Products That You Need To Host Outdoor Dining Experiences
After a torrid twelve months, businesses have finally been granted the opportunity to begin a phased re-opening, starting with outdoor dining. This has been fantastic news for those firms which operate in the hospitality sector. Before getting ahead of yourself, however, you need to take into account that in order to fully comply with the government regulations, there are certain products that you will want to acquire. If this is an area that you are somewhat unfamiliar with, you will be thrilled to learn thatVKF Renzel is here to guide you through the different products that will be of paramount importance going forward.
Menu HoldersIn the past, you might have looked to take advantage of paper menus, as these were cheap to produce and could be disposed of with ease. However, in recent times, it is menu covers that have become popular amongst hospitality firms. This is because they can be sterilised and wiped down at a moment’s notice. Never again will your customers have to panic that they are being given a menu that still retains the germs that have been passed on by those that came before them.
First impressions count. Make use of products such as Lecterns and floor standing displays for a place to meet and greet your customers. Here you can confirm your customers booking and direct them to their table with menus in hand. This can make your customers feel more at ease during their time at your restaurant or pub. This location may also be a good place to display pavement signs with upcoming events or current specials. If it is busy your customers may have to wait a couple on minutes, therefore, have time to read your displays can be encouraged to participate.
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Although the weather is slowly-but-surely improving, the fact of the matter is that there is still a strong chance of rain in the coming months. This means that whilst outdoor dining is the only option available to you, you need to take the necessary steps to ensure that your customers remain comfortable throughout their stay. When you invest in a tent, you can implement it as an alternative to a marquee. Not only can it create an intimate atmosphere, but also offers some cover from the harsh British climate. Similarly, create warmer environments in the months running up to summer by investing in heaters. If your customers are warm and comfortable, the more likely they are to stay longer and purchase more drinks and food. At VKF Renzel, we offer patio heaters and heaters for placement inside your tents.
As you may have heard, particles that contain the coronavirus can live on surfaces for hours, if not days, if they are left untreated. In order to try and instil a level of hygiene at your establishment, we highly recommend that you place a number of sanitiser dispensers around your dining area. By doing so, you can look to encourage your customers to take responsibility for themselves. If everyone sanitises their hands prior to entering, you can demonstrate that you are being proactive in the fight against COVID-19, something which potential diners will take note of.
Light BoxesWhilst these might not have much of an impact on your diner’s once they sit down for their meal, you cannot deny the effect that light boxes can have when you are looking to entice people to choose your establishment over the rest of the competition. Regardless of where you are based, the chances are that you will want to advertise that you are open for business, and ready to take customers - this is where this product comes in. Erected at the front of your building, you can utilise the light box to catch the attention of passer-bys, thereby improving your chances of making a profit.
Lighting is also a great way to create a atmosphere outside your restaurant. Be sure to check out our LED products such as LED menu display and LED menu folder.