Happy November -- What's Your Restaurant Doing for Thanksgiving?

publication date: Nov 1, 2019
author/source: Jaime Oikle


Personally, we've only celebrated Thanksgiving out at restaurant a couple of times over the years, but last year we catered quite a bit of food in and this year we will be looking for a restaurant to dine out at with the family. The data show that between eating out and ordering in about 10% of Americans are in the same boat as us.

Should be easy to find a place to go, right?

You would think...

Early research has not turned up much.

Some media outlets do a recap of places hosting Thanksgiving meals.

(By the way, try to get listed there!)

But restaurants themselves aren't doing a good job promoting.

Does nobody want our table of ten?

Seems like good money up for grabs...

Good news--it's early November and there's still time to promote and maximize your Thanksgiving service.

Do these things ASAP (and whatever else you can think of...)

  • Get an e-mail out this week announcing your open for a special meal on Thanksgiving or what you have available for carry-out
  • Print up table tent promos
  • Print one-page handouts/flyers for all in-house customers and ensure your staff is sharing & promoting
  • Get Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts going
  • Update your website's home page and/or Special Events section
  • Rinse & repeat until you're sold out!

Ivy House Holiday Promo

(Example: The Ivy House Restaurant)

People are looking to spend money and have a good time with their family.

And hint, they are not as price sensitive for a holiday celebration, so it's a good opportunity to drive profits.

The key is that they need to know that you are an option!

So, promote, communicate and help customers experience a great Thanksgiving!


Jaime OikleJaime Oikle is the Founder RunningRestaurants.com, a comprehensive web site for restaurant owners & managers filled with marketing, operations & service tips to help restaurants profit and succeed.