No doubt, glassware is one of the first things customers see on the table, and the virtual cup that holds restaurants most gainful offerings. And when it comes to glassware, the importance of restaurateurs choosing the right pieces for their operations can't be overvalued.
The main aspect that should be considered is how a glass makes a specialty cocktail or wine pour look to the customers. But the glass has to look full.
Nevertheless, the restaurant's existing mixed-drink recipes and wine-pour specifications should fit nicely into the glasses. Many operators pick glassware for its presentation value, so manufacturers concentrate on the look and feel of their products, as well as taking benefit per serving into consideration.
Wine glasses are another category where construction influences on customer perception. It is considered that glasses with rounded, "beaded" rims are most popular for their durability. But wine experts and the upscale operations that cater to them prefer a beadless rim that is as thin as possible. It is believed that the thinner the rim, the less it interferes with the intricacies of swirling and sipping wines.
Nevertheless, even the most fragile glass has to be able to stand up to a stint at the dishwashing station.
If you want to diminish costly breakage, operators usually buy a mix of glasses: beaded for standard service and house wines, and sheer rim for more exclusive products.
And the deafening crash of a glass smashing against the floor results is not just a temporary silence in the dining room, but also restaurant benefits being swept into the garbage.
There are two reasons most glassware break. The first one is thermal shock from extreme temperature variations, such as when a chilled glass is pulled from a freezer and filled with steaming hot liquid. The other is mechanical shock, otherwise known as old-fashioned dropping, banging, smashing and whatever else the wait staff and diners manage to do to glasses.
The rim is the most susceptible area of the glass. For instance, a thermal process performed on the rim and top part of pressed-glass tumblers and stemware can improve their resistance to breakage. But a secondary heating and fast cooling process, performed on the top part of the glass only, keeps products gainful while reducing breakage.
Moreover, restaurant glassware is not just reserved for eating out anymore. These versatile, strong, and affordable pieces can be a welcome addition to any home – and go a long way towards transforming your table.