aBitNow Add Edit Menus – Getting Started Step-By-Step

aBitNow has many different types of menus but to keep things simple, we will focus on standard menus and sub-menus.  All aBitNow menus are fully customizable and available online.  In this post we will discuss how to create a menu, how to create sub menus and discuss the various options available to you on the menus.  This will help guide you through many different use cases for menus.   You could add special menus for special occasions like Mothers Day, Veterans Day,  or other special event dates.  We will touch on these special menus but not go into detail. Requirement: must already have an admin account and be logged in see: on-boarding process.

Edit Menu Button
  1. Once logged in to https://admin.abitnow.com click the menu icon on the restaurant list.  You can also get to the menu by clicking on the “Menu” tab on the Manage page.

Once you click Menu you will be on the main menu site for your restaurant.  From here you can add Menus and Menu Subcategories.  You can also add products to the currently selected menu, here is a quick sample displaying the many options available within the aBitNow platform, but we will address many of these options in a different post.

If you click the edit button you can edit an existing menu.  Click the Add Category button to create a new menu.  Clicking this will bring up a new blank menu template form.  Fill in the values for any menu you wish to create, then click Save Details.  In the following example image, I created a Breakfast menu.

You will now see the new menu on your system.

Let’s go ahead and do a few more.  Create a menu for Dinner, Deserts, Drinks or any other main menu you need. You can skip the descriptions for now.  You can change these at any time by editing the menu.  In the coming weeks, we will also have options for date and time ranges for each menu.

When you are finished, you will see that the menus are displaying in the order you entered them.  You can easily drag and drop the tabs wherever you like to sort the menus.

3. Now that all the main menus are created, we can create sub-categories under each menu.  If you already have sub-categories on your physical menu, you can use the ones you already have.  If you do not already have them, you will want to establish them.  A sub-category is simply a grouping of how you want the items displayed on the menu.  Under the Breakfast menu, you may want to have a sub-category for Omelets, Eggs, Waffles and Pancakes, Sandwiches or any other way you wish to categorize your menu.  You may also want to have a sub-category for sides.  On the sides, you might have a side of bacon, a side of hash browns or other.  Click on Breakfast then click on the “+” at the end of the second menu row to add a sub-category.

When finished click Save Details (if you are editing you will see Update Details instead).  Finish the other sub-categories if you like or if you prefer, just work on one menu at a time (eg. Breakfast) then once you have that locked down, you can move to the next.  We have found it very beneficial to have several staff working on adding menus and menu items at the same time.  Give each person a menu and have them go enter the data for that menu.  See Adding Restaurant Staff [coming soon] for more details.

Now that you know how to create menus, you need to get some people to help you.  Next Step: Add Items to a menu aBitNow Menu Builder – Edit Product Overview.

Please see the aBitNow Onboarding links for additional Guides.

aBitNow Menu Builder – Edit Product Overview

When editing a menu item you of course have all the basic information such as name, description, price, and even an image. However the platform allows you to build out an entire menu. You can plan a future menu such as Mothers Day specials. You can even have special products of the day that may be used for Daily, Weekly, or Monthly specials. We take it even further so you can have specials like “Kids 1/2 off every Tuesday” or even a “Kids eat free on Tuesday”. This same technology can be used for any special days, hours, month or time and date range of your choice. We have also implemented full Search Engine Optimization (SEO) capabilities throughout the system.

Let’s take a high level look at the edit menu screen:

aBitNow Edit Product  FullPage

Main Product Information is where you will find the basic information: Name, Description, Price and Image. We also added an SEO name which is auto-calculated based on the name but you can change it as desired. “We have this product” checkbox is a way to quickly turn off a product from the menu in case you run out of ingredients. “Show in regular menu” checkbox will default to on. You may want to turn this off if you only want this item to be used to accompany another item such as a side dish. If you want it as a side and on the main menu check both checkboxes. How to Add or Edit an item on the Menu Step-By-Step” [coming soon].

Display Options allow you to link this product to a particular menu. Menu’s have categories under them so you define the primary menu and the sub-category. For example: an Omelet would be on the “Breakfast” menu then in the sub category of “Eggs” or “Omelets” or as in this example “Breakfast Platters”. All menu categories and sub-categories are fully customizable. “Customizable Menus” [coming soon] blog post.

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Quick 20 min Lunch Break – No Crappy Fast Food Please!

Let’s apply this to the future of restaurant dining.   In the future, on an app in your pocket (or on the web), you will be able to:

  1. Order your food exactly the way you want.  (eg. Bacon Cheese Burger cooked medium well with… Extra bacon, triple pickle, hold the onion, add BBQ sauce, add a side plate, add a side of onion rings)
  2. Tell the restaurant when you will be there. (eg. it will take 5 mins to get to your car, it is a 5 min drive according to the GPS so you will be there in approximately 10 mins)
  3. If you are held up, the system automatically informs the restaurant you are running late to make sure your food does not get stale waiting on you to arrive
  4. On the way, you change your order to also add extra tomatoes and apple pie for desert.
  5. You send an invite to a friend (or many) to join you at this restaurant at your scheduled arrival time (or whenever they can make it)
  6. Your friends accept the invite and place their order too.  They will arrive at the same time or a few minutes later so their food is ready about the time your friends show up.
  7. You get an alert.  Jamie as accepted your invite and will be joining you for lunch.
  8. You get another alert, “Hi this is Jason,  I am the cook for your burger today.  I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know your burger is on the broiler, see you soon”
  9. 3 minutes later you get another alert “Hi my name is Jackson, I am helping to prepare you meal today.  Your fries are in and will be hot and ready for you when you arrive, see you in 3 minutes.”
  10. 2 minutes later you get another alert “Hi, Amy here, I have your table cleared and I have placed your drinks on the table for you.  See you in a minute”
  11. You then notice that Amy has a 5 star rating!  Wow, you got a great server.
  12. As you walk into the restaurant, Amy greets you by name and says right this way,  she walks you to your table and points out where each drink has been placed.
  13. Your friend Jamie arrives right after you, Amy greets Jamie by name and is shown your table.
  14. You sit down and about a minute or two later, Amy shows up with your food steaming hot and ready to consume.
  15. 5 mins later, you need a drink refill so you let your server know on your app
  16. Amy Brings you your desert to top off a great lunch-time meal.
  17. a bit Later, you open your app, select the appropriate tip and rate whatever you like (food, cleanliness, service, app, or anything else [including your cooks])
  18. you are done eating and ready to leave so you hit the door only 13 minutes after you walked in.

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