When is the best time to solicit restaurants?

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I am a CEO of small start up marketing consultant company. We sell a great product and everyone on our sales team is nice and personable. What is the best time to cold-call restaurant owners/managers? I'm looking for a time that's most convenient for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
    When you stop in to buy their food!
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    I have no agenda but to help those in the same situation. This I feel will pay the bills.
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  • Profile picture of the author loboxd
    early when there opening up or late in the day when there closeing.
    you do not what to bother them while there serving there customers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Z
    For restaurants right when they open tends to be a slow time. During lunch or dinner rushes should be avoided at all cost. And try slow days like Mondays.
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    • Profile picture of the author MUNK26
      Personally; since I've worked in the restaurant industry over a 7 year period, I would say the best time has always been between 2 and 3:30 because that's always the slowest periods of the day and the managers are generally trying to find things for the employees to do. Meanwhile they usually handle whatever business they tend to have not been able to finish during the early morning period. Hope this helps.
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      • Profile picture of the author rprieto60
        Originally Posted by MUNK26 View Post

        Personally; since I've worked in the restaurant industry over a 7 year period, I would say the best time has always been between 2 and 3:30 because that's always the slowest periods of the day and the managers are generally trying to find things for the employees to do. Meanwhile they usually handle whatever business they tend to have not been able to finish during the early morning period. Hope this helps.

        I agree with Munk. I spent several years in the Restaurant industry and found that the time after the lunch rush is over and before gearing up for the dinner rush tends to be a bit slower. I would also add that Tuesday and Wednesday were the slowest days. Thursday and Friday are for deliveries coming in for the weekend.
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  • Profile picture of the author Magnum1
    I have been cold calling (in person) restaurants for years. Before 10 AM or After 2 PM are the best times. I will often stop in and find out when the owner usually comes in.

    Many restaurant owners will come in early before the rest of staff. This is another great time before the restaurant opens! Best option of all, if possible eat a meal there and then talk to the owner. They are more receptive to a paying customer!
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    • Profile picture of the author rhinocl
      Try to deal with the ones that are not in their restaurants all the time. The ones who let their managers manage and only check on them 3 times per week have time to deal with you. You must create interest in what you hand their managers or say on the phone to them though.
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