Get ready for your restaurant reopening

18 March 2021
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Prepare your reopening checklist

After the 3rd Covid wave and lockdown which strongly impacted the restaurant industry, the UK government is planning to reopen restaurants with indoor spaces from April 12th and outdoors from May 17th. In order to get your restaurant ready for reopening we listed some key actions and tips for you.

First things first, here’s a practical checklist to be ready to welcome guest again at your restaurant:

  • Make sure to order masks,  alcoholic gel, or plexiglass plate if you plan to use some
  • Begin to order your dry ingredients to refill your stocks
  • Shorten your menu to ease your restaurant management
  • Elaborate easy to prepare recipes if you have fewer employees to restart your activity
  • Assess how many employees you will need for both lunch & dinner (taking into account a lot of workers are still working on remote so lunch activity might be lower than before)
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Take the time to update your restaurant profile on TheFork Manager

Your restaurant is re-opening soon? 

Here’s a quick checklist to support you in updating your restaurant profile on TheFork Manager and get ready to receive bookings again!

  1. Update your calendar and opening hours depending on your new availabilities so that customers can know when you are open and you cannot 
  2. Upload your Special Menus if you have some to both inform TheFork users and raise their interest
  3. Think about updating both your preset menu and a la carte menu 
  4.  Make sure you update your stocks to be compliant with Covid regulations
  5. Indicate the party size based on your government restrictions
  6. Display your Covid Badge on your TheFork profile to show users that you are compliant with the covid safety regulations.
  7. If you are equipped with a sheltered outdoor area, prepare it and add it to your floorplan to welcome clients there too
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 Boost your restaurant online visibility

  • Manage and improve your online reputation. Taking care of all your reviews and comments and your social media channels are key to convey a good online reputation for your business.
  • People are looking forward to coming back to the restaurant!  Update your pictures, especially food-related pictures to attract the eye of our users and push them to book.
  • Communicate on social media about your restaurant reopening & send dedicated CRM & SMS campaign
  • Update your Google MyBusiness profile to make sure users know your restaurant is reopening


Activate useful marketing levers to get more bookings

Bet on social media

Did you know that TheFork restaurant partners can now benefit from a free booking widget to install on their social media pages to get more bookings? In just a few clicks, install TheFork Restaurant Booking widget on your Facebook and Instagram restaurant pages and get more reservations!

Learn more about this feature here 

Rely on TheFork Loyalty program

If you are not part of TheFork loyalty program yet, it’s time to join and capitalise on this great loyalty program to attract more customers and keep them coming back. Learn more about it here.

Offer some discounts 

In order to boost your restaurant occupancy, rely on special offers to boost bookings at low peak hours and ensure a good occupancy and generate revenue all day long.

Better communicate with your customers

With PRO+ versions of TheFork Manager you can build your customer database and prepare emails and sms campaigns to announce your re-opening and special offer. Premium Software access is free for 6 months if you register by February 2020, seize the opportunity to grow your business! Cherry on the cake: we will apply no fees for all bookings coming from Google Reserve. 

In order to accelerate your business recovery, we also worked on some tips to support you diversify your offer to generate revenue all day long. Learn more about it here.


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