  

If you don’t already have something like this already, then it’s wise to begin implementing online ordering systems such as apps and websites. In the year 2020, we saw a huge increase in online ordering due to the pandemic and the lack of actual in-house dining. 

Online ordering was already on the rise due to the popularity of Just Eat, Uber Eats, etc. but the COVID-19 situation has accelerated their usability and has made them more necessary. 

Implementing an online ordering system will allow your restaurant to appeal to more customers and satisfy their needs. You could also look into your own custom online software by working with developers, who can help you to create a system that is modern and user-friendly.

Adopt A Loyalty Or Reward Point Scheme 

In order to keep people coming back, you’ll want to provide great service. You’ll also want to give them a little more motivation to keep on returning. Things like loyalty schemes and reward points are very successful because they allow people to get what they want at a lower price. You benefit as it keeps backsides in seats. 

Bring in Food Trackers for Deliveries

People like knowing when their food is going to arrive. Any uncertainty of delivery can be discouraging for customers, especially now that they are spoiled with the likes of GPS trackers following all kinds of deliveries around. 

Perhaps implementing a gps tracker, or texts with progress updates on delivery will help customers to feel more secure ordering delivery from your restaurant.

Welcome Feedback From Everyone 

In order to find success, you need to ensure that you’re giving your customers what they want. Many business failures can be attributed to stubbornness and not satisfying customers. 

If you welcome constructive feedback and criticism, you can continually improve while building your own confidence and business processes.

Implement Social Distancing Guidelines  

Customers may not feel safe within your property while COVID is still spreading. Implement social distancing guidelines so that customers can feel safe while dining at your restaurant. Following COVID guidelines is essential to keeping customers happy as well as avoiding fines for ignoring the necessary pandemic regulations.


Chris Turn

Chris Turn is the pseudonym of a journalist and writer who has published short stories, essays, and criticism in the Los Angeles Times, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the New York Times. Her most recent book, a novel, is The Summoning (The HarperCollins Canada, 2014). She lives with her husband in Toronto.

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