kids or no kids, that is the question
The check average is a significant driver in all restaurants for budgetary planning purposes. We started to see more children in the restaurant which was a departure from the past. We have tried to be more child friendly and lower the price point there as well.
When you do 40 children a night on a busy night, that can impact you average check quite significantly. The average check for a child is $7.50; our average check for an adult is about $31.00.
Great post from the Chronicle's Michael Bauer (with data quoted above from the managing partner of the Tavern at Lark Creek) about the restaurant dilemma: to be kid-friendly or to be not-so-kid-friendly?