Restaurant Publicity


Getting publicity for restaurants has to focus on getting reviews in local newspapers and on TV.  Plan a public relations campaign several months in advance of your opening.  Prepare marketing materials to reflect the style of the restaurant and the cuisine, such as American, Italian, Asian, organic and healthy, or any other type of food.

Always describe the dishes and menus to appeal to the palate.  Whenever I have written restaurant reviews, I get hungry.  That’s what you want to induce in readers.  You want them to be craving your food.

Your PR plan should include these essential elements:

  • Menu
  • Picture of the restaurant and a map insert
  • Press release to announce the grand opening
  • Copies of reviews
  • Coupon

If your restaurant is already open and you want to attract new customers, then pay attention to the holidays.  Combine a promotion with an upcoming holiday, such as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.  Don’t forget Valentine’s Day and Halloween.   Highlight special menus for those occasions.

Write a press release about the holiday and tie it to your restaurant offerings.  Develop contacts with newspaper reporters in the area that cover food, dining out, and lifestyle.

For more information, contact The Publicity Whiz, 305-206-4488.

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About Arlene

I am a journalist and marketing writer with a general business background. For more than 25 years, I have worked with professionals in health care, technology, law, financial services, and other disciplines to develop and write articles, web content, and marketing communications that represent their accomplishments and expertise. Since 2004, I have been a writer and contributing editor for The Prepaid Press, a monthly print and online trade publication that covers prepaid calling, payment processing, gift cards and loyalty, and mobile finance. Prepaid is one of the fastest growing industries and I am grateful to be a participating member of the team. Currently based in South Florida, I can also be found in New York City, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon, three locales where you can enjoy great food, meet fascinating people, and experience awesome scenery and urban sights.
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