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Breakfast is Served

Breakfast is Served

Whether you’re a seasoned brunch vet or serving breakfast is new to you, there’s no denying that customers are looking to dine out earlier these days. But with the increased popularity of the earlier daypart comes increased hours, menu options and challenges you might not have seen coming. Read on as we discuss why breakfast and brunch are rising in popularity, what it means to your patrons and ways you can best prepare. 

The Great Meal Shift 

It comes as no surprise that in 2024 diners are looking for value. Today’s diners are wanting delicious and filling food, comfort and entertainment, all for an affordable price. And what does all that better than breakfast? “Breakfast daypart is special compared to other dayparts,” shares Hormel Foods Corporate Chef and Culinary Collective Lead Barry Greenberg, “it’s rushed and busy but when you do take the time to sit together, it’s sacred and a special time.” 

And patrons aren’t just making time for breakfast on the weekends. Throughout 2024, it’s anticipated to see consumers treating themselves to a breakfast out, rather than lunch, as a delicious and entertaining way to break up the week. But of course, Saturday and Sunday still largely reign supreme, in fact, Sunday brunch may be the new Friday night in terms of eating out, thanks to brunch’s enticing social aspects, indulgent cocktail selections and lower-than-average checks. 

What Does This Mean for My Menu? 

While there is room for innovation with the new breakfast flavors and ingredients, consistency is key when expanding your menu. Take a look at your current customer favorites, is there a way to “breakfast-ify” those options? Try adding eggs to a burrito, offering your classic fried chicken on waffles or offering any savory breakfast classic with your signature barbeque sauce. Keeping your menu familiar with subtle, unexpected twists is a great way to delight customers. 

Don’t forget to continue keeping quality and convenience top of mind when planning your brunch menu. Convenient, pre-prepped ingredients and high-quality items designed to withstand longer holding times can help keep any back-of-house congestion at bay with the addition of a popular daypart. 

Remember: Breakfast is a Dish Best Served Warm & Cozy 

As Chef Greenberg said, “Breakfast is a time to slow down and connect with someone across the table.” Consistency, comfort and tradition are paramount to the breakfast daypart. Ensuring guests are warmly welcomed and feel a sense of comfort during their delicious morning ritual can help drive repeat business. 

As the breakfast and brunch trend continues to gain momentum, it's essential to recognize the unique experience these meals offer compared to other dayparts. Breakfast isn't just about satisfying hunger; it's about creating a memorable and comforting experience for your patrons. Whether they're seeking a quick bite before work or a leisurely weekend brunch with friends, customers crave the sense of connection and relaxation that comes with a morning meal shared around the table. 

Incorporating elements of warmth and coziness into your restaurant's atmosphere can elevate the breakfast experience for your guests. Consider soft lighting, cozy seating arrangements, and attentive service that makes each customer feel like a welcomed guest in your establishment. By cultivating an inviting ambiance, you can encourage patrons to linger longer, savoring their meal and engaging in meaningful conversations with their dining companions. 

Furthermore, embracing the tradition of breakfast and brunch allows you to tap into a sense of nostalgia that resonates with many diners. Whether it's the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the sizzle of bacon on the griddle, or the sight of a perfectly flipped pancake, these familiar sights and smells evoke feelings of comfort and familiarity. By embracing these traditional elements while also infusing creativity and innovation into your menu offerings, you can strike the perfect balance between nostalgia and excitement, ensuring that each dining experience is both satisfying and memorable for your guests. 

Ultimately, as you navigate the evolving landscape of breakfast and brunch dining, remember that the heart of these meals lies in the simple pleasures of good food and good company. By prioritizing quality, consistency, and hospitality, you can create a breakfast experience that leaves a lasting impression on your patrons, keeping them coming back for more morning after morning.


Content Courtsey of Hormel