The menu is a must for any kind of restaurant and without it, running a restaurant will be quite difficult. As a restaurateur, you need to provide information about the food you serve in your restaurant and its price to the customer. Either you or your team may not be able to remember all the items and repeat the list orally, whenever a customer asks. This is the reason a menu is a must in all restaurants.
When you keep a menu, it is prone to damages in many ways. Rough handling may result in damages. Again, use of liquids in restaurants and so the chances of menu getting damaged due to liquids is more. It may not be viable to print a menu every now and then and it is not good to keep damaged menu for the customers as it will certainly hit the reputation of your restaurant.
Here, you need to protect the menu and the major use of Menu covers is to protect the menu and keep it for a longer period. In the present day, different types of menu covers are available including clear plastic menu covers, vinyl menu covers, heat sealed menu covers, leather menu covers etc. Even wooden menu covers and menu covers made with cloth are also available.
When you select a menu cover you should keep three points in your mind, the type of customers coming to your restaurant and the reputation of your restaurant. If yours is a classy restaurant, the crowd may be lesser and most of the customers will be regulars. In such cases, you can use costly menu covers such as leather menu cover or vinyl menu cover. When you are running a casual restaurant or a wayside eatery, you will have a huge crowd, especially during the peak hours. Most of the customers will be from the middle class or working class. Finally, most of the customers will be floating customers and the regular ones will be comparatively fewer.
In such a situation, rough handling of the menu can happen frequently and so also the damage to the menu due to water and other liquids. However, you may not afford large amounts for menu covers as the profit margin will be less due to selling food for a reasonably low price. Here the best option will be clear plastic menu covers. These covers are made with water-resistant clear plastic and hence it will protect the menu from the damages caused by water and other liquids.
These clear plastic menu covers are robust enough to withstand rough handling and can be cleaned frequently to look fresh. Secondly, they are cheaper when compared to leather or the other categories of menu covers. You can further reduce the printing cost, as the front page of the menu will be clearly visible on the cover, you do not have to print either your logo or name on the menu cover. Thus clear plastic menu covers are more suitable for casual restaurants and wayside eateries.