Reopening restaurant dining rooms while a pandemic ravages the world is a challenge. With customer and staff safety catapulting to the top of the list of priorities, navigating hygiene procedures has become a minefield. As a restaurateur you need to carefully review every aspect of your eatery, considering all possible risks.

Looking around it becomes obvious that a potent tool for the spread of disease within a restaurant premises is the hard copy menu. It does not matter what material these menus are made of or whether they are laminated or not, simply based on the fact that they get passed from hand to hand means that there is a very high chance of contamination. Epidemiologists have issued very strong warnings about the dangers of touching surfaces that are handled by many people, clearly demonstrating how easy it is to contract Covid-19 that way. And so it is a no brainer. If you are to keep your customers and staff safe from infection, the hard copy menu must go.

That leaves you with the question: what is the best alternative to the traditional, but now hazardous, paper menu? A digital menu of course! Then again, purchasing a whole lot of electronic devices would simply be swapping the problem of contamination from one type of surface to another. What you need is a digital menu option that requires no physical contact with common property; something that patrons can access through their personal devices.

Your best bet is to create online menus that are activated via a QR code. In this way, diners can browse a detailed menu on their own phones or tablets. There will be no handling of grubby sheets of paper or common devices. When a customer takes a seat at their table, they whip out their phones, scan the QR code, decide on what they want to eat and put their phone away. No physical menu changes hands and everyone stays safe.

Quite apart from the safety factor, this type of digital menu has a bunch of other benefits too. Contrary to popular belief, they are easy to set up, involving just a few, straightforward steps. They are dynamic, facilitating real-time changes and additions. This means you can include your daily or weekly specials without the worry of having to display notices or slip little flyers into the main menu. Changes are displayed immediately, completely doing away with the need to redesign and reprint menus. Not only do you save time and money, you are also doing your part to protect the environment.

With so many advantages you would assume that to create online menus you would have to spend a fortune. Well, turns out not. Applova is now offering a Free Digital Menu and it is very easy to set up. In fact, you can have your digital menu ready in just five minutes. The steps could not be simpler: upload your logo and customize your theme, set up your products, generate your QR menu, and display these wherever you want to.

Once you have your QR code, you can publicize your menu in all kinds of places. You can print it as a table tent, paste it on your doors and windows, place it at the drive through, and even stick it on your packaging. Your menu becomes truly mobile giving you way more airtime than other platforms.

The good news is that you can make infinite changes to your menu and they will still be available through that original QR code. So, you are free to run special promotions, design seasonal menus and be as creative as you like. Each new iteration of the menu goes live immediately. All you need to do is to ensure that the food is available to be ordered by your customers, who will be able to view the new items as they are updated.

In this crisis-riddled world, where revenue has taken a huge hit, you need to be prudent about your spending. Unfortunately, reorganizing a restaurant to make it safer for everyone does involve forking out some money. As you put new measures in place you need to be mindful of not incurring unnecessary costs. When you create online menus with Applova, you have zero expenditure, providing much needed relief to your finances. Applova’s Free Digital Menu is the safest and most economical option for you to keep your restaurant dining room sanitary and infection free.

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Published November 12, 2020

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