Surviving Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week is a simple concept. A group of restaurants in a specific city or town join together to offer a three-course lunch or dinner at an affordable price. For roughly $35, a diner can get an appetizer, entree, and dessert at a restaurant that previously may have been outside their price range or seemed too fancy for a normal evening out. The diners get to experience new restaurants. The restaurant gets new diners who hopefully become regulars. Everybody wins, right?

Well, it’s not that simple. Restaurant Week comes with unique logistical and operational challenges. Turning a profit can be difficult because you’re selling food at such a discount. Dining rooms are filled on typically slow nights, meaning service might not be up to your normal standards. Your staff will be taxed mentally and physically.

Ready to not only survive — but thrive — during Restaurant Week? Let xtraCHEF be your guide.