As of the publishing date of this blog, #closingshiftcleaning has received 73.5M views on TikTok.
The term “closing shift cleaning” is typically used in the food and retail industries and refers to the final leg of an end-of-day shift when the customers are gone, and workers can put things back in order. But many TikTokers are realizing the value in #closingshiftcleaning and bringing this concept into their homes.
The concept is simple: If things are clean when the morning crew starts, the opening shift will go a whole lot smoother. Instead of exhaustive deep-cleans, these nightly tidying sessions tend to focus on small, quick tasks that will make a big difference in the morning.
A checklist can help reduce forgotten tasked and increase employee accountable. When organized properly, checklists can also help reduce the time spent closing the restaurant down at the end of the day. This is extremely true in the restaurant industry because following a closing checklist sets the morning crew up for success.
At many restaurants, the general manager is responsible for the ensuring that closing procedures have been followed, but with so many moving parts it can be an overwhelming assignment. To make the list more manageable, some restaurants divvy up closing responsibilities between the front and back of house managers or shift supervisors. Be sure that everyone is held accountable for their assigned tasks by assigning them in the manager logbook.
What is the Average Profit Margin for a Restaurant?
Since every restaurant is different, every restaurant closing checklist will vary based on need. Below is a breakdown of basic closing tasks to get a checklist started. Be sure to tailor the list to fit your business needs, prioritize tasks based on importance, and organize the order of the steps in a way that streamlines your processes.
The proper closing of a restaurant determines whether the next day’s staff walks in well prepared for success or behind the eight ball and cleaning up yesterday’s messes. Adhering to a well-organized restaurant closing checklist will keep your kitchen running smoothly and efficiently.
Share this blog: