LRS Releases Study Results on Average Restaurant Wait Times

Study: Average Restaurant Patron Waits 23 Minutes During Busy Times

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How long does each party wait?

With new technology, restaurants can take advantage guest idle time and their existing Wi-Fi network by deploying mobile-based guest engagement offered through tablet-friendly wait applications, such as iQueue.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 26, 2013

Restaurants have wait lists an average of 6.6 hours per week, with parties waiting nearly half an hour on average for a table, according to data from a new study.

The survey of 267 restaurant owners and managers was released today by Long Range Systems, LLC (LRS), a leading supplier of technology that enhances the guest experience. The results indicate that nearly 93 percent of restaurants have at least some wait-time periods, and a third of restaurants report that waits are getting longer.

And yet, most restaurants have not yet found ways to effectively engage customers during the valuable time spent waiting in their establishments.

“Restaurants have dealt with this issue for years now, but little has been done to leverage the wait time,” said Skip Cass, CEO of Long Range Systems. “With new technology, restaurants can take advantage guest idle time and their existing Wi-Fi network by deploying mobile-based guest engagement offered through tablet-friendly wait applications, such as iQueue.”

About 80 percent of restaurants have Wi-Fi, but tablet usage remains in the early stage of adoption for the majority of those restaurants. Less than 10 percent of respondents said they use tablets in any way to run their establishments.

Tablets can be used for all kinds of guest engagement and for staff, tablet-based applications make managing wait times easier. Guests can order drinks and appetizers – or even peruse the menu and order their meal – via tablets. And mobile apps can provide a depth of information on ingredients and nutritional information that old-fashioned menus can’t touch. The possible uses extend to allowing guests to pay for their meals and leave feedback.

Restaurants certainly have plenty of time to engage their customers. According to the study, the average wait per party is 23 minutes, but nearly a third of all parties are waiting more than 30 minutes. Eight percent wait longer than 40 minutes.

Following is a summary of the results. For more details, high resolution graphs or to interview an LRS executive about the research, contact Jamie Rudolph at 972.850.5858 or email jrudolph(at)ideagrove(dot)com.

About Long Range Systems

Long Range Systems, LLC is the leading global provider of on-site paging, guest management and surveying tools. LRS solutions are used in a variety of settings, including: restaurants, hotels, hospitals, day cares, amusement parks, churches, retirement and nursing homes, doctor/dentists offices and more. LRS owns 20 patents and markets over 30 products designed to streamline operations, improve customer satisfaction levels and increase sales. For more information, visit http://www.pager.net.