Restoration Solutions Help Restaurants Cut Costs
As restaurant operators continue to cope with the financial fallout from the pandemic and global supply chain issues, they are turning to restoration solutions to help bolster customer traffic and improve their bottom line.
Falling COVID numbers and the rollout of the vaccine are helping increase restaurant profits. As cities lift mask mandates and customer confidence improves, restaurant operators can see a light at the end of the tunnel. The rise of the Delta variant limited initial gains, but many operators are hopeful for high customer counts as the holiday season kicks into full swing. A majority of restaurant operators reported same-store sales and customer traffic levels above their September 2020 results, according to the latest Restaurant Performance Index by the National Restaurant Association. The RPI is a monthly composite index that tracks the health of the restaurant industry in the United States.
Global Supply Chain Issues Hamper Growth
Now that restaurants are able to put the pandemic in the rearview mirror, they are being hit with supply chain disruptions sparked by initial industry shutdowns. A trip to the grocery store and seeing all the empty spots on the shelves puts the disruptions into stark reality. Restaurant customers are becoming familiar with signs warning them certain menu items might be out of stock and long waits for car repairs are becoming the norm. A shortage of truck drivers and port congestion are taking its toll by further exacerbating supply delays.
Many restaurant operators experienced supply delays or shortages of key food or beverage items in recent months, and 91 percent of operators are paying more for food. Businesses are also discovering there is a long wait for replacement parts. Simply picking up the phone and ordering a new seat or part for a broken refrigerator is no longer an easy or timely solution.
Refurbishing Fixes Headaches
Restoration solutions are key to helping restaurants thrive during this difficult season. Restaurant owners are turning to companies like Creative Colors International to refurbish their dining rooms and attract new customers without breaking the bank. Refurbishing allows restaurants to continue operations with minimal disruptions while repairs are completed in house.
Here are a few repair solutions to implement to impress customers.
Repair Seating. One way restaurant operators are saving money and improving the experience for diners is to make repairs to damaged vinyl surfaces on chairs and booths. Constant wear and tear frequently causes gouges, rips and cracks to seating, which can be unsightly for customers. In addition, buying new chairs or seating booths is no longer an option for restauranteurs on a budget. The supply chain disruptions are sending the price of vinyl up, making repairs a cost-effective choice.
Restaurant operators are searching for alternatives to purchasing brand new seats. Many operators are discovering they can save up to 90% in costs by having a skilled technician make repairs. Technicians undergo extensive training and use the latest technology to make seamless and efficient repairs. They can even repair fading due to sun damage. As an added bonus, mobile repair workers can do the work at their restaurant after hours, so there is no disruption in regular business. Making quick repairs also prevents operators from having to close part of their dining room and the surface repairs make the seats look good as new.
“We had the damaged surfaces on our seating booths repaired instead of replaced, and it was great for us in several ways,” said Jason Coursey, owner of The Catch in Oklahoma City. The Catch is a fast-casual seafood restaurant with numerous locations across Oklahoma and Texas. “The process was very convenient and didn’t disturb our service in any way. By choosing to repair the booths, it saved us about half the cost of purchasing new ones.”
Fix Your Floor. The floors in your restaurant see a lot of foot traffic. Between wait staff and customers, the highly trafficked areas of your restaurant’s linoleum may start to look dingy over time. Linoleum is designed to be sturdy and affordable but it is not indestructible. Companies can make repairs to your vinyl flooring when your kitchen is closed to help you prevent the high-cost of laying new flooring. There are technicians who have the tools and equipment to provide industry-leading vinyl floor repair services that save up to 95 percent in expenses by helping you salvage your flooring.
Apply a Coat of Paint. Repainting your dining room will go a long way to freshening up your restaurant. It’s also an easy fix to give your dining room a new look. Painting is a simple task to tackle and will not require you to close up shop. Simply haul the brushes and cans out after
Restoration Reduces Carbon Footprint
At a time when customers are paying close attention to the impact they have on the environment, refurbishing will help your business reduce its carbon footprint. A new survey revealed 77 percent of Americans are concerned about the environmental impact of products they buy and they want the businesses they visit to share their values. Refurbishing is environmentally friendly. Instead of sending products to the landfill, refurbishing injects new life into your existing furniture and floors.
Making inexpensive changes like spiffing up your restaurant’s interior and repairing damaged flooring will help your dining room stand out and drive profits in the months ahead.
Mark Bollman is the President of Creative Colors International, the nation’s leading on-site repair and restoration franchise.