The wrong place to dine
These tell-tale signs indicate you’ve opened the door to an eating establishment that likely isn’t up to scratch – and it’s time to look elsewhere for your next meal.
The car park isn’t clean
If you get out of your car and come face-to-face with open dumpsters, rubbish and cigarette butts on the grounds, you may want to keep driving, says Ken Rice, a consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Rice says dirty windows and doors are also a sign the restaurant isn’t focused on cleanliness, and that may carry over into the areas where your food is prepared.
The restaurant has too many ‘themes’
Themes, styles and designs are a great way for restaurants to promote their personality to guests, but too many may be a red flag. “All restaurants have a look and feel. That’s what attracts customers,” says publicist, Fabiana Meléndez. “If you end up somewhere that has too many themes, such as a cool dive bar inside but a nautical-themed beach bar out back, this can sometimes be an indication service and management are not in sync behind the scenes.”