The Importance of Good Service in the Restaurant & Bar Business
By Patrick O’Neill
Customers love your food and drinks. Your atmosphere is inviting. Your prices are decent. So why aren’t people breaking down your doors every night? And why don’t you see more familiar faces at the tables or bar?
Duh! Maybe your service leaves a lot to be desired? Many restaurateurs and bar managers inexplicably forget the first rule of the business: great service lures customers and bad service scares them away.
Ming Tsai, chef/owner of Blue Ginger (www.ming.com) in Boston and host of the TV show “Simply Ming,” estimates that at least 70 percent of a great dining experience is due to the service, “As a chef, it’s hard to admit. Food is extremely important, of course, but you can have the most delicious food on the planet and if the service is inattentive or arrogant, it won’t matter. Those people won’t be coming back.”
“Service comes into play long before the customer arrives,” says Ming. “The person taking phone reservations sets the tone three weeks ahead. Continue Reading…