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Opening a new restaurant takes a lot of work. It's even harder now, as more restaurants are opening than ever, which means more competition for everyone. So how do you make your restaurant stand out? What can you do to bring attention and boost sales?

By following the tips below, you'll be sure to put yourself on the right path.

Offer an online ordering option

What would make your restaurant so much more convenient? If you offered online ordering. It's a simple solution: when people want to eat out, they want to get in and out. They don't want to wait for their food. They don't want to leave the comforts of their home, workplace, or wherever they are when they're hungry and need something fast.

That's why offering an online ordering option is so important—it allows customers to order from the comfort of their home or office and pick up when it suits them. By doing this, restaurants can increase sales by up to 30%.

Stand out with great customer service

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Customer service is a critical factor in sales. Restaurant owners and managers know this, but it can take a lot of work to ensure that customer service is at the highest level, especially when you're dealing with many people coming through your doors every day. Here are some proven ways for restaurants to boost their sales by improving customer service:

  • Train your staff on how to greet customers with a smile and eye contact. Ensure they know how to ask customers what they want and need during their visit.
  • Train your staff to offer recommendations or suggestions for other menu items based on what the customer has ordered. This will help increase the chances that they'll order more than one item per person during their visit.
  • Train your staff on how to handle complaints professionally and quickly so that customers don't feel like they're being ignored or treated poorly when they voice concerns over something wrong with their order or experience at the restaurant overall (such as bad service from another server).

Build anticipation with a 'coming soon' sign

We all know that people love a good surprise, but what if you could create a sign that would excite your customers to come in and try something new?

A coming "soon sign" can be incredibly effective for building anticipation around an upcoming menu item or promotion. It's perfect for restaurants that want to run a special promotion soon but only have time to promote it after it starts.

The sign will let customers know about the promotion and build excitement before it happens.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you're placing them.

  • First, make sure they're placed in high-traffic areas. The best locations are near the entrance, around the bar area, and near the bathrooms.
  • Second, make sure they're bright and colorful. You want people to notice them immediately, so make sure their design pops! You can even use images or drawings if you wish.
  • Third, remember lighting! If you already have a dark space in your restaurant, this is especially important—otherwise, people might not see it!

Get local food bloggers to come in once a week

If you're a restaurant owner, you know how hard it can be to get people through the door. And if you're a food blogger, well… you know how hard it can be to get people through the door.

But what if they both went through the door at the same time? We're talking about a mutually beneficial situation here: bloggers get paid to do what they love (eating!), and restaurants get exposure and new customers. It's a win-win!

We've found that one of the best ways for restaurants to boost sales is by getting local food bloggers in on the action. Here are some tips for making this happen:

  • Find out who the top food bloggers in your area are, and contact them directly. They'll be more likely to respond if you make it clear why you want them there (exposure!)
  • Offer them free meals in exchange for an honest review on their blog or live streaming account—this will help put some extra cash back into your bank account while also helping establish trust between blogger and restaurant owner
  • Make sure that when bloggers come in, they have everything they need: internet access, comfortable seating, water refills—everything! You don't want them to think twice.

Create special events and promotions

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As a restaurant owner, you know how important it is to find new ways to attract customers and increase sales. But that's easier said than done. You may be tempted to try a new type of food or add a new item to the menu, but those options are expensive and time-consuming. Luckily, there are plenty of other ways for restaurants to promote themselves and increase their profits without requiring significant changes like these.

One way is through special events and promotions. For example, if you're going on vacation for several days in August, consider offering discounts on your favorite dishes for those who visit during that time so they can enjoy them before you leave town. Or it would be fun to host an event where people can come in and make their pizzas from scratch—for free!

If you're looking for something less involved than these ideas but still want patrons to feel like they've got something extra out of their experience at your restaurant (and thus feel more inclined to tell others about it), try creating a loyalty program where frequent visitors earn points toward free food or drinks after visiting several times per week or month.

Engage your community on social media

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Social media is a great way to build and maintain your restaurant's brand. It can also help you grow and engage your community. Here are a few ways to use social media to boost sales:

  1. Use social media as a marketing tool to promote special events, such as offering discounts or freebies on social media

  2. Share content that can be used as ads on Facebook and Instagram. For example, videos of your restaurant or food. You can also use a video trimmer to keep your videos short and more appealing to your customers.

  3. Run a contest through social media that includes freebies or discounts for people who respond with the hashtag you provide.


The restaurant industry is known to be a cutthroat one. Restaurants that are not doing well are constantly looking for new ways to turn the tables and boost their sales. If you're working or opening a restaurant, these odds can help you get your piece of that pie. With these tips, your restaurant will make a destination.

  • Offer an online ordering option
  • Stand out with excellent customer service
  • Build anticipation with a 'coming soon' sign
  • Get local food bloggers to come in once a week
  • Create memorable events and promotions
  • Engage your community on social media

Revamp your business, bring in some of these ideas, and watch your sales increase.