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bobmaucher

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  • Joined: 12/3/2005
  • Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Restaurant Website? Fri, 12/16/05 3:48 PM (permalink)
I knew of a restaurant nearby that had been open for a few years now, but I had never visisted. I searched the web for their website, and found that they had none. I couldn't figure out why they wouldn't have a website! In my opinion, a website would be just as useful (if not more useful) to a restaurant than an ad in the phone book.

I searched the 1,000 or so restaurants around me and found that fewer than one in ten has a website. Pretty low, right?

I'm trying to put together some research to figure out if this is an area that needs attention, if the owners have an inaccurate idea of what websites cost, or how many people they might attract.

This looks like an appropriate spot for answers, since you guys and gals seem to know your business better than anyone else.

Do you have a website?

If yes,

What is the address? What characteristics of the site do you really like, and which do you think need improving? How much did you pay to set it up, and what do you pay to keep it running?


If you don't have a website,

Why don't you have a website? Do you think a website can increase your business, or that it wouldn't affect it? What do you think a reasonable cost is to set up a website, and how much is reasonable to keep it running?

Also, let me know your general opinion of websites... do you think that they are great for bars, but useless for restaurants, vice versa, do you think that your restaurant isn't big enough or expensive enough for a website?

Thanks for your help. I'll let you know the results of my findings. Cheers!
 
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    nvb

    • Total Posts: 468
    • Joined: 12/5/2004
    • Location: dfhbgmhmy, MN
    RE: Restaurant Website? Fri, 12/16/05 5:11 PM (permalink)
    I haven't had one for two years because I was afraid of the costs involved. I've since come around and purchased my own software, domain name and have hosting space. It is almost finished and it looks like it'll all go live some time after the first of the year.

    All I'm looking for in one is an online resource for my menu and directions on how to reach me.
     
    #2
      garryd451

      • Total Posts: 699
      • Joined: 12/28/2004
      • Location: dowagiac, MI
      RE: Restaurant Website? Fri, 12/16/05 6:54 PM (permalink)
      quote:
      Originally posted by bobmaucher

      I knew of a restaurant nearby that had been open for a few years now, but I had never visisted. I searched the web for their website, and found that they had none. I couldn't figure out why they wouldn't have a website! In my opinion, a website would be just as useful (if not more useful) to a restaurant than an ad in the phone book.

      I searched the 1,000 or so restaurants around me and found that fewer than one in ten has a website. Pretty low, right?

      I'm trying to put together some research to figure out if this is an area that needs attention, if the owners have an inaccurate idea of what websites cost, or how many people they might attract.

      This looks like an appropriate spot for answers, since you guys and gals seem to know your business better than anyone else.

      Do you have a website?

      If yes,

      What is the address? What characteristics of the site do you really like, and which do you think need improving? How much did you pay to set it up, and what do you pay to keep it running?


      If you don't have a website,

      Why don't you have a website? Do you think a website can increase your business, or that it wouldn't affect it? What do you think a reasonable cost is to set up a website, and how much is reasonable to keep it running?

      Also, let me know your general opinion of websites... do you think that they are great for bars, but useless for restaurants, vice versa, do you think that your restaurant isn't big enough or expensive enough for a website?

      Thanks for your help. I'll let you know the results of my findings. Cheers!



      I don't own a restaurant, so I can't speak from that point of view, but I do belong to organization that has a website. In fact it is their fourth website, the first two were by professional, but they didn't work out, it took a long time to get thte professional company to add or change anything! The third time, a local College computer class, did this website, but once the orginal members of the class graduated, the project die! About three years ago, one of the members of our group was telling a old buddy of his about this project, his buddie said, let me play with your site that the computer class did. It took him about 4 months, but He got it up, working and updated, ever since then this man has done the website and He has done a great job!!!!!!!

      I am thinking most resturant owners don't have the knowledge, time and experience to run their owm websites. And I think it is very hard to find experience, reliable professional website builders~~
       
      #3
        sanoma

        • Total Posts: 8
        • Joined: 11/5/2005
        • Location: Del Rio, TX
        RE: Restaurant Website? Sat, 12/17/05 11:50 AM (permalink)
        Our website http://www.texasribwagon.com is a simple one page affair. It is a fresh 3 month young site, with the business being less than 12 months young. The business tied to the website is not our primary source of income and was started to fill local desire for bbq, along with fun and fill a local area need. In actuallity it is getting busier than we expected. The only updates we do to the site is picture change.

        Although we could of built it ourselves we opted for a wise techie through a local company, our cost was near $100.00. We registered our own domain name at mydiscountdomains at about $9/yr for 10 years and will renew as needed. Not keeping your domain registered will create future problems, espescially if a site gets a lot of hits -- people will back order it and turn your old site into a porn link.

