Your restaurant's ultimate guide to celebrating Father's Day

Here are restaurant marketing ideas to boost more sales during Father's Day festivities

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Jun 12, 2023 - 3 min read

Your restaurant's ultimate guide to celebrating Father's Day

Restaurants and eating establishments have a dedicated holiday calendar for logistical and commercial purposes that enables them to create strategies in order to increase sales. 

Now, in the list of holidays, what are the first five names that come to one’s mind? Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year, Easter, and Mother’s Day would be the ones that make most of the lists. However, there is one holiday that equally deserves more attention and time–Father’s Day. 

Falling on the third Sunday of June in most countries around the world (USA, UK, Singapore, Philippines, China, South Africa, etc.) Father's Day evokes a strong sentiment among families and is celebrated more zealously than people would expect. Just like Mother’s Day, there is a lot of excitement among children and adults alike for Father’s Day, which sees people go out for dinners, feast at home and do a lot more to celebrate their dads, uncles, grandfathers, and fathers-in-law.

Restaurants, cafes, and dining establishments that capitalize on Father’s Day and combine it with great marketing strategies keeping the summer in mind can do really well while maximizing profits. It’s a must-include as far as the marketing calendar for festivals is concerned. 

There are many promotional strategies that restaurants can follow to attract consumers on Father’s Day. Here are some of them:

1. Host an outdoor feast

Father’s Day falls during summertime and no other weather is better to host an outdoor feast with bright sunshine and a breeze blowing. If your restaurant has an open-air space, Hosting an evening on Father’s Day with outdoor seating and special décor will attract a large number of customers to a restaurant or café. Not only this, an outdoor feast acts as a great PR move for the restaurant as it shows scale on logistical and culinary levels.

2. Hold a Father's Day special brunch

Combining a joyous occasion with perhaps the most special meal on a weekend–brunch–is likely to be a hit. A Father’s Day brunch is an excellent idea for restaurants that already have an existing menu for weekends. Adding a few dishes plus a minor change in décor plus social media activity can make for a wonderful promotional technique that attracts a large number of customers.

Restaurants should look at the data to get an insight into what meals were consumed more in previous celebrations like Mother's Day and apply their knowledge to create the best Father's Day celebration. Business analytics tools like TableCheck Insight, which is part of the core package of the TableCheck platform allow hospitality operators to see trends and patterns in their industry.

3. Draw a sports connection

June is a month full of sporting action and a large portion of the father community revels in its love for the sport. Hosting a sporting event screening on Father’s Day with special discounts on drinks and food is a sure-shot bet for success in terms of revenue and marketing. If a restaurant happens to be in a town that is home to a particular team (football, baseball, or basketball), having a screening of that team itself makes things more attractive. 

Dads in a pub watching sports

4. Focus on takeout speed

A lot of families prefer staying home on a Sunday and ordering a takeout menu, which makes the speed of delivery paramount for restaurants. If any restaurant publicly promotes its quality and speed of delivery around Father’s Day, the result could be large volumes in terms of sales and even good quality publicity.

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5. Drinks and Dads together forever

Father’s Day gives a great opportunity for restaurants and bars to bring together families in a way never seen before. A great way to attract families with fathers is having a well-curated drinks menu, which is not only elaborate but also well-priced. Discounts on beer buckets and cocktails in large quantities can attract a lot of customers to the restaurant.

6. Add gifts to meals

Souvenirs play a great role in ensuring customer retention, especially in restaurants. There are a lot of ways in which Father’s Day merchandise can be distributed along with meals by restaurants. Be it a mug, keychain, pen, or a simple fridge magnet, a small gift can go a long way in promoting a restaurant and making it popular on a special occasion like Father’s Day. In addition to making fathers feel special, gifts bring about the excitement in children who come to dine at restaurants as well.

7. Offer special discounts for grandpas

Grandfathers are special and they deserve special treatment on Father’s Day. They have successfully seen two generations enter this world and making a story out of that while trying to marry Father’s Day with meals can be a great idea. Grandfathers are likely to be accompanied by their children and grandchildren, thereby directly increasing the restaurant’s revenue on Father’s Day. Offering special discounts to grandfathers makes a lot of sense and is a great promotional technique.

Grandfathers and grandmothers celebrating together

7. Offer special discounts for grandpas

Grandfathers are special and they deserve special treatment on Father’s Day. They have successfully seen two generations enter this world and making a story out of that while trying to marry Father’s Day with meals can be a great idea. Grandfathers are likely to be accompanied by their children and grandchildren, thereby directly increasing the restaurant’s revenue on Father’s Day. Offering special discounts to grandfathers makes a lot of sense and is a great promotional technique.

8. Host a Father’s Day quiz

Everybody loves a good old pub quiz. One of the best ways to bring a community together in a restaurant is by having an interactive session in any form and nothing is better than a quiz. The age-old tradition of people participating in a pub quiz can be used really well on Father’s Day where restaurants can get their customers compete against each other in a quiz while also ensuring there is incentive at the end of it. The prize could be a trophy, a bucket of beer or a free meal.

Father’s Day, sometimes, gets neglected on the marketing calendar of restaurants but many don’t realise what an incredible opportunity it presents to a dining establishment. Maybe it’s not as emotional as Mother’s Day but the festivity around it is quite undeniable. Right from social media to local communities, Father’s Day creates a significant amount of buzz among people. Therefore, it is imperative for restaurants to add this holiday to their marketing calendar and consequently, make good revenue.

With TableCheck, restaurants can manage online reservations and optimize their operations to provide award-winning service during Father's Day.

This article was first published in June 2022

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