“By outfitting our team with two-way radios and putting a large number of support staff in headsets (Bussers, hosts, bartenders, food runners, floor and kitchen managers, tableside guacamole and -321 margarita specialists) it allowed us to immediately communicate to team members their next task and become more efficient. It also is allowing us to turn tables faster by keeping the dining experience on pace,”
Keith Strew of Uncle Julio’s
Texas based Uncle Julio’s is a full service upscale Mexican restaurant with more than 30 stores across the United States. Locations can be found in Texas, Illinois, D.C., Maryland, Florida, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.
When guests dine at Uncle Julio’s they’ll find a polished, yet casual experience that is enriched with engaging opportunities for their guests. This includes items like guacamole and -321 Liquid Nitrogen Margarita made tableside, as well as the Chocolate Pinata dessert.
A night at Uncle Julio’s is not just for the special event guests. Their guests look for high quality, made from scratch food and an atmosphere that matches. When guests are greeted with an energetic sta they know they are in for a fun experience. Uncle Julio’s trains front of the house hosts, bussers, servers or bartenders to realize guests arrive with an expectation of excellence. They even have a specialized server trained and dedicated To-Go Specialist for those guests to busy to dine in the restaurant.
The Challenge: Uncle Julio’s did not have a personnel problem, it had a communication problem. As a result, sta were not work- ing cohesively as a group. This caused strife amongst the staff , leaving some less productive and others overwhelmed. To improve restaurant attentiveness, Uncle Julio’s realized it needed to address employee coordination and communication.
The Solution: Motorola Two-Way Radios worked best for Uncle Julio’s. As they continue to measure the data, they are seeing faster table turn times, more efficiency at the host stand, guests seated faster, bus times improve, and tableside service sales increase. This includes the sales of guacamole and -321 Liquid Nitrogen Margaritas. Analytics played a key role when measuring their return on investment.
Increased Speed of Service: With Motorola Two-Way Radios communication between staff members increased which also boosted team morale.
Improved Service and Hospitality: Guests expect a level of attention when dining at Uncle Julio’s. When team communication is improved it gave team members more time to focus on the guest. This will be measured by increased overall sales and guest satisfaction scores.
Streamline Operations: Guests were seated faster and more efficiently. Additional table side sales increased due to efficient communication and team functionality.
The Conclusion: Uncle Julio’s is committed to providing made from scratch Mexican food and an exceptional dining experience. Integrating Motorola Two-Way Radios into their operations gave them the tools needed to better focus on the guest and improve attentiveness. Motorola Two-Way Radios helped improve team coordination and generated measurable improvements in speed of service, hospitality, accuracy and quality.