Adding an Alfresco Dining to draw in Customers.
Other then the food or beverages served in the restaurant, you also need look into the Unique Selling Proposition of your restaurant. Unique Selling Proposition is why customers choose your restaurant over your competitors. One way is to add an Alfresco Dining Area.
Adding an alfresco dining area is a great way to increase seating for any busy restaurant and is also a great unique selling proposition to draw in customers. The term “alfresco” comes from an Italian word meaning fresh or open air. I am not sure what is it about an open air dining area that it adds elegance to any dining experience. People also believe that food eaten outdoors taste better. Maybe it’s the sunshine and warm breeze that creates a “I’m on vacation” feeling,
As Malaysia is blessed with warm weather throughout the year, outdoor dining is a favorite option among diners especially from people cooped up in the office 5 days a week. This is the reason that I have setup an outdoor dining area on the roof of the hotel that I worked. The Roof Top Restaurant has a great view of the sea especially when the sun sets. So much so that I have added a special sunset happy hour with beers at a special price. I have even purchased two coin operated binoculars so people can look out into the sea.
If your place has a great full moon view on the sea, you can do what I did in Cherating which was have a full moon happy hour. The full moon nights are really beautiful as the moon lights up the sea. What I did was look at the Chinese calendar which is quite easy to get in Malaysia. From there you will get the dates of when the moon is at its fullest. As we had quite a number of long stay guests who normally stayed a week, we put into their rooms that there will be a beautiful full moon in three days time. So on the full moon nights we opened the pool bar which was near the sea, played light instrumental music and served beverages and bar snacks. There were a quite a number of people just sitting having drinks and enjoying the moonlight. Entertainment is provided by mother nature and its free.
Here is an article on an outlet that has benefited from having a Patio in their establishment, Patio investments pay off for Crave, Psycho Suzi’s
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How to Open a Restaurant in 8 weeks in Malaysia
Starting a restaurant looks very lucrative simply because people generally love to eat and we eat out lot..!! Asians are some lucky lots who can afford to have breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper without having to know how to cook and without poking huge holes in our wallets. Eating out is part of our culture. We eat out all the time.
This explains the numerous restaurants, cafes, warungs, bistros, or kopitiams in almost every corner of Asian countries. It seems like everyone knows and wants to open a restaurant. You don’t need to be a chef to open a restaurant. In fact, most restaurant owners can’t even cook.! Many are politicians, singers, actors, models, housewives, retirees, businessmen who love food or even foreigners who want to introduce food from their homelands. While anybody can open a restaurant, it takes a trully hardworking, dedicated and discipline entrepreneur to open and operate a successful restaurant.
Here is a detailed step-by-step ebook to guide you in planning your finances, obtaining necessary licenses and opening your first restaurant in Malaysia