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In the fast-paced world of the food industry, having clearly written and easily accessible Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) is crucial. SOPs serve multiple purposes, from guiding employees and managers to ensuring product and service consistency, and demonstrating compliance with food safety regulations. In this article, we will delve into the world of restaurant SOPs, how they benefit your business, and how Jolt can help you create and maintain custom-tailored SOPs for your restaurant.


How to Create Standard Operating Procedures for a Restaurant Checklist

Having clear SOPs in place for all aspects of your restaurant’s operation is essential, regardless of your business size or employee count. SOPs eliminate confusion, human error, and disagreements between employees and management, leading to a smoothly running restaurant with consistently high food quality and customer service.
In addition to detailed SOPs, having restaurant checklist standard operating procedures is beneficial. Checklists make it easy for employees to follow tasks and sign off on them as they are completed. Jolt’s easy-to-use software for restaurants can help you create and manage checklists.
Creating a good SOPs checklist for your restaurant involves (ask your best employees in each area of your business to help with this):

  • Writing down all the jobs and tasks that need to be done in full detail
  • Deciding the sequence they should be completed and assigning them to specific roles
  • Thoroughly training all employees on the updated procedures
  • Updating them as necessary based on employee feedback

Use Jolt for Restaurant SOPs

Restaurant SOPs, or Standard Operating Procedures, are detailed sets of instructions for performing various duties related to running your business. The primary goal of a restaurant SOP is to ensure the safety and quality of the food and beverages you offer, achieved by outlining step-by-step guidelines for safe food handling, storage, preparation, and sanitation.
In addition to food safety, restaurant SOPs cover various aspects of restaurant operation, such as:

  1. Greeting and seating customers
  2. Customer service and handling complaints
  3. Promotions, discounts, and loyalty programs
  4. Tip distribution
  5. Onboarding and training
  6. Safety and security policies

This list is by no means comprehensive; your restaurant can include any relevant procedures in your SOPs.


Benefits of Jolt for Your Restaurant

Implementing Jolt in your restaurant can provide numerous benefits, such as:

Streamlined communication: Jolt allows for seamless communication between team members and managers. Employees can access necessary information, and managers can monitor progress and send reminders or notifications as needed.

  • Improved accountability: Digital checklists and task management features in Jolt ensure that all employees are accountable for their tasks. Managers can easily track task completion and address any issues that arise.
  • Enhanced consistency: Jolt’s training materials and digital information library ensure that all employees are trained consistently and have access to the most up-to-date procedures and policies.
  • Reduced errors: With clear SOPs, checklists, training materials, and date code label printing, employees are less likely to make mistakes. This can lead to higher customer satisfaction, fewer complaints, safer customers, and a more efficiently run restaurant.
  • Time savings: Digital checklists and task management features save time by eliminating the need for paper checklists and manual tracking. Managers can quickly identify and address any issues, keeping the restaurant running smoothly.
  • Increased profitability: With streamlined operations, increased employee productivity, and improved customer satisfaction, your restaurant can operate with fewer people and become much more profitable.

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Streamline Your Restaurant Operations with Jolt

Jolt offers a range of software solutions for training and managing your restaurant staff. Our customizable training software covers each role in your restaurant, with self-training materials and comprehension quizzes to ensure understanding.

Make Task Management and Completion Easy with Jolt

Jolt checklists are easy to follow and enhance the accountability and productivity of your team members. With Jolt restaurant management software, you can monitor progress on daily checklists from any location, sending notifications or reminders when necessary.
Our digital information library provides easy access to essential documents, such as SOPs, checklists, recipes, and training materials. This ensures that your team always has the information they need to perform their tasks correctly.

Upgrade with Jolt

Standard operating procedures and checklists are essential for ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of a restaurant. Jolt offers user-friendly software solutions to help you create, implement, and manage SOPs and checklists for both employees and managers. By investing in Jolt’s digital tools, your restaurant can enjoy improved communication, accountability, consistency, and profitability.

“What would you pay to have your best person in every single one of your locations all the time? That’s what you get with Jolt.”

