The ability to pan a dining room and spot significant elements out of place is an inherent quality honed to perfection only with practice over time. When
However, one of the most annoying sites in Allen’s dining room, and other rooms across the country is the wadded up paper napkin or its cousin, the double-stacked matchbook used to level shaky tables on a crooked floor. A room gleaming with perfection can be instantly tarnished when a customer asks to have their table secured and a waiter arrives with a stack of bar coasters claiming, “These will do the trick.”
While rummaging through a box of saved junk attempting to simplify life, I came across one of the most needed pieces of equipment any restaurateur could invest in. And, although it may be financially difficult to make any purchases no, the importance of this minimal investment will alleviate dining room annoyances upsetting to customers.
Shuv-it, the black rubber wedge that slides between the rocking table leg and the crooked floor will save you time, aggravation and money. Disrupting the flow of a busy, rhythmic dining room to level a table on a Saturday night is not any manager’s idea of enjoyment. And, it never fails, once a customer realizes a neighboring table is rocking, theirs will also be less stable than it was only moments before.
So do yourself and your staff a favor and purchase a box of Shuv-its. Keep them in a safe place so they don’t disappear in the apron pockets and remind the person who mops and vacuums the dining room floor to replace them at night.
Think how professional it will appear to walk into your dining room, pan the space, and not see any wadded up napkins, matchbooks, or paper towels on the floor, supporting a shaky table.
Alleviating customer annoyances is vital in a competitive market.