It’s that time of year again when hospitality and restaurant industry experts around the world provide critical, deep insights into the upcoming trends, changes, and innovations for 2019, and we’re no exception to the rule. After all, keeping pace with the ever-evolving trends and staying ahead of the curve in the year 2019 is essential for any savvy restaurant and bar owner.
In our previous blog posts, we explained how the importance of the latest technology tools grew precipitously in the last few years. Additionally, we also clarified why the advanced software is becoming a necessity for restaurants and bars. Some critical topics illuminating light on the new marketing tactics, entertainment ideas, and other areas, were:
- How to Lift Online Food Order Value for your Italian Restaurant?
- 4 Management Software and Apps for your Italian Restaurant
- A Strategic Guide to Online Review Management for Restaurants
- Convenient and Successful Digital Marketing Strategies for Bars
- Line Busting Approach: What is it & how can it Increase your Restaurant’s Revenue?
- 5 Expert Tips for Hosting Live Music Events at Your Restaurant
In 2018, one of our blog posts aimed at making a restaurant ready for Gen Z Shoppers and also offered various characteristics that would help restaurateurs catch their attention as well as improve profits. The year 2019 will be even more evolving as nightclubs and bars continue to stay relevant in the Gen Z-driven technology world.
For club operators looking forward to welcoming the New Year with a bang (Hein, by bang, we don’t mean getting absolutely hammered), we’ve compiled a list of top five trends that will steer the bar and restaurant industry. Incorporating them into your various business strategies will help you revitalize your engagement with your clientele, boost sales, give you the competitive edge, and make your nightclub and bar the best hotspot in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
So, let’s waste no time and dive right in!
Trend #1: Data drives everything
The trend of using data in business operations has escalated exponentially for quite some time now and will continue to grow in 2019 as well. The recent advancements in technology will allow restaurant owners to move beyond customization, to an even more comprehensive level of service, i.e., Personalization.
The more you get to know your customers, the more you can personalize offers and menu suggestions for them. There’s a prediction that data is set to drive virtually every element of restaurant operations, including the menu suggestions, fun methods, marketing appeals, ordering process, kitchen design, and loyalty program.
Trend #2: Digital menus for everything
From the past few years, bar & restaurant owners have been using digital menus to engage guests and enhance the overall design of their premises. Undoubtedly, this trend is likely to continue in 2019 and beyond. As the restaurant industry continues to grow, patrons are becoming increasingly savvy.
Today’s diners are insistent on gathering information on the food and drinks they’re looking to buy. And that’s where the concept of digital menus comes in and opens up tons of opportunities for bar owners to showcase their featured drinks, daily specials, delightful and delicious meal offerings, exclusive events, promotional discounts, as well as customer testimonials.
Trend #3: Off-premise service
There are countless options available these days for people who are fond of eating and drinking at home. With the growing popularity of delivery services such as UberEats, PostMates, Amazon Prime, and Grubhub, it’s more important than ever to make sure that your bar or restaurant offers off-premise services as well.
As a bar owner, there are numerous things you can do to cater to the off-premise crowd, which include revamping order pickup areas to streamline to-go orders, constructing separate drive-thru for delivery drivers (both third-party and in-house), etc. Also, you can think of offering travel-friendly food options or meals that can be heated at home like Sandwiches, Pizzas, and Burgers as it is a great way to buoy up more off-premise orders.
Trend #4: High-end non-alcoholic drinks
Another trend that will remain pertinent next year is the increasing popularity of sophisticated and luscious non-alcoholic drinks. These drinks include thirst-quenching, fresh juices, lemonades, smoothies, soft drinks, mocktails, as well as premium coffee on nitro taps.
While non-alcoholic drinks can never be your bar’s best sellers, they undeniably show guests that you care about their experience. The booze-free menu can be a tool to encourage responsible drinking while still participating in the cocktail culture. Your skilled and experienced bartenders can always use their creativity and dedication to prepare alcohol-free drinks that can outstandingly expand your bar’s appeal.
Trend #5: Gut friendly food options
Gut-friendly, lower-intensity, and allergen-free foods are identified as the most healthier and lucrative trend for the future. Now that these foods are mainstream, restaurants and bars located around the world are including them in their menu.
The best part of these food options is that they can soothe an upset stomach and promote healthy digestion. In the coming few months, chefs can be seen incorporating probiotic, prebiotic, and anti-inflammatory ingredients in their recipes and pairing hot peppers with sweet, savory, smoky, and tangy ingredients to deliver more complexity.
As you can see, there will be many new thrilling trends hitting the stage this year, which you can incorporate to bring in new patrons to your nightclub in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Apart from these, many other promising bar & restaurant trends are bound to persist in 2019. No need to reinvent the wheel; a little trendiness goes a long way.
What dishes and cocktails you want us to serve in 2019? Let us know in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you!