Restaurants take a beating from the moment they first open to the public until the last time they close. Caused by both monumental crowds and constant activity or the simple lack of attention from staff and owners restaurant wear is more noticeable when less occupied in January.
It´s a great clean up month.
Just last week, Bob Shapiro suggested a blog on dirty doors and shabby handles. Shapiro sees more restaurants in one day than most residents of Fargo, North Dakota see in a lifetime. According to the Shapiro Watchful Eye Report, those in charge of cleaning often ignore front entry and bathroom doors. That could be the problem. Who is in charge of keeping your front door clean?
Take Sonoma´s Swiss Hotel for example. From New Year´s Day until January 10, the hotel is closed for yearly cleaning and painting. Mike O´Leary and his crew of craftsmen repaint, repair and replace anything that will never venture long enough to become an antique. On January 11, when the dining room reopens you need sunglasses on the gloomiest of days to enter. Bright and spotless the eatery welcomes locals and visitors, enticing them to enjoy the food and the ambiance accompanied by fresh walls, ceilings, beams and carpeting. No dirty doors there.
Here´s a short list for January clean up.
1). Clean the front door if you can, repaint if you need to.
2). Paint the waiter’s stations. Get the coffee spills and splatters off the wall.
3). Give you bathrooms a fresher look. Bathrooms have become a focal point of many restaurant reviews. Take pride in yours otherwise you may be caught with your pants down when that reviewer comes to town.
4). Paint the kitchen. It´s a morale boost for your crew.
5). Take your bar down to bare counters. Wipe down all the bottle, shine all the surfaces, and check underneath the coolers – you may find a lemon or two.
6). Tackle the storage closet. Frightening as it may seem there is probably something there that shouldn´t be.
7). Check your oven for cleanliness and calibration.
8). One of the benefits of the slow season – you have less inventory on hand- a perfect time to thoroughly wash the walk-in cooler.
9). Dust the collectors.
10). Go into your office and tackle that pile of invoices that have been stacking up. Call for a Shapiro front door inspection.