These days, there are so many different styles of restaurants. There are fast food restaurants where you can grab mostly pre-made food on the go. Fast-casual restaurants have somewhat more complex menus, but you still order at a counter. There are typical, sit-down restaurants where each person orders their own dish off the menu. And then, there are family-style restaurants where you order dishes for the table to share. The last type of restaurant may not be the most popular, but it's a good style to consider if you're about to open a restaurant. Here are some benefits of this approach.
Your chefs will spend less time plating meals.
At a family-style restaurant, the chef prepares a larger portion of a dish and puts it in one bowl or on one platter. This takes less time and effort than plating separate meals for each person at the table. This means your chefs can keep cooking, spending less time on plating. You may be able to get away with less kitchen staff, and your chefs will be better able to focus on what matters — the quality of their cooking.
You'll encourage a social atmosphere.
These days, people sometimes need a little extra nudge to be social. It's so easy to get buried in your phone, ignoring the actual people around you. Families, in particular, are often looking for ways to keep everyone engaged. Family-style restaurants can offer them that opportunity. Everyone is more likely to converse when they're all passing dishes around and sharing food. Because this is a sought-after situation, you're likely to have plenty of business when you offer a family-style dining option. You can even mention this in your marketing, helping to bring more customers in.
You can offer a different variety of dishes.
There are some dishes that are really well-suited to being served family-style. A whole, roasted chicken or fish, for example, is a great choice for this setup. You can also serve whole loaves of bread, entire pot pies, racks of ribs, etc. Chefs often enjoy the departure from the more typical order-by-the-plate setup as it allows them to experiment with dishes that would otherwise be harder to serve in single portions.
Family-style restaurants are not as popular as other restaurant styles, but they certainly have their place. If you choose to open one, you will enjoy the benefits discussed above, and probably a whole lot more, too.
For more information on a dine-in family restaurant, contact a company like National Coney Island.