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Is your Restaurant Appealing to Those with Children?

May 24, 2008
Keeping children happy in a restaurant is the responsibility of both the caregivers and the owner of the establishment. Of course not all restaurants are designed for people to take their children to. Yet if yours is then you need to make sure parents feel comfortable bringing them in. The more you can do to help them keep their children happy the better it will be. Your other guests will appreciate it too because they can enjoy their meal with out children being upset or crying.

If you don't already offer booths and tables in your business you need to consider doing so. Not everyone feels comfortable sitting in a booth or there are large groups and tables are nice. Many families do like to seat in booths though. It makes it easier to keep children safe and to help them with their food.

You should have more than just a couple of high chairs on hand. During peak business hours you may find you run short on them. This can make enjoying a meal hard on a parent. Young children tend to squirm and get their hands into things on the table. Help them to relax and make the experience a pleasant on. Always make sure you have high chairs that are safe to use as well.

The wait can seem like eternity for some children when they are sitting still and waiting for their food. They may be so hungry they just can't wait. If you don't offer something complimentary when guests sit down then you may ask the parents if they want you to bring out something quickly for the children. They may want some crackers or even some mashed potatoes before the rest of the food comes out.

Many children can be easily entertained by games on the table. There are many different ones you can offer them. Games with the pegs where you have to jump each one and try to get down to as few as possible are great. You can offer a set of links too that they can connect and build things with.

Nothing is simpler that providing them with a page to color or to do activities on though. It can be something related to your business or to the season. Try to get new ones in on a regular basis too. This way children that come in frequently don't end up bored as they have already done that one over and over again.

Be supportive when parents come in with their own agenda for keeping their kids happy. It can be a game or a few toys that they allow their child to enjoy before the meal. Should some be left behind you can keep them in a safe location until someone calls or comes in to pick them up.

Keeping children happy in a restaurant isn't that difficult. It does help if you are geared towards doing what you can to make it happen though. Do your best to offer an atmosphere that is family oriented. As a parent, it can be very uncomfortable to eat in a place where you feel your children really aren't welcome.
About the Author
Patrica Farnham is a veteran on the restaurant industry. She now writes about her experiences in the restaurant industry, and how to start a restaurant, on her website.
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