When people choose to dine out, there is no shortage of restaurants to choose from. Some of those restaurants are chains, owned by a large corporation that opens them in bustling areas to give people a convenient and decent place to dine out. However, it’s the privately-owned restaurants that chefs and lovers of food open to dish out their hearts to their neighbors, offering a true taste of love through food.
It’s in these privately-owned restaurants that you’ll not only find food that pays attention to the details, but also the staff as well. While chain restaurants certainly do their best to give a good experience to reflect the company’s manufactured image, privately-owned restaurants definitely have more to lose and will go above and beyond to earn your business. It is the goal of the privately-owned restaurant to please guests and want them to come back time and time again.
Owner operated restaurants will also bend over backwards to accommodate your needs, whether it’s a seating request for a special table or a dietary need that must be met. Chefs in privately-owned restaurants make food from scratch and don’t prepare your meal until you order it. Chain restaurants can accommodate your wishes to a certain degree, but there is a lot of chaos and confusion in those kitchens. For many working in those restaurants, it’s merely a stepping-stone to getting the experience they need in a kitchen or restaurant environment and quite often, is a job that helps them pay for college or culinary school. If you’re strictly gluten-free, you might be surprised to find that things can get mixed up or cross-contaminated in the kitchen of a chain restaurant. However, a privately-owned restaurant will specially train the entire team to prevent this from happening.
Additionally, these restaurants have so much more at stake because they have built their restaurant business with their own two hands. So making it stand out from the thousands of other restaurants in a busy city is crucial. By ensuring that customers are thrilled from the moment they walk in to beyond their departure, they are cementing their financial security by creating a customer for life. Training is also a factor for excellent service in privately-owned restaurants. They spend much more time getting their staff from the hostess to the servers to the kitchen crew to be on the same page for how to treat every guest that walks in.
When dining out at a privately owned restaurant, take note of the service you receive. You’ll likely discover it goes well beyond what you expected to ensure you’re met with a friendly face that is knowledgeable, communicates effectively, meets your needs and takes care of you while you dine.