5 Tips for becoming a better restaurant manager

Bridging the Gap, like professional growth or the growth of an organization, is a process.  A process that begins and ends with you.  If you want to get to the next level, if you want your restaurant or sports bar to operate with high standards, if you want your team members to be better trained, if you want to be more organized, if you want your guests to have a 5-Star experience, then the person staring back at you from the mirror is the one that is responsible for making it happen. 

That person in the mirror and that person alone is responsible for identifying the gap in front of you that is keeping you from accomplishing GREAT things.  The pressing question is:  Are you “the BRIDGE” or “the GAP”?

The article below struck a chord with me when I first read it…elementary principles that, when put into action, bridge the gap towards our desired results.

“One of the most important things in running a business is good communication.   As hard as it is contriving restaurant management strategies, it might be even harder to delegate particular tasks to different people.  If you are a restaurant manager, having strong communication skills is paramount to a successful restaurant and career.  It starts with creating a solid plan and continues with your ability to keep the team on track, being flexible, and showing superior leadership.

Establish Your Work Plan

Restaurant management should be based on a solid, well thought out plan.  First, think about what should be done and when it should be done.  Then you can take a look at your restaurant’s staff and decide who you should delegate to a particular task.  Don’t give any easy tasks to people who need a challenge and don’t push rookies into doing something complicated.  You know your staff, you should know what each of them is capable of.

It is also important that you understand the needs of employees and try to facilitate their work.  There are solutions available in the marketplace that help to organize restaurant work and shorten task time.  A good idea is to run a POS system that will make it easier to control inventory, costs and sales, or restaurant food online ordering system, which will automate the process of receiving and managing orders in delivery.

You’ll also want to build into your plan training your employees.  Even if they are seasoned vets of the restaurant industry, there’s always something new to learn. Be it cross-training, getting certified, or expanding your team’s know-how, it’s easy for training and career development to never get done if it’s not built into your plan from the get-go.

Don’t Hesitate to Write Something Down

Even though your restaurant management strategies are solid, chaos will still find its way into your restaurant.  It’s the nature of the beast.  There are guests coming in and out, staff working shifts.  With so much hustle & bustle it’s easy to forget about something.  That’s why you shouldn’t hesitate to write important things down.  That way you will make sure it will actually get done and you won’t stress about it as much.

Be a Good Restaurant Manager; Set a Good Example

Your subordinates look up to you.  They only do what you allow them to do. It’s not only about what you actually tell them to do – your body language is just as important.  If they see you not caring about a guest, they will do the same thing; they will feel they are allowed to do so.  If you play on your phone during shift hours, so will they.  If you lean against the wall in the presence of customers, they will do the same thing.  Restaurant management is much more than just delegating and making plans. It’s about leading by example in all aspects of your business.

Take Care of Relations Between Your Coworkers

All of your refined restaurant managementtools are good for nothing if your restaurant’s staff don’t get along.  They don’t have to be friends.  They don’t even have to like each other.  But they have to tolerate each other and learn how to work together.  Every little conflict can grow and fester, and big conflicts can hurt your business.  Besides, people who like each other are much better at work – think about it whenever you see some hateful looks between your subordinates.

Listen to Your Customers

Being a restaurant manager requires watching carefully everything around and drawing conclusions.  Still, you are just a human, and you cannot be everywhere and see everything – that’s just physically impossible.  You might miss your staff’s misbehavior and that is why it’s so important to ask your restaurant’s guests about the service and their feelings in general.  They might tell you what you don’t see.  Listen to their comments about their server’s behavior, but also about your bartender’s and chefs’ skills.


Well organized work is not also more efficient, but also more rewarding.  Most of the problems that a restaurant manager is facing is somehow connected to one of the examples we mentioned in the article.  Every managing problem has a solution – you just have to get to the bottom of it.

Good luck! “

By Urszula Zywer, UpMenu

Planning.  Documenting. Mentoring. Training. Listening.

Really simple gap closing/bridge building information that provides the blueprint to success in our chosen profession.  The FIVE tips can get you to good, (even though the title said better) if you want to settle in there.  I am just simply not happy with good; I want to be great.

Good.  Better.  Best

Never let it rest.

Until your good is better and your better is best.

The gap between good and great is immense.  But how do we bridge it?  Remember this thought of the day from earlier this week?  “Keep my words positive. Words become my behaviors. Keep my behaviors positive. Behaviors become my habits. Keep my habits positive. Habits become my values. Keep my values positive. Values become my destiny.”

Serve others well.

Take responsibility.

Attitude is everything.

Results matter.

Strive for excellence.

That’s how we go from good to great.  That’s how we BRIDGE THE GAP.