Despite the global recession, the restaurant industry appears more adaptable and profitable than ever. The main reason for this is its ability to react to increasing customer trends – such as health-conscious dining. While some restaurants can get by with name recognition alone, others have turned to industry-wide trends that include a variety of technological advances, such as social networking, internet advertising, and digital menus.
According to the National Restaurant Association, most restaurant connoisseur trends are designed to serve two distinct types of customers: adventurous diners and health-conscious diners. In order to meet the demands of these diners, the restaurant business has made strides to develop a variety of particular trends. One emerging trend for restaurant owners is the use of digital menus, such as the Infinity Menu, which allows customers to access real-time information on their food choices.
Adventurous diners are defined as customers who enjoy trying new types of foods and ingredients. These are the type of diners who go to restaurants that are considered “upscale” and contain a variety of expensive, unique culinary options. In order to meet the demands of these customers, high-end restaurants are focusing on trends that regularly introduce new types of cuisine to the menu. For example, Nordic cooking is a particularly new trend among fine-dining restaurants that uses many uncommon and bizarre animal meats and other ingredients. By incorporating these dishes into their regular menu, restaurant owners are appealing to the palette of their more adventurous, high-end clients.
Alternatively, health-conscious diners are more concerned about the nutritional value of their foods. These customers tend to follow specialized diets, such as the kosher, gluten-free, vegetarian, and high-protein/low-carbohydrate diets. The most common trend for serving these customers is to offer vegetarian, kosher, and gluten-free alternatives to different food items. With the help of the Infinity Menu, restaurants can also provide details such as the nutritional value and ingredients of their foods.