Catering for a Transport Cafe
When deciding to purchase a transport cafe one should never think of the image of dusty car parks and greasy spoons establishments. In the days when people are becoming tired of motorway service stations the transport, or roadside cafe, is a haven away from self service burger bars and piped music that are becoming so prevalent on our motorways.
Overnight ParkingThe joy of transport cafes is that they have the facilities for overnight parking. This will not only attract lorry and van drivers but also the family visitors with their caravans and mobile homes.
Not all holiday travellers want to cook their own food and if your transport cafe was to open early and close late you would see many grateful visitors.
FoodAlthough one would argue that the all day breakfast is very popular there is also a need for good quality reasonable priced food that has been freshly cooked and where the vegetables do not come out of tins. When planning the catering for such an establishment try to have a unique selling point (USP) of catering that would be seen in a better class of cafe. Source your catering supplies locally and advertise this to the passing trade.
Instead of plastic seats and disposable tablecloths invest in wooden seating and cheerful table clothes and curtaining. Make the cafe a home from home and customers will flock not only from passing travellers but locals as well. If your catering services include the all day breakfast make it a healthy one with organic sausages and free range eggs.