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Make Your Restaurant More Efficient with These Tips

Make Your Restaurant More Efficient with These Tips

by Daniel Casey

Running a restaurant can be difficult. It’s tricky maintaining the happiness of customers and staff, as well as ensuring everything runs smoothly and safely day after day.

Luckily, we have some top tips to share that can help make life easier and shifts more efficient.

By tightening restaurant efficiency, you can strengthen profits, reduce waste, improve reputation, and gain higher customer satisfaction and loyalty.

So, let’s get started…

Front of House Efficiency


Employee training helps staff soak up the information they need to do their jobs more effectively. By prioritising employee training and providing opportunities, you ensure operations run more smoothly because everyone is on the same page.

If you don’t have a detailed training programme, you’re missing the opportunity to take control of your restaurant’s efficiency.

POS Systems

A point of sale system (POS) creates a completely connected system between your host, servers, kitchen, and back office.

Orders go through the computer, directly to the kitchen, improving communication. Food usage and popular dishes can be tracked too.

There’s also no guessing on sales transactions or inventory management, as all that information is housed for you in one easily accessible place, making business more efficient.

Seating Plan

Optimising your seating plan helps your business make the most out of every service.

By thinking carefully about your table placement, you can drastically improve traffic flow and turnover while reducing accidents within the restaurant.

Your seating plan is key to improving efficiency.

Back of House Efficiency

Organised Storeroom

Back of house efficiency is just as important as front of house operations. An organised storeroom can improve efficiency, reduce waste, and make restocking a smooth process.

For best results, educate your staff about storeroom configuration and set-up to ensure familiarity and improve ease of use. Be mindful of categories, dates, and food safety precautions.

Improve Delivery Process and Movement of Stock

Carrying heavy deliveries up and down staircases can take a lot of time, which can cause other important duties to be neglected and negatively impact efficiency levels.

Traditional methods for deliveries are back breaking and hazardous. Safe systems of work are easily ignored to speed up the operation often resulting in damage to the building, broken stock and even injury.

A cellar lift can transport stock to the required floor quickly and safely, allowing staff to ensure that other tasks are completed to the required standard and they’re always kept safe. Cellar lifts also provide your team with a safe way of transporting ullage and empty barrels back out of the cellar.

Cellar lifts are great for transporting goods safely and efficiently.

The Penny Hydraulics CellarLift is a unique device for handling barrels, case-trays and other food and drink related items between two floors in pubs, bars, hotels, and restaurants. It is widely used throughout the licensed trade to help operators reduce and eliminate manual handling and comply with health and safety regulations.

Our CellarLifts are manufactured here at Penny Hydraulics in the UK allowing both standard and bespoke designs to be installed within short lead times. Plus, our helpful project management team are always on hand to help you from site assessment through the design, manufacture, and installation phases of the project, including whole life maintenance.

Afterall, an efficient restaurant relies on both front and back of house operations, so both need to be carefully considered, and a CellarLift is a great investment for improving restaurant efficiency. Why not get in touch to find out more about CellarLifts?

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