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Back-to-School Happy Hour

Kickoff the 2018 school year with a family-friendly happy hour menu

By National Restaurant Consultants - August 9, 2018

It's that time of year! In the Midwest, kids are heading back to class; near our Colorado offices, students have only a week or so before the first day; and maybe the east coast kids get until Labor Day; but the empty school supply aisles at Targets everywhere are telling: it's time for back-to-school.

While the summer season can bring restaurants big waves of new customers, with the return to the school year comes a sense of normalcy that is sometimes comforting to guests. You may see a more steady attendance at dinner time or filling up your weekend reservations. Diners will be more structured in their routines--and they'll also be busy with clubs, programs, and classes, which means grabbing a bite while they're out and about.

Have a little fun with this time of year, and offer a celebratory menu! May our restaurant consultants suggest an apple-inspired theme in honor of teachers everywhere, and something that will please both parents and kids alike. 

1. Pour a tall apple juice for the kids dreading the start of classes, and maybe something a little stiffer for the parents who are so ready to send them back. Here are a few apple-based cocktails to try, via Serious Eats.

2. Surprise your guests with a savory apple snack. Smitten Kitchen makes apple and cheddar scones that are crowd pleasers for sure!

3. Don't make dessert fancy, just go for that all-American tradition that makes everyone feel good: Martha Stewart's apple pie!

We found some bonus apple recipes on the A Night Owl blog, and don't forget our restaurant consultants' ideas for kid-friendly tables to keep the good times rolling. 

Whether you need great ideas for a special event or time of year, or maybe your restaurant business needs some everyday help, our restaurant consultants are experts in every facet of the industry. Contact us today!

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