As a restaurant owner, the atmosphere you create determines your clientele. If you’re hoping to attract more families, there are a few things you need to consider when creating a more family-friendly restaurant.
What’s on the Menu?
Children can be a little picky about what they eat because they haven’t fully developed their taste buds yet. A family-friendly restaurant will offer simple foods kids enjoy. Meals such as PB&J or mac and cheese are easy to prepare and keep the kids happy.
Mom and dad can sit for hours and talk, but the kids might need something more than that to be happy to come back. Consider some entertainment for children, such as an indoor playground if you have space or child-friendly video games that can fit in a corner.
Coloring pages, paper tablecloths made for drawing on, and games of tic-tac-toe are other things that will make children feel welcome.
Look at the tables and chairs from a child’s perspective.
Seating needs to be comfortable and able to safely hold a booster seat or infant carrier. High chairs should be easily accessible and always clean.
Choose sturdy tables to help avoid spills from wobbling.
Parents looking to get out of the house or take a break from cooking aren’t usually interested in spending a lot of money. They don’t want to pay an outrageous price for their child’s PB&J. Make sure prices are reasonable so families will return.
Nothing makes mom feel better than walking into a restroom with her child and seeing child-size toilets and sinks. It isn’t always possible, but if you can offer at least a lower sink for handwashing, moms will be impressed. (If not, consider adding some plastic stools so kids can reach the sinks.)
And don’t forget changing tables. Install them in both the men’s and ladies’ restrooms so dad can change a diaper too.
Creating a more family-friendly restaurant just takes a few changes if you’re already established. Parents enjoy eating out once in a while and will happily return if the kids are occupied and happy there. Keep families well-fed and comfortable and in return, you’ll have their loyalty.