You may find that serving alcohol in your restaurant is going to work out very well. It could bring in more customers for you that otherwise would choose to dine somewhere that offers them wines, wells, and drafts for them to consume. However, some individuals don’t like the idea of eating somewhere that offers alcohol. They have the concept that they are eating at a bar instead of at a restaurant.
During peak times, many people don’t like having to wait 15 or 20 minutes for a table to open up in a restaurant. They will likely go somewhere else instead of waiting around. However, if you offer alcohol, a high percentage of them will decide to enjoy a drink during that wait period instead of eating at a different location.
Most restaurant owners will tell you that they sell a large amount of alcohol. They will also tell you that they are able to sell it for a substantial profit too. Many restaurant owners have come up with a good solution to slow times with alcohol too. They can offer buckets of beer at 5 pm so an after work crowd shows up. They can also offer great specials on drinks and appetizers during the afternoon so that people will be enticed to drop in.
Getting started to serve alcohol is going to be an investment for your restaurant though. You will need to determine how much it is going to cost you to get the bar area set up. There is the expense of the alcohol, the supplies, and the machinery to blend the various drinks. It is important that you find a good supplier that can offer you quality alcohol at a good price.
In order to ensure that the drinks are made properly, you will want to hire a couple of bartenders that have experience. You definitely don’t want your customers complaining about the quality of their drinks. This will be one more overhead expense for you to figure into the equation.
You will need to work out a system for delivering the drinks to your customers. While anyone can take those orders, only individuals at least 21 years of age can deliver them to the tables. You don’t want to get yourself into a situation where under age individuals are serving alcohol. You also don’t want to depend on just one person to do it because that will create a bottleneck. Your customers aren’t going to be happy waiting a long period of time to get their drinks served.
You also don’t want to get yourself involved in legal issues because under aged people are accessing alcohol in your establishment. As for ID on every person regardless of how old they look. Make sure only those that have ordered the drink are consuming it because some people will try to share it with others in their group that are under age. You also don’t want to be serving alcohol to those that appear to be intoxicated.
The choice to serve alcohol isn’t right for every type of restaurant, but it may be right for you. After you have carefully evaluated your needs and the expense of serving alcohol, you can make the choice that is right for you. Take your time to become familiar with the legal process for your state as well. Keep in mind some types of chain establishments don’t allow alcohol to be served.