Restaurant Menu Changes
Posted 04 August 2011 - 09:05 PM
There are those restaurants that rarely change their menus aside from price updates (e.g. pizza places, delis), and then there are restaurants that change their menus daily. For the majority of restaurants that fall in between those two extremes, I'm trying to figure out if there is a pattern to when during the year restaurants are most likely to change/update their menus.
Any insight would be appreciated. I guess I'm particularly interested in the trade-offs between changing your menu "too often" so as to be burdensome vs. how chefs will design/plan the menu in the first place. If it mostly depends on seasonality, does that just mean you would update the menu more frequently (say, weekly) during the spring/summer months, and then less frequently (say, monthly or quarterly) during the winter fallow season? What other factors come into play with the decision to change the menu?
Posted 04 August 2011 - 09:43 PM
Posted 05 August 2011 - 07:05 AM
Posted 05 August 2011 - 08:18 AM
Regarding seasonality. I know a couple of restaurants that feature market specials based on what is available in the given week's farmer's market. Its fun to see what the chefs are buying as inspiration for my meal.
Edited by DanM, 05 August 2011 - 08:22 AM.
Posted 06 August 2011 - 07:59 AM
Posted 09 August 2011 - 06:47 PM
So it sounds like aside from the restaurants that do a larger menu change around the 4 seasons (and supplement with changes in the sides, or market-dependent specials), there may not be a predictable cycle to menu changes. Responses to changes in staff, or changing up specific menu items that aren't popular may happen, but not predictably.
Has anyone noticed any restaurants that update their menus more frequently in the spring/summer when more produce is coming into season in abundance, and yet also change it in the winter, but less frequently -- so different pacing of menu updates depending on season? I can't think of any myself, or at least have never noticed it, but I also don't tend to dine out regularly enough at any one restaurant to have noticed something like that. If anyone has examples, I would love to hear it.
Posted 09 August 2011 - 07:40 PM
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