At the Building Better Restaurants blog, Jeffrey Summers gives 10 reasons why restaurants must take a sledgehammer to their host stands. (It’s a good list.) I love reason #10 … “Because you don’t have one at your house when you host people there!” >> READ MORE
While I love the contrarian thinking behind this idea, is it realistic for a restaurant not to have a hosting stand? Will restaurant guests know where to go and what to do if they don’t see a hosting stand?
As restaurant guests, we’ve been conditioned to walk up to the hosting stand in order to get seated. Hosting stations are common, expected, and essentially sacred cows in the restaurant world. Which, of course, makes them ripe for reinvention.
So … what ideas do you have for reinventing the restaurant hosting stand? How can a restaurant create an environment where the Host can host without the barrier of a clunky hosting station? Maybe you’ve seen a restaurant solve for this. If so, please share what you’ve seen.