Why your Restaurant needs an Emergency Plumber

Owning a restaurant requires that you put in a lot of effort to ensure every aspect of the business is running as smooth as possible. This includes the management and maintenance of your restaurant. Offering great food and excellent service is just an aspect of the business, as it is also required that you ensure the atmosphere is clean, fun, and in good working order. While the plumbing work of the restaurant is often neglected, it is worth noting that the service of an emergency plumber is required especially to handle unexpected situations due to some of the reasons mentioned below.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is where all the magic happens in a restaurant. Consequently, it receives a lot of wear and tear, making it important to ensure that everything is in top shape and maintained properly to avoid a plumbing disaster. However, plumbing emergencies are not predictable and often occur when you least expect. Consequently, having an emergency plumber is more than necessary to ensure that you not only deliver as promised, but you are also able to maintain the reputation of your business.

From tap leakages to faulty faucets, there are several kitchen items that will need the service of a professional plumber. This is to ensure that the kitchen environment is safe and healthy for users while ensuring that every meal that comes out of the kitchen is safe for human consumption.

It is also required to have an emergency plumber at your beck and call to ensure that floor drains are free of debris, preventing any backflow problems in the kitchen.

The Restrooms

While the kitchen is definitely one of the busiest places in the restaurant, restrooms also witness a lot of human traffic. This is particularly true if you have a busy restaurant, as you have customers frequenting the bathrooms. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the plumbing in your restaurant’s restrooms is properly maintained. You also want to ensure that you have an emergency plumber at hand to handle issues with backflow.

Plumbing disasters cannot be necessarily prevented but can be managed to a large extent if you have the service of a reliable professional emergency plumber at hand.

Overheads

Owning a restaurant means that you have a lot of overheads and you are most definitely looking to save money at every opportunity. One way of saving money and cutting cost significantly is to follow the adage ‘a stitch in time saves nine.’ Consequently, it is advised that you have a reliable emergency plumber that will address your plumbing issues almost immediately once they are noticed. This will go a long way toward reducing your overheads while ensuring that the restaurant is not damaged beyond proportion.

It is not enough to have a professional plumber to handle your plumbing issues. It is probably more important to have an emergency plumber who is always ready to answer your call and solve your problem regardless of the time of the day, and this is where CalCoastPlumbing is particularly unique and helpful.

Improve Your Restaurant Business With Monthly Newsletters

As part of your customer service ethic and indeed to start conveying additional promotional offers you should start to send out a monthly newsletter to all of your existing and potential new customers. In an ideal world, this would be undertaken via email, which takes less effort and saves the cost of envelopes and stamps. Topics in the newsletter may include staff profiles, latest specials, wine of the month and any current offers that are running. Be very aware that your regular communication is not considered spam. People should look forward to receiving it, as they know it will add value to their lives, by being either educational or entertaining or preferably both.

The newsletter is a great way to stay in touch with your customers, market to your prospects and ask for feedback. In this, it may be deemed as being quite unique as very few restaurants currently use this method. One editorial idea may be to do an interview feature on a client. Any costs involved in putting this together might be offset by getting one of your suppliers to start sponsoring it. Scour the Internet for ideas on how other restaurants, clubs or bars keep in touch with members on a regular basis.

Try and send your newsletter at least monthly, and to make it interesting you may consider including the following:

  • Seasonal food tips & recipes
  • Celebrity cookbooks to read
  • Upcoming events
  • Sommelier’s Recommendations
  • Kitchen secrets
  • Monthly members benefits
  • New menu items
  • Partner offers
  • Client testimonials
  • Coupons and incentives

Sending your newsletter out by email is the most cost-effective way for you to reach your audience, you should make this activity a priority every month, and you should see a great return on your efforts. Remember to include a link for your customers to forward to their friends, and include any partners on this mailing so that they can forward to their database.

BUSINESS MODEL

Many consultants over the years have put forward a host of different business models to small and medium companies to follow for success. Well, I am of the view that one can really fit all. This model is used by some of the United Kingdom’s largest successful companies and I cannot recommend it highly enough for hospitality businesses.

It goes as follows.

Financial Health = Operational competence + Marketing performance

Financials would include cash in hand, debtor and creditor days, gross & net margins, liquidity ratios etc

Marketing includes new customer acquisition programs, customer retention, repeat business, market position, brand perception of both competition and customers, selling effectiveness, return on your advertising spend amongst others.

What is fascinating is how the vast majority of restaurants score themselves so similarly out of ten for each of these business measurements. Experience says that most people put themselves in the region of sixes and sevens for financial health. In other words, not bad but definitely room for improvement. Marketing normally witnesses the lowest score around five or six. This would appear to highlight that if restaurants are going to dramatically improve their financial positions, by far their largest opportunity lies in getting better at marketing their food and service offer.

A highly recommended fitness novel

Many people aren’t aware of this but an abundance of informative information on fitness/ strength training can be found in books. One of the books I recommend reading if you’re into or trying to get into strength training is “Starting Strength” by Mark Rippetoe. The author of the book has been around the fitness world since 1978 and a great wealth of knowledge can be consumed by reading his book. Rippetoe has also been a competitive powerlifter for roughly a decade and has helped many other athletes improve their performance.

In short summary, Rippetoe’s book is like the bible for lifters. The book explains specific barbell instructions and gets very technical. The book is great for novices because of the vast amounts of information on the various types of techniques in the book.