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1 Front Of The House Functions

2 Key Terms General Manager Residence time Front-of-the-House
Call-ahead seating Seating Point-of-Sales System (POS) Reservation Culinary Walk-ins Pass-through Open seating Booking a reservation Overbooking

3 General Manager The general manager (GM) is responsible for the overall operation of the restaurant Often, the owner of the restaurant is the general manager They are accountable for: The entire restaurant operation Front-of-the-house employees Back-of-the-house employees Supervise the other managers in the restaurant If the restaurant is apart of a corporate chain, the GM will be responsible for communications with the corporate headquarters

4 Front-of-the-House Functions
Front-of-the-house refers to the area in a hospitality business that guests usually see In a restaurant, the front-of-the-house usually includes: Lobby or entrance Hostess/ Host stand Dining Room Front-of-the-house employees work directly with guest

5 Front-of-the-House Functions
The front-of-the-house is responsible for the following six functions: Seating guest Selling food Transmitting orders to the kitchen Serving customers Bussing tables Obtaining payment form customers

6 Seating Seating is the process of finding seats for customers in a restaurant When customers enter a restaurant, they are seated by a host or hostess Customers should be seated as soon as they enter the restaurant Customers should be seated so that they will be served in the most efficient way

7 Seating A specific server is responsible for the tables in his or her station The host or hostess must evenly distribute the guests so that one station is not filled while another is empty Many restaurants have a computerized table management system If there are no tables available when the guests arrive, the hostess will give them a pager The customers will be paged when the restaurant has a table available to sit them at

8 Seating A reservation is a promise to hold something for a customer until the customer needs it In the restaurant industry, a reservation is a promise to have a table available for them Customers call ahead to reserve a table for a specific number of people for a particular date and time

9 Seating Walk-ins are customers who arrive at a restaurant but have not made a reservation These customers walk in the door and expect to be seated Open seating is when a restaurant will not accept reservations Customers are seated on a first come, first served basis

10 Seating The process of taking a reservation is called booking a reservation Reservations have advantages and disadvantages The main advantages include: Tables are ready when the customer arrives The restaurant will have an accurate account of the people to expect The main disadvantages include: Guest may not show up for the reservation The restaurant will lose money

11 Seating To avoid losing money when guests do not show up, some restaurants make more reservations than there are tables, this is called overbooking Residence time is the time that it takes a party to eat a meal, pay the bill, and leave the restaurant 90 minutes are usually needed for a party of four people to eat a complete meal that includes appetizers, beverages, the main course, and dessert

12 Seating Call-ahead seating is a fairly new seating method
It is also called priority seating Call-ahead seating is when a customer calls the restaurant and have their names added to the waiting list It does not guarantee the guest will have a table It guarantees them a place in line

13 Sales The sales function occurs when the server takes the customer’s food order Servers use a process called suggestive selling Suggestive selling is recommending menu items that the customer may like Suggestive selling also increases sales for the restaurant and usually increases tips for the server Ways restaurants use suggestive selling: Include wineglasses in the place setting Sitting wine on the table Offering additional items to an entrée Offering dessert Offering an after dinner drink

14 Transmitting Orders A critical part of the restaurant business is getting the customers’ orders to the kitchen, then getting the correct orders back to the customers This process can be broken into five steps; Taking the order Transmitting the order Preparing the order Checking the order Retrieving the order

15 Taking Orders The server takes the orders from the guest
Each table in the restaurant has a number At each table, the guest have a number Each restaurant has their own way of filling out checks for the guest The server must ensure that each order is recorded accurately

16 Taking Orders 2 3 2 1 1 4 Entrance 3 4

17 Taking Orders Many restaurants use computers to improve the process of taking orders and transmitting them to the kitchen This computerized system is called a point-of-sales system A point-of-sales system (POS) is a computerized system for recording an order at the place where the order is taken

18 Transmitting Orders to the Kitchen
Once the orders are accurately recorded, they must be transmitted to the kitchen There are two basic methods of transmission: Computerized Non-computerized In the non-computerized method, the server goes to the kitchen, places the order on a spindle, cook prepares the order In a computerized system, there is at least one printer in the kitchen. The orders are entered and sent to the proper printer

19 Transmitting Orders to the Kitchen
The POS also improves ordering and transmission accuracy It will calculate and print out all the checks Other capabilities of the system include: Track the number of menu items sold Alert servers of items that have sold out Keeping track of inventory Credit/debit card processing Employee time clock Employee schedules Payroll Accounting Frequent diner loyalty programs Sales reports

20 Preparing Orders Once the orders are in the kitchen, the culinary staff takes over Culinary means related to kitchens and cooking The culinary staff consists of: Chefs Cooks And other staff involved in preparing food While the main course is being prepared, the server can serve appetizers, soups, and salads

21 Preparing Orders Timing of food preparation is a critical skill in the restaurant business All guest of the same party should be served their main courses at the same time However, different courses take different amounts of time to prepare In many restaurant a team member called an expediter will organize the timing of the food

22 Checking Orders After an order is done, but before it is packed up and served, it should be checked for accuracy and appearance The order should first be checked against the original order, either on the POS or the guest check The portion sizes must be correct, and the food must be properly cooked and arranged on the plate

23 Retrieving Orders Food should be served as close to the time that it is finished cooking as possible Most restaurants will have a special area equipped with heat lamps to keep the food hot until served, this area is called the pass-through or the window Restaurants have various ways of alerting the staff that the food is ready Neon Number Board POS Alert at Computer Terminal Wireless Paging System

24 Serving Serving food and beverages is a major function of the front-of-the-house Regardless of style of service, quality service is the primary responsibility of the front-of-the-house staff Quality service takes place when guests in a restaurant never have to ask for anything Guest often do not realize that they have received excellent service until after they have left the restaurant

25 Bussing Bussing is: Setting the place settings on the table
Clearing the dirty dishes from the table Assisting the servers whenever needed

26 Payment After dessert and additional beverages are served, the check should be given to the customer If the server cannot determine who the host of the party is, the check should be placed face down in the center of the table Actual handling of payment is done in several ways: Customers take payment to a cashier Server takes payment

27 Payment Many restaurants only accept cash
Others will accept credit and debit cards Restaurants within hotels will often allow hotel guests to charge restaurant bills to the room

28 Front-of-the House Functions
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