‘Heat and Eat’ After Hours Menus That Patrons Love

Food service after hours or in between service times has always been a challenge for many venues. If your kitchens’ closed or there’s no decent bar or snacks menu to choose from, chances are patrons will leave to find a good feed somewhere else.

A high quality, varied menu has been shown to keep patrons in a venue longer. Which means they’re spending more. 

But it’s expensive to put kitchen staff on extra shifts to run an ala carte bar menu after hours. Not to mention the food wastage if you have a slower than usual night. 

Which is why several pubs and clubs are turning to programmable ovens as the best solution for their bar or gaming room menus after kitchen hours.

A high quality, varIEd menu has been shown
to keep patrons in a venue longer

FIRSTLY, WHAT ARE PROGRAMMABLE OVENS?

High speed programmable ovens, such as Comcater’s Menumaster MRX Xpress IQTM Speed Oven provide an economical ‘heat and eat’ style offering. 

Quality frozen food items, like pizzas or pies, that have pre-programmed cooking times. Making these ovens extremely user-friendly for any staff member on shift to operate. In a click of a touch screen an order is cooked to perfection, ready to plate

WHY IS A ‘HEAT AND EAT’ MENU A GOOD IDEA?

Programmable ovens are an economical way of serving quality hot food without your kitchen having to be staffed. 

A ‘heat and eat’ style menu enables you to give patrons what they want – a high quality bar, snack or gaming room menu with lots of options – without the added labour cost of keeping your kitchen running in between or after regular service hours. 

Essentially, it helps you keep patrons drinking and playing in your venue for longer. Without the added kitchen labour costs.

And while this style of menu isn’t overly profitable in itself, the higher cost of goods is offset by your increased beverage and gaming sales. It’s been shown to be highly complimentary to the main revenue source.

THIS STYLE OF MENU HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE
HIGHLY COMPLIMENTARY TO THE MAIN REVENUE SOURCE

Specifically, a ‘heat and eat’ style menu is a winner because of;

  • Consistency. Programmed cooking times for consistently prepared meals every time, no matter who is cooking it. 

  • No added labour required. Menu can be run by bar or gaming staff that are already on shift. No need for extra kitchen staff. 

  • No food wastage. Pre-prepared, frozen meals with a long shelf life that are cooked to order so there’s no food waste. 

  • Keeps patrons happy. Menu items that really hit the sweet spot for a drinking crowd, such as toasties, pies, hot wraps, spring rolls, chips and pizzas just to name a few. 

  • Choice. There’s a whole range of pre-prepared options available. Select a variety of options your patrons will love most.

 

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL MENU LOOK LIKE?

Whatever you want it to! There’s a whole range of pre-prepared options to choose from. You select what variety of menu items your patrons will love most, based on your menu type. Here are some thought starters…

 

All day gaming menu

You could opt for snackable items that are easier to eat with your hands, like toasted sandwiches, hot wraps or tacos. 

 

 

Bar snack menu

Pizzas are always a winner as a shareable option any time of day or night. As are chips, wedges, spring rolls or dim sums.

 

 

Late night menu

Drinking crowds always love pub-style fare to fuel their next round of drinks, like meat pies or sausage rolls.

 

 

READY TO FIND OUT MORE?

We’ve worked with a few venues already to implement this style of menu.

And we can help you too. Just get in touch with your dedicated Client Success Manager to get started.