Thursday, March 26, 2015

Building Your Restaurant's Uniform

Uniforms are important parts of your restaurant's aesthetic. If your servers are dressed shabbily, or if your bartenders look unkempt and unprofessional, patrons will doubt not only the quality of your food but the value of your restaurant as a whole. What can you do to send a good impression? Here are just four things to keep in mind when dressing your staff.

1. Aprons

There are several types of apron typically found in restaurants. For example, hostesses wear waist aprons while cooks wear bib aprons or bistro aprons. Make sure you order all kinds to suit everyone on your payroll and not just your front-room staff.

 2. Ties The right tie can bring a look together. Conversely, it can also destroy the entire outfit if it's poorly chosen or badly worn. Give serious thought to the ties your employees will be wearing.

 3. Shoes Black shoes are standard in the restaurant business; they won't show wear and tear like other colors. You might also want to mandate that shoes have no-slip bottoms or that they all have laces instead of velcro or straps.

 4. Hair

While not technically part of the uniform, you'll definitely want to regulate how your staff wears their hair. Otherwise you'll get complaints from all kinds of customers when they find strands in their soup!

These are just a few things to consider when putting together the uniforms of your restaurant staff. At the end of the day, the decision is entirely yours. Order today and reap the benefits tomorrow!