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How Many Menus Do You Need?

You know the important job of your restaurant’s menu and so of course you want to order the best and make sure you have enough on hand. However, you also need to be mindful of your budget and need to avoid over-ordering in this area, especially if you plan to change your menu frequently.

Just how can you be sure that you are ordering the right number of menus or menu covers for your restaurant? One general rule of thumb suggests having on hand enough menus to provide one for every seat in your restaurant plus an additional 10% to have on the shelf. The extras can be used to give to people who may be waiting in your entry area for a table to open up or even to people who choose to go into your bar to wait for a table in the main dining area.

This calculation can be a good beginning but there are some factors that may not make this the best method for you. For example, more people are inclined to dine alone at breakfast or lunch than at dinner. This therefore increases the number of menus that you should have for these meals as fewer people will be able or willing to share menus.

Following is a guide for how to calculate the number of menus or menu covers you should order by the meal or menu type:

  • Breakfast menus—order enough to cover 65% to 80% of your total seating capacity.
  • Lunch menus—order enough to cover 65% to 80% of your total seating capacity.
  • Dinner menus—order enough to cover 50% to 75% of your total seating capacity.
  • Dessert menus—order enough to cover 20% to 35% of your total seating capacity.
  • Wine menus—order enough to cover 20% to 35%of your total seating capacity.

In addition to people dining alone, tables turn faster at breakfast or lunch which also increases the number of menus you would want to have for those times.

KNG prides itself in quality craftsmanship to help give you the best return on your investment when ordering menu items. Well-made menus will last longer and remain in better condition so that you do not need to reorder as often.