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Is Eating Out Cheaper Than Dining In?

26 Jan
family dining out

Dining out may cost you less than groceries!

Going out to eat to me has always been a special treat, no cooking, no cleaning, but of course at a price. However, with the rising costs of food and groceries, restaurants have made themselves competitive by keeping their costs relatively the same if not lower!

According to a consumer report released late last year by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, consumers have been spending more (almost 4.5%) on dining out. I don’t mean the 5 stars, but family restaurants are promoting more deals and with the added convenience of no prep time and left-overs for lunch the next day, sometimes it works out for the better.  Shopping and cooking takes time so it’s definitely more convenient for a family to eat out. The time saved on meal prep is then able to be spent on a second income or a part-time job which is the case with a lot of families these days.

Part of what makes this recession so challenging is that as salaries have been coming down the cost of living has been going up. Supermarket food prices have increased approximately 6% a year, about 2.5 times as fast as the cost of restaurant meals, according to the same report. Effectively making dining out more cost-effective. Restaurants have been struggling in this difficult economy as well so they are passing down the savings from their ability to buy at whole sale to diners like you and me!

Keep in mind though that restaurants have been providing themselves additional savings by cutting back on staff and decreasing hourly wages. Restaurant staff tend to be hard workers with a mindset that their money comes from tips, so restaurants have been able to get away with lowering hourly pay without too much fuss. Most restaurants also do not offer benefits so don’t forget to tip your servers people!


Restaurant Row Offers Restaurant Reservations Over The Phone

30 Jun

Hey restaurants, did you know that you can make reservations FREE for consumers through Restaurant Row?! Sign up for our Restaurant Reservations Program without having to invest in costly software, staff training, or systems integration. We make reservations the old fashioned way, over the phone. And at a minimal cost to you. The best part is you only pay for the reservations that are seated, there will be no charge for tables that don’t show up.

Restaurant reservations the old fashioned way.

Even with cool websites (like Restaurant Row) offering so much restaurant information online, the best way to reach a business is still over the phone. And even if you already have reservation software in place, you’re not going to disconnect your phone! Restaurant Row’s reservation system allows consumers to fill out a request on our site and then Restaurant Row will call you, the restaurant, to make the reservation. So you can even use Restaurant Row’s reservation service in conjuntion your existing reservation software.

Restaurant Row is an internationally renowned website that has been making restaurant reservations for over a decade. Take advantage of an online restaurant reservation service that has no overhead costs to the restaurant, you only pay for what you get. Contact us today to see how you can sign up for our risk free reservations program!