By
avanti printing
November
18, 2009
istock_000000785342xsmall-menu Whether you operate a 5-star restaurant or a corner café, you need a good menu.  A well-designed menu can help your business increase each ticket value.  Why provide your customers with a dull, every-day sheet of printed copy paper when you can add to your sales and show your restaurant’s personality with creative menu printing ideas? Although there is no right or wrong about menu design, your customers may choose not to return if your menu is confusing.  Make sure your customers navigate your menu easily and all your special deals are highlighted. 1. Laminated coating Do you reuse menus frequently?  Consider a menu printing order with a laminated coating to give it long life.  Laminated coatings are easy to clean and protect your menu from spillage.  If your menu doesn’t change often, a laminated coating option is a great idea to prevent having to re-print menus every day. 2. Cardstock Make sure your menu printing orders are on a good cardstock.  Try using colors that match your food service color theme.  Avoid using colors, however, that do not provide enough contrast to read.  Your menu printing should be on a quality cardstock paper that is easy to hold and doesn’t wear out quickly. 3. Table Tent Give your customers merchandising and ordering ideas.  Consider a tri-fold table tent for your next menu printing job.  Table tents are great for highlighting specials, encouraging appetizer orders, desserts, drinks, or even a special event you are planning at your location. 4. Don’t forget the kids Parents love restaurants that think about the happiness and enjoyment of their children.  If you provide a special menu for kids, consider printing it on a separate menu.  You can get creative and do a menu printing with a coloring page included as part of the menu, or include a separate coloring page on the back.  You could even include games and puzzles that keep kids occupied while their food is prepared.  Remember, you want to encourage return customers, and parents love to return to kid-friendly restaurants. 5. Take-home menu If your place of business serves take-out orders, why not make a batch of take-home menus with your next menu printing order?  Take-home menus allow customers to easily browse a menu and call in an order anytime.  Take-home menu printing can be done easily on colored paper, regular size, half-size, folded, and in full color. Menus are important to the success of your business.  Be sure you make it easy for customers to read yours and include these ideas with your next menu printing order.

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