A fellow restaurateur attempting to sell his business claimed his real estate broker told him his restaurant "didn´t show well". In order to sell it he needed to perform a "refreshing". If it didn´t show well to a real estate broker, how did it show to a customer planning to have dinner? Probably not that well.
As creatures of habit, we become comfortable with our surroundings. At times, we are in the midst of deterioration and seldom notice it. However, those who walk in for the first time are subject to a first impression environment that will last forever.
Spring is the time to get busy and refresh. Menus, staff, and hours frequently change with the buds on the trees. This year inspect your restaurant and touch up, clean up and spruce up all of those areas that may have been neglected during those dark days of winter.
Here is a ten-tip list for places that may need attention. It´s always good to rent or buy a power washer for the kitchen and bathroom floors and the outside of the building.
1). Bathrooms — Clean the grout, tile, sinks, counter tops and paint the inside of the cabinets under the sink used for storage. If your stall doors are chipped, dented, and peeling replace them or at least give them a fresh coat of paint. Power wash the floor. Paint the inside and outside of the bathroom doors.
2). Kitchen — Power wash floors and walls. Polish stainless, clean ovens, grills. If your vents are not professionally cleaned monthly, now is the time to have them done. Wash the inside of the walk-in.
3). Baseboards- Nightly floor mopping keeps the floors bright but ruins the appearance of the baseboards. If you check them, you´ll see they need painting. Scrape the grease and accumulated grime from the corners.
4). Tables and chairs- Clean the table bases, tops and undersides of the tables. People still use the tables as gum receptacles. Scrape it off. Check the chair legs. The bottoms may have suffered from the nightly mopping.
5). Bar- Scrub the floor behind the bar. Check underneath sinks and coolers for lemons, limes and general stray objects. Wipe down the stainless and clean the inside of the coolers.
6). Storage closets need to be cleaned out, painted and reorganized.
7). Carpeting should be inspected, cleaned or replaced.
8). Windows should be cleaned inside and out. The casings may need painting. Check them.
9). Door handles should be checked, tightened, cleaned and polished. Does your bar need a fresh coat of varnish?
10). Make sure all floor drains are cleaned and deodorized.
The list is simple. We all know how easy it is to overlook a corner or two. Nothing beats crossing off a task on the ongoing punch-list. It´s a sign of spring.