Competitors Food & Drink


New member
Dec 8, 2004
Billings, MT

I am starting to have trouble with a few of my customers (regular & non-regular) by them bringing in food from other places and then ordering just a bottled water or latte and eating in my establishment. I also serve a limited lunch menu (soup/panini sand).

Since the weather is nicer, I am having to deal with more customers taking advantage with my outdoor seating. What is the best way to handle customers taking advantage of my cafe?

Any suggestions?


Coffee Guy

New member
Oct 19, 2003
Seattle,Washington USA
Hey Rockcreekcoffee:

Do you have a common area that you share with other merchants or is all of the seating yours only? If it's a common area it might be hard for you to control, but if it is your area exclusively then I would place barriers or poles or something with signage stating that no outside food is allowed in your establishment. Post a sign somewhere that is very obvious before customers enter your place. This way there shouldn't be any doubt of what your rules are...

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