Best Practices for Reopening Restaurant with Fast Table Turnaround Time

Best Practices for Reopening Restaurant with Fast Table Turnaround Time 

Our radio guest this week is Sesto of Da Sesto Italiano Ristorante e Vino. Sesto finally reopens his restaurant with limited capacity and days during the pandemic. He shared his COVID-19 business journey, discussing how he pivoted a fine dining, sit-down Italian restaurant to offer takeout and delivery, without using any third-party delivery service. He used his own employees to make deliveries, keeping them employed during the shutdown. He adapted quickly by taking advantage of technology like Takeout Button® online ordering as early as mid March, when the pandemic had just begun. 

In his radio interview, he also discusses his clever way of using the Takeout Button® online ordering system to speed up table turnaround time for dine-in guests. Customers who make dine-in reservations online receive an email with a link that allows them to prepay for their meals. When they arrive at the restaurant, their food will be ready. This reduces wait times, minimizes contact with other customers and servers, and shortens meal time, speeding up table turnaround time overall. The restaurant can be ready to seat more customers, which is critical when operating within 50% capacity limits.

Sesto partners with Meals on Wheels and also has a Pay It Forward page on his website that allows anyone to support his mission to feed front line workers. You can Pay if forward at https://order.dasesto.com/buy/DaSesto/payitforward.

Listen to the full interview episode at https://takeoutbutton.com/SestoInterviewMay27.mp3

 Sesto Radio Interview

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