        We like the site because it is clean, fast loading, cost effective, tells the story, creates awareness of fun, while making one's mouth water. No matter how good the site -- it is only as good as the dining experience of the food or the atmosphere of the club.

        We believe a website should be the norm, not the option.

        We are always seeking constructive suggestions/input to help us improve our site awareness, so please feel free to comment.

         
        #4
          roossy90

          • Total Posts: 6695
          • Joined: 8/15/2005
          • Location: columbus, oh
          RE: Restaurant Website? Sat, 12/24/05 12:33 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by sanoma

          Our website http://www.texasribwagon.com is a simple one page affair. It is a fresh 3 month young site, with the business being less than 12 months young. The business tied to the website is not our primary source of income and was started to fill local desire for bbq, along with fun and fill a local area need. In actuallity it is getting busier than we expected. The only updates we do to the site is picture change.

          Although we could of built it ourselves we opted for a wise techie through a local company, our cost was near $100.00. We registered our own domain name at mydiscountdomains at about $9/yr for 10 years and will renew as needed. Not keeping your domain registered will create future problems, espescially if a site gets a lot of hits -- people will back order it and turn your old site into a porn link.

          We like the site because it is clean, fast loading, cost effective, tells the story, creates awareness of fun, while making one's mouth water. No matter how good the site -- it is only as good as the dining experience of the food or the atmosphere of the club.

          We believe a website should be the norm, not the option.

          We are always seeking constructive suggestions/input to help us improve our site awareness, so please feel free to comment.




          That is a nice and to the point site.
          Good job!
           
          #5
            Sandy Eggo

            • Total Posts: 226
            • Joined: 9/7/2005
            • Location: San Diego area, CA
            RE: Restaurant Website? Tue, 12/27/05 4:39 PM (permalink)
            Here's my .02 I think every business should have a web site. They don't cost much as hosting is often part of an internet service package. So the internet service your using now probably offers a few pages of web hosting included in your monthly fee. You can buy a domain name for $30 and point it to any URL. As fas as web design, HTML is easy to learn, but I'll bet you have a customer that would do it for a food trade. Also high school and colleges have some pretty good talent for a low price.

            BOTTOM LINE: It doesn't have to be fancy. Just give us your location(s) and a map (which can be a mapquest link), your phone numbers, your hours, your menus and prices, maybe some picture of the food and the interior and exterior of the store. Mention any senior or military discounts, specials, happy hours, events, catering, specialties of the house, do you server wine, beer and other cocktails. What plastic do you accept (also do you accept checks). When if any resevrvations are required.

            The more you put on the web site, the less calls you'll get about directions, hours, and other questions.
             
            #6
              lleechef

              • Total Posts: 6232
              • Joined: 3/22/2003
              • Location: Gahanna, OH
              RE: Restaurant Website? Tue, 12/27/05 8:40 PM (permalink)
              Our restaurant has a lovely website. The menu is posted so when you get those annoying phone calls, "What's on your menu?" Check out our website. The most important feature of our site is our in-flight catering menu. Saves all those dizzy flight attendents (and yes, most are dizzy and presumed blonde.....but VERY nice) from asking a million questions! Our website is www.kincaidgrill.com
               
              #7
                sanoma

                • Total Posts: 8
                • Joined: 11/5/2005
                • Location: Del Rio, TX
                RE: Restaurant Website? Wed, 12/28/05 9:03 AM (permalink)
                Roossy90 thanks for your positive comments about our website. It is appreciated.

                Lleechef of Kincaid Grill--gosh we could savor the taste of your menu just from reading it! Next hunting trip up there we're coming by. My mouth is still watering!
                 
                #8
                  roossy90

                  • Total Posts: 6695
                  • Joined: 8/15/2005
                  • Location: columbus, oh
                  RE: Restaurant Website? Wed, 12/28/05 8:42 PM (permalink)
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by sanoma

                  Roossy90 thanks for your positive comments about our website. It is appreciated.

                  Lleechef of Kincaid Grill--gosh we could savor the taste of your menu just from reading it! Next hunting trip up there we're coming by. My mouth is still watering!


                  You are very welcome!
                  Tara
                   
                  #9
                    roossy90

                    • Total Posts: 6695
                    • Joined: 8/15/2005
                    • Location: columbus, oh
                    RE: Restaurant Website? Wed, 12/28/05 8:45 PM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by lleechef

                    Our restaurant has a lovely website. The menu is posted so when you get those annoying phone calls, "What's on your menu?" Check out our website. The most important feature of our site is our in-flight catering menu. Saves all those dizzy flight attendents (and yes, most are dizzy and presumed blonde.....but VERY nice) from asking a million questions! Our website is www.kincaidgrill.com


                    Both MALE and female flight attendents... Lets not leave the dizzy blonde males out of this..I have had the un-pleasure of a few males that were giddy, AND dizzy blondes on Southwest Air....
                    LOL
                    And yes, your web site is beautiful!
                     
