Professional designers can be costly, prohibitively so, if you are just starting out to realise your dream of having your own restaurant or helping a friend realise his dream. You can design the new restaurant's menu for free using layouts offered by websites such as stocklayouts.com. Using free layouts for menus can reduce your cost while still giving you a professional-looking menu. Quickly personalise these designs by replacing the information in the layout with your restaurant's information and menu.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Go to stocklayouts.com or hp.com.
Change the information in the free layout to your restaurant's information. If you chose a stocklayouts.com layout, open the program you want to work in and change the text and graphics. For HP layouts, open the file in Word, and change the graphics and text. Be specific in describing the restaurant's dishes, both to entice diners and to save the restaurant's staff from having to answer questions about ingredients.
Print your menus from home, or, for a more professional look, have a printing service print them for you. If you print them from home, try a card stock for a sturdier menu, or consider plastic covers to keep your menus clean and crisp.
Tips and warnings
- Have someone proofread your menu very carefully before printing it. Most word-processing and other programs allow you to spellcheck but may not have unusual food ingredients in their dictionary and won't catch errors of punctuation, spacing or fact.
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