Five Things a Restaurant Website Should Have

[ 2 ] October 27, 2010 |

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As a food blogger, there is nothing more frustrating than needing simple information about a restaurant and not being able to find it quickly online.  For the restaurant IT staff, please take notes:

  1. Location, Phone Number and Hours of Operation.  Sounds simple enough, but many establishments lack this key information.
  2. Updated Menus and Information.  There is nothing more aggravating than seeing a site with “Sample Menus” (*with no prices…) or halibut on the menu online that is not at the restaurant.
  3. Pictures.  A gallery can bring in a lot of business.  Ever heard the phrase “Fake it ‘til you make it”??  At the very least inviting photos will get patrons in the door.
  4. Specials.  If you have a happy hour, this is the town to publicize this tidbit of information.  If you do a pre-theater menu, then this is definitely your town.
  5. A Website Designer (*a professional…).  A restaurant’s site is the face of the company.  Unless the line is down the block for your food without a website, then you should have on your best makeup.

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Johnna Rowe is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Washington, DC and North Carolina. All three places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. Rowe, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. Rowe has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9 and WJLA’s News Channel 8.

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  1. I can’t agree more…. I would add “easy of use” across the platform. E.g. if you do all Flash, those things are not accessible by many smartphones and hard to navigate.

  2. Johnna says:

    So true! Those flash screens always deter me from visiting a site…

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