National Restaurant Consultants offers insight to holiday hours and closures
Next week, it’s Christmas, and all across the United States and beyond, families and friends will be gathering for holiday festivities. Generally, when we think of holiday celebrations, it’s home that comes to mind; but the truth is, festivities happen anywhere. Especially in urban areas, like New York, Chicago, or San Francisco, where residential square footage is harder to come by, people may prefer to host their celebrations outside of their homes.
When it comes to running a business, hours of operation can be a challenge. You have to weigh the costs of remaining open and paying holiday pay with the business you’ll bring in. You have to consider quality of life and who needs time with their families versus who might appreciate the extra hours and earnings. But there is business to be had during the days of Christmas. In fact, Good Housekeeping compiled a list of nationally-known restaurants that remain open over the holidays to serve guests looking for an alternative to in-home parties and dinners.
So which way does the scale tip? National Restaurant Consultants President David Kincheloe recognizes the positive points on both side of the argument.
“It can drive in some extra revenue for sure,” Kincheloe says. “But it can be demotivating to work on Christmas.”
Ultimately, our restaurant consultants say, it’s not worth it. “There can be a huge detrimental effect on your employees. WIth labor being so hard to come by, the cons outweigh the pros. Staying open on Christmas isn’t worth the potential extra revenue,” Kincheloe advises.
Whether you’re open next week or not, from our team to yours, have a wonderful holiday. We look forward to more discussion and food in 2020!