How often should a restaurant be redesigned?

It’s a shame the term ‘redesign’ often says ‘high cost’ in the minds of restaurant owners. Sometimes, refreshing a restaurant’s decor, or its menu, is needed. When done right, a redesign is guaranteed to revitalise your operation; it can even transform your business and make it more successful than it otherwise could have been. Contrary to popular belief, a redesign is not an exercise in risk, and that is primarily because it doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to result in a disruption to your day-to-day service. Read more

How to choose the perfect uniform for your restaurant?

As is no surprise to successful restaurant owners, an attractive and appealing floor begins with the staff. You expect faultless service from your waiters, bartenders, chefs, maitre d’s; this expectation, of course, covers every aspect of the hospitality they provide your guests. That includes uniforms; and somewhat unbelievably, uniforms are an oft-overlooked tack-on in too many restaurant operations. Make no mistake: you need a stylish uniform. Fortunately, it needn’t be complicated. Read more

Opening a restaurant? Don’t overlook these 5 crucial elements


No one ever said owning and running a restaurant is easy, but few understand how difficult it can be. In working with hundreds of restaurant operators, we have learned at least one thing about the restaurant game: Preparation is key. Prepare, prepare, prepare. An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure. Prepare twice, cry once. Etcetera.

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5 myths about top quality leather menu covers you should never believe

Here are a few widely-held misconceptions about leather: it’s only for up-market restaurants. It dates quickly. It always looks the same. It’s unaffordable. It won’t suit my restaurant’s decor.

All of these are categorical fallacies. Leather menu covers can be a stunning addition to any restaurant, and here is why.

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Stylish top-quality leather goods, made for the hospitality industry to exact specifications

At The Leather Menu Factory, we believe superior hospitality happens thanks to a perfect balance between style and functionality. Every business in the hospitality industry – be it a restaurant, bar, cafe, or hotel – wants to leave a unique mark on guests, and our goods are the ideal tool for providing a memorable experience punctuated by the effortless elegance and robustness of leather. Read more

Creating a better guest experience, summed up in two simple operational choices

Here is an emerging truth hotel operators and hospitality providers must consider: room guests are more discerning and demanding now than they ever have been. Decades ago, a hotel room was a transient one-stop boarding solution, used only for sleeping and recuperation between two destinations. Hotels weren’t designed to be a holistic luxury experience. Read more

5 ways to design a restaurant menu to maximise sales

Did you know most big-name supermarkets are laid out to maximise the amount of goods you buy? Chips are over with soft drinks. Bananas are next to the hot chickens. Lavosh crisps and dips are discounted at the same time. Staples like milk and eggs are in the far corners, so you have to walk past everything to stock up. By the time you finish navigating the store for the necessities that mandated going there in the first place, you’ve got amassed a trolley of unrelated bits and bobs. And it happens every time. And, social science says, you probably had a great time along the way.

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Why choose leather for your restaurant menu covers?

Decor forms a crucial part of the dining experience. Facilitating a makeover is easier than you think.

For many restaurants and cafes, formulating a decor and bringing it to life is a troublesome task. You’ve got food to prepare and customers to satisfy, and given service deadlines in the hospitality game roll on to infinity, it’s easy to put long-term creative daydreams aside. Read more