In almost every small town and large city around the world, you will find one, a family run restaurant. These restaurants are so much a part of the communities that they are in that it is hard to imagine the community without them. Just what is it about family-owned restaurants that makes them so charming to their patrons?
The Friendly Service
One of the things that makes successful family run restaurants so successful is that these restaurants give extremely friendly service. Not only do waiters and waitresses take the time to introduce themselves, but they often ask questions of that guest that make the guests feel as though the servers really care about them. Regulars are pleased when the staff remembers their names and the names of their children and newcomers are thrilled when wait staff asks them about their interests.
In addition, most servers in family restaurants go out of their way to ensure that the food is prepared exactly how the patron wants it prepared often willing substituting one side dish or salad for another at no extra cost.
Most family restaurants have a kid-friendly atmosphere. They go out of their way to make children feel welcome often providing toys and coloring books for the children to use while waiting for their meals to arrive or having a play corner that allows children to play together. Many family restaurants will even serve children’s meals before adults because they know it takes children longer to eat.
Good Family Recipes
One of the most charming things about family-run restaurants is that these restaurants choose much-loved family recipes to include in their menu. These recipes often have a unique taste about them and make those who enjoy them feel as though they are really part of the family. Ironically, while other restaurants keep their cooking a closely guarded secret, many family restaurants will find the cooks freely giving tips and advice to those who ask for it and in some cases even give away favorite recipes.
That Homey Atmosphere
Most important is the homey atmosphere that these types or restaurants foster. The homey atmosphere these restaurants are known for makes every customer feel not like a favored customer but like an actual member of the family. While this is a great feeling for all patrons those, who have no family living close by finding they not only have found a great place to eat, but also a much needed surrogate family.
For others, the friendly open atmosphere is a welcome break from more formal and stuffy dining atmospheres. They enjoy the easy conversation and even humor of the staff and the feeling of having a place to patronize where they feel like they are always welcome.
What makes family-run restaurants so much a part of the communities they operate in is the fact that they offer their customers good food at a good price and make each and every customer feel as though they are coming home.