We all have our favorite places to eat, drink, and spend some quality time with our family and friends. You are familiar with the place, the menu, the employees…well, everything.
But when you try a new restaurant for the first time, you’re on your own. But not quite, because we’ve got your back. To make sure you know right from the start if the place you intend on having dinner is worth your time, we’ve rounded up a list of warning signs that the eating establishment will not offer a pleasant dining experience.
The parking lot is dirty
If you pull up to a restaurant, only to get out of the car and find filled-to-the-brim dumpsters, step on cigarette butts and trash, you might want to choose a different establishment to have your lunch, suggests Ken Rice, a consultant with 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry. “If the parking lot is a little dirty, then you get in the restaurant and that’s a mirror to the parking lot, then it’s all downhill,” warns Perry Groups’ restaurant and hospitality consultant, Dennis P. Gemberling.
Another indication that the restaurant is not that much into cleaning is the dirty windows and doors. It could also be a warning sign that the inside is also unkempt and might not offer a pleasant dining experience.