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Portions Sizes For Your Restaurant

Jun 12, 2008
How much food should you serve your customers at your restaurant? This can prove to be a very tricky question but one you need to deal with. Unless you are serving foods with a chain that have given you the specifications, then you will need to determine it on your own. There is no right or wrong answer but you need to do your homework. You want to be able to offer your customers what they will be happy with.

You have to be able to find the balance between giving them enough food and too much. You don't want your customers leaving and still feeling hungry. You also don't want them leaving a great deal of food behind that they didn't finish. It isn't always possible to take the remaining food home to eat later. Some of it just doesn't taste good reheated either.

It seems that most restaurants these days err on the side of caution though. Portion sizes have gotten bigger and bigger. This isn't always something that is welcome by customers though. They may dread wasting so much food, especially the older generations. Many people will feel that they are wasting their money when they see so much food left on the table too.

Portion sizes are also a concern for customers. I took a friend to a Mexican food place once and she ordered two burritos. I had to laugh and then told her not to get two as one would be more than enough. They were huge and covered the entire plate. Yet she didn't know this from looking at the menu.

Make sure you offer portions for children too as adults don't want to pay for a full meal their child will barely touch. Some restaurants have strict rules about people sharing meals. You need to be open to this as some people; especially the elderly find one meal is enough for both of them. You don't want them to feel obligated to have to buy more than that.

Customers who frequent certain locations will learn what the portions look like. It will vary significantly from one restaurant to the next. This can make it difficult to eat at someplace new though. It is a prime reason why so many travelers look for chain restaurants. They know exactly what they will be given and the portions they can expect as well.

How much food you offer is an issue you really need to take a close look at before you get ready to open or to set your prices. It is one of those details that most of us don't think about unless we are a part of such a business. Make sure you compare what you are thinking of offering to other restaurants in the area. You want to be comparable so that your customers will be happy.

There are many customers who dine out but that watch calories and portion sizes. They want to be able to enjoy a decent sized meal as well. They don't want to be paying for heaps of food they will never touch. Do your best to balance things out so you can keep your customers coming back for more.
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Amazingly Patricia Farnham actually knows what whe is talking about when it comes to the restaurant business industry. Read her insight on how to start a restaurant.
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