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Supporting Local Restaurants

The Periodic Table, Howard County Local Bar and Restaurant

This has clearly been a difficult year for many small businesses. Your support is greatly needed, and also very much appreciated. People often ask how they can help local restaurants and we thought we'd make a few suggestions that can help keep our local restaurants moving forward even in the face of the pandemic.

1) Buy gift cards as gifts for friends and family.

Who doesn't love a night out? Gift cards not only give people the opportunity to try new food and drinks, they are also a fantastic way to help support local restaurants. Most are good for carryout and delivery as well as dining in.

The Periodic Table Gift Cards

2) Write positive reviews and include pictures.

Nothing beats word of mouth advertising. If you've gone to a local restaurant and had a good experience, take pictures and write a quick review on Yelp, Facebook, and Google. Other patrons see your experience and are likely to use that as a reason to visit. Love the food? Rate it 5 stars. Like the atmosphere, specials, or cocktails? Make sure to tell other potential customers. It makes a world of difference.

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3) Talk to a manager to help fix any issues.

Even with the best preparation, training, and attention to detail, a restaurant staff has to be flexible and caring to meet the needs of guests. Repeat customers are so important to a restaurant, so if you find yourself unsatisfied with some aspect of your meal or experience, have a quick chat with your server or even ask to speak to a manager. They can often quickly see to your needs and make sure that you have the best experience possible. 

4) Engage with your favorite bars and restaurants on social media.

Restaurants gain exposure on social media due to customer engagements. Simple things such as liking, sharing, and responding to posts increase their visibility and, hopefully, traffic coming through the door.

Thank you all for taking a moment to read, and we hope this helps give a better understanding as to how we can all support our favorite local restaurants. We hope to see you soon at The Table!