                    #10
                      dogmeat

                      RE: Restaurant Website? Wed, 02/1/06 8:00 PM (permalink)
                      Two years ago my temporary salad person/friend informed me that he was a webmaster for several people including his wholesale nursery business. James is very creative and with some simple information and about $50 he cranked up the first version of our website. I was very happy.

                      We are located in a one red light community and half the community doesn't like it. We have been able to refer people traveling to our website for directions/menu items/ and references for catering among numerous other things. Customers call in to go orders while looking at the site menu. The website affords the opportunity of the user to find the information they need instead of having to pry it out of a new trainee answering the phone.

                      You do not have to spend a ton of money upfront or monthly - it is easy to do if you find the right person and well worthwhile!
                      Here is our website(www.thebluewaterbay.com)
                       
                      #11
                        garryd451

                        • Total Posts: 699
                        • Joined: 12/28/2004
                        • Location: dowagiac, MI
                        RE: Restaurant Website? Wed, 02/1/06 9:14 PM (permalink)
                        Both your Website and your Restaurant look AWESOME!!!!!!!!
                         
                        #12
                          dogmeat

                          RE: Restaurant Website? Wed, 02/1/06 10:10 PM (permalink)
                          Thanks alot - I appreciate that. It's a fun place, family of thirty-one very unique people!

                          The guy standing in front of all the of basil did the site, just got off the phone with him and he said he'd have the rest of the site up in the next couple of days. He reformated the layout and is putting it back together. Fairly smart of me to give out a site under reconstruction, add that to the lesson book.
                           
                          #13
                            Fieldthistle

                            • Total Posts: 1948
                            • Joined: 7/30/2005
                            • Location: Hinton, VA
                            RE: Restaurant Website? Thu, 02/2/06 7:00 AM (permalink)
                            Hello All,
                            I love restaurant websites. If I get bored eating at my favorite places, I hit the web looking for something new.
                            I appreciate when pictures of the food are shown, but really am glad to see menus with prices. It also gives me
                            an idea of the atmosphere of a place, so I can guess what is considered appropiate attire. And sometimes I check
                            them out to get ideas of dishes I'd like to try and make at home.
                            It is a good idea to update the website if changes are made. I choose one restaurant to visit because it's site
                            stated they had a smoking section, but when I arrived, they informed me that they didn't. I politely informed them
                            of the info at their website and sought out one of the few remaining restaurants that tolerate smokers.
                            I visited all the websites mentioned on this page and they all are dang good. It has been particularly interesting to
                            see how Slick's has changed and evolved. The pics of his food alone would make me dash to his place.
                            Lastly, if I am inviting others out, the more information I have, the more I can help my guests. It's good to know if
                            a place offers a vegetarian meal for my veggie friends, a wine selection for my wino friends, etc..
                            Take Care,
                            Fieldthistle
                             
                            #14
                              nvb

                              • Total Posts: 468
                              • Joined: 12/5/2004
                              • Location: dfhbgmhmy, MN
                              RE: Restaurant Website? Thu, 02/2/06 8:45 AM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              I choose one restaurant to visit because it's site
                              stated they had a smoking section, but when I arrived, they informed me that they didn't. I politely informed them
                              of the info at their website and sought out one of the few remaining restaurants that tolerate smokers.


                              Another good idea, Fieldthistle. Off to make another change.
                               
                              #15
                                villasbarbeque

                                • Total Posts: 1
                                • Joined: 2/3/2006
                                • Location: Villas, NJ
                                RE: Restaurant Website? Fri, 02/3/06 1:17 PM (permalink)
                                We opted for a site from Homestead.com. It allows me to update and create anything I want. I'm not a computer wiz, so it allows me to do things that I wouldn't normally know how to do. We even had a catering event for 550p. in Delaware that found us by our web site. I know I need to put more pictures of our catering events, but I'm usually so busy catering that I forget to take the picture...........
                                Hopefully this coming season I will remember to take pictures. You can check us out at [url]www.villasbbq.com[/url]
                                 
                                #16
                                  garryd451

                                  • Total Posts: 699
                                  • Joined: 12/28/2004
                                  • Location: dowagiac, MI
                                  RE: Restaurant Website? Fri, 02/3/06 9:06 PM (permalink)
                                  quote:
                                  Originally posted by villasbarbeque

                                  We opted for a site from Homestead.com. It allows me to update and create anything I want. I'm not a computer wiz, so it allows me to do things that I wouldn't normally know how to do. We even had a catering event for 550p. in Delaware that found us by our web site. I know I need to put more pictures of our catering events, but I'm usually so busy catering that I forget to take the picture...........
                                  Hopefully this coming season I will remember to take pictures. You can check us out at [url]www.villasbbq.com[/url]


                                  I like your website and it looks like You have a very fine establishment.

