The impending rise of the minimum wage is hanging heavy over restaurant owners heads. There needs to be preparations and changes made. It is likely that the minimum wage will be rising in New Mexico annually, and when that happens restaurant owners need to be prepared with ways that they can combat the higher labor prices. One thing that you probably want to avoid is cutting staff or raising menu prices unreasonably because this will be noticeable to your customers and it could cause you to lose business. There are some things that you can do to combat high prices that won’t do quite as much damage in the eyes of the customer.
The first thing that you should do is rethink your menu. Think about ingredients, portions and other factors that you can change without your customers even batting an eye. You may also consider shortening the menu and focusing in on a certain type of cuisine or just a few of your bigger menu choices. Now is not the time to have something for everyone on your menu. The last think you need to do when looking at your menu is find out which items may be less productive for the chefs and what items could be eating up costs in the way of time.
If you are a individual restaurant instead of a big chain, you can also try changing your hours of operation. If you notice that no one is coming in between lunch and dinner, you can close from 3 to 5. This keeps you from having to pay for your employee’s time when they aren’t having to serve. You should also look into reaching out to customers through social media or in other creative ways so that you can keep loyal customers coming back.
There are many of other changes you can make to your restaurant to make it more cost effective as prices for labor go up. The one thing that you shouldn’t do is cut staff, the customers will notice, service will go down, and employees will all be stressed out with the extra amount of work they are tasked with. If you want even more alternatives you can look to Restaurant Hospitality. More…