Eating out in restaurants is more than a gastronomic experience. You look forward to enjoying the over-all ambiance rather than just the taste of the food. A few other things which usually come to the core while thinking about a great restaurant experience would be the styling of the dining area, the lighting, props such as the paintings accompanied by some great music being played either electronically reproduced or delivered through a live performance. It is all in your face which builds upon you to make a great opinion. But once you happen to be out of the eating area your perception may change based on how you find the restrooms. The restaurant may boast of great hygiene and spotless kitchen and dining area but shabbily maintained restrooms can add ill airs to the restaurant’s reputation. It may dent some of your reputations as well especially if you are playing host for a great dining experience for your parents. Mind you the opinion one forms is usually the collective one of the groups rather than yours. Your parents may act as influencers in forming this opinion. Hence it is all that more important that there are some hygiene essentials which all restaurants should comply with…
Continuous Replenishment of Restroom Consumables
There is nothing more uncomfortable and distasteful than finding the restroom run out of the tissue paper and you having to chase the staff to get the essentials in place. The restaurant management should ensure that there are enough hand towels available besides the handwash.
The restroom should have good quality fixtures such as faucets, taps, soap dispensers and hand dryers installed. Preference should be given to the touch-less fixtures such as dispensers, auto-flushing commodes, and sensor-controlled faucets. Lesser physical contact with the installed fixtures reduces the chances of propagating the bacteria from one person to another through the surfaces touched.
Better Waste Disposal
There should be good waste storage and disposable management procedures in place. The waste disposal us usually entrusted to the third-party vendors but it should be ensured that they take out the waste at regular intervals keeping up the hygiene of the place. But it is the responsibility of the restaurant that follows the recommended provisions of maintaining separate bins for the collection of the solid, liquid, organic and recyclable waste.
Keep it Clean
The sanitary conditions of the restaurant should be reviewed during the various times of a day to ensure that there are enough cleaning cycles being followed. The establishment may need to hire dedicated janitors to ensure the cleanliness of the restaurant. The kitchen should be given equal prominence to keep the sinks and cooking areas clean. A precisely written record of the cleaning activity should be kept such that it could be reviewed by the management and also produced when asked by the sanitation inspectors.
Sanitation Facilities for Employees
The restaurant’s management should ensure that there are enough sanitation facilities provided to the restaurant staff. There should be separate restrooms made available to the employees from that of the customers. In addition to the regular fixtures, showers should be installed for the employees which they can use before starting their shifts in the kitchen. The restaurant can offer stock of disposables such as shampoos, shower gel, towels, and sanitizers. A holistic hygiene routine can make a restaurant stand out of the competition.