                                  I really like the way You keep your website up to date!!!
                                  When I surf across a website and it say last updated 2-9-2003, it turns me off, I won't go to that establishment or buy anything from them!


                                  KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                                   
                                  #17
                                    UncleVic

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                                    • Joined: 10/14/2003
                                    • Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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                                    RE: Restaurant Website? Sat, 02/4/06 2:29 AM (permalink)
                                    quote:
                                    GARY Sez:

                                    I really like the way You keep your website up to date!!!
                                    When I surf across a website and it say last updated 2-9-2003, it turns me off, I won't go to that establishment or buy anything from them!


                                    One who holds frequent miles in surfing, I cant not agree with you more on that statement! Nothing worse then an outdated, unkept site... You have no clue if they're still in business, and if they are, they dont really care about their apperance.
                                     
                                    #18
                                      bassrocker4u2

                                      • Total Posts: 534
                                      • Joined: 11/12/2003
                                      • Location: new holland, PA
                                      RE: Restaurant Website? Wed, 02/8/06 8:32 AM (permalink)
                                      my wife and i run a mom and pop place. we got a great deal on air time with abc and fox a couple years ago, and business started to boom. a proble that arose was that during lunch, we were getting swamped with calls....where are you what do you serve etc.....
                                      made it real hard to serve the customer standing at the window, while the phone was ringing off the hook! so.... i got this idea, and we set up a website. redirected 95 % of the callers to the site, and it helped free up our time for cooking and smoozing....
                                      our site cost ten dollars per year for the domain name, and thats our only cost!
                                      www.coffeebluffbbq.com

                                       
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                                        UncleVic

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                                        RE: Restaurant Website? Fri, 02/10/06 12:00 AM (permalink)
                                        quote:
                                        Originally posted by bassrocker4u2

                                        my wife and i run a mom and pop place. we got a great deal on air time with abc and fox a couple years ago, and business started to boom. a proble that arose was that during lunch, we were getting swamped with calls....where are you what do you serve etc.....
                                        made it real hard to serve the customer standing at the window, while the phone was ringing off the hook! so.... i got this idea, and we set up a website. redirected 95 % of the callers to the site, and it helped free up our time for cooking and smoozing....
                                        our site cost ten dollars per year for the domain name, and thats our only cost!
                                        www.coffeebluffbbq.com




                                        You should seperate your info also... Like your hours I had to look for, Box each catagory maybe (hours, menu, directions, etc).. But overall, it is a to the point website! As long as it's up to date, thats all one needs!!! Appreciate it...

                                         
                                        #20
                                          GeorgeM

                                          • Total Posts: 1
                                          • Joined: 2/16/2006
                                          • Location: Los Angeles, CA
                                          RE: Restaurant Website? Thu, 02/16/06 12:56 AM (permalink)
                                          We do free websites for restaurants if they display a board for us in the restroom. Check out www.toastbakerycafe.net thats ours - no one should not have a website especially if they are free.
                                           
                                          #21
                                            morningglory

                                            • Total Posts: 559
                                            • Joined: 2/6/2005
                                            • Location: Sacramento, CA
                                            RE: Restaurant Website? Thu, 02/16/06 3:25 AM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by dogmeat

                                            Two years ago my temporary salad person/friend informed me that he was a webmaster for several people including his wholesale nursery business. James is very creative and with some simple information and about $50 he cranked up the first version of our website. I was very happy.

                                            We are located in a one red light community and half the community doesn't like it. We have been able to refer people traveling to our website for directions/menu items/ and references for catering among numerous other things. Customers call in to go orders while looking at the site menu. The website affords the opportunity of the user to find the information they need instead of having to pry it out of a new trainee answering the phone.

                                            You do not have to spend a ton of money upfront or monthly - it is easy to do if you find the right person and well worthwhile!
                                            Here is our website(www.thebluewaterbay.com)


                                            What and excellent site. The food in your buffet looks dreamy. I hope you are doing one hellova decent business. You deserve it. Thanks for sharing your websut,
                                             
                                            #22
                                              bassrocker4u2

                                              • Total Posts: 534
                                              • Joined: 11/12/2003
                                              • Location: new holland, PA
                                              RE: Restaurant Website? Thu, 02/16/06 8:16 AM (permalink)
                                              thanks, uncle vic!
                                               
                                              #23
                                                bassrocker4u2

                                                • Total Posts: 534
                                                • Joined: 11/12/2003
                                                • Location: new holland, PA
                                                RE: Restaurant Website? Thu, 02/16/06 8:18 AM (permalink)
                                                thanks, uncle vic!
                                                 
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