—Sean, McDonald’s Franchisee

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Restaurant Opening Checklist for Employees

SOPs can be tailored to provide specific instructions for individual employee roles or divided between front-of-house and back-of-house staff.


Restaurant Opening Checklist for Employees

A clear and concise restaurant opening checklist ensures a smooth start to the workday. Common tasks on this checklist include:

  • Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces, tables, workstations, and countertops
  • Washing windows
  • Setting tables with place settings and decorations
  • Sweeping and mopping floors
  • Restocking the bar with glasses
  • Prepping ingredients for hot and cold stations
  • Receiving and stocking food service deliveries
  • Placing appropriate utensils at each workstation

Restaurant Closing Checklists for Employees

Key tasks in a restaurant include opening and closing, which significantly impact the overall functioning of the establishment.


Restaurant Closing Checklists for Employees

Equally important, restaurant closing checklists ensure that everything is in order before the closing shift leaves so it doesn’t all fall on the next day’s openers. Among the required tasks for front-of-house and back-of-house employees are:

  • Storing leftover food in coolers or freezers
  • Polishing cutlery and making silverware rolls
  • Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces, windows, and menus
  • Sweeping and mopping floors
  • Cleaning and sanitizing restrooms
  • Refilling condiments, napkin dispensers, and water carafes
  • Taking out trash and replacing bags

Restaurant Opening Checklist for Managers

Managers set the tone for the day by diligently completing their assigned opening tasks made easy with Jolt. 


Restaurant Opening Checklist for Managers

Managers have different responsibilities than employees, but they should also have access to well-defined SOPs and checklists. Managers set the tone for the day by diligently completing their assigned opening tasks, which may include:

  • Checking point-of-sale registers
  • Unlocking customer entry doors
  • Adjusting lights, thermostat, and climate controls
  • Choosing dining room music and volume
  • Conducting morning staff meetings
  • Reviewing sales targets, promotions, and special dishes

Restaurant Closing Checklists for Managers

Closing tasks for managers ensure a smooth start for the next day’s business which Jolt can help ensure.


Restaurant Closing Checklists for Managers

Managers can lead by example and reinforce the importance of following SOPs and checklists. Closing tasks for managers ensure a smooth start for the next day’s business. These tasks may include:

  • Checking temperatures of walk-in coolers and freezers
  • Lowering or turning off climate controls, music, and lights
  • Overseeing tip distribution
  • Emptying cash registers and depositing money
  • Printing end-of-day reports
  • Completing inventory of items in coolers and freezers
  • Locking doors and windows

An Entire Suite of Products For Restaurants

Jolt Lists

With Jolt Lists, your entire team naturally does the right thing, at the right time, in the right way. Turn guesswork into great work

Jolt Sensors

Discover a remote monitoring solution that protects inventory with alerts when temperatures fall outside of a defined range

Jolt Labeling System

Streamline the label-making process by reducing the time it takes to make labels and eliminating errors. 

Jolt Temperature Probes

Take and record food temperature in just seconds.


Jolt Information Library

Provide employee training and store content in one central hub.


Jolt Employee Scheduling

Scheduling your entire crew has never been easier than with Jolt’s drag and drop interface.

Jolt Time Clock

Monitor employee clock-ins and shift lengths all from home.


Jolt Communication Manager

Ensure that critical information is delivered to the right people, at the right time, in the right way.

Key Benefits from Jolt


Automate task assignment, corrective actions, and notifications for overdue and incomplete tasks.


View real-time reports to track critical tasks and review employee, location, and brand performance.


Attach training videos or documents to any task that employees can reference for on-the-spot training.

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· Automated, consistent record keeping & at-a-glance reporting on all locations

· Worry-free compliance with health & safety regulations

· Text and email notifications for overdue, out of range & incomplete tasks

· Integrated just-in-time training

· Including work orders, opening/closing checklists, employee write-up forms & more

· The Jolt Platform includes: Tasks & Checklists, Temperature Logs, Labeling, Employee Scheduling, Forms & Inspections, Information Library, Time & Attendance, Message Blast, Employee Announcements, and Logbook

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“Not only has Jolt saved my managers over two hours of work every day, but I have seen a direct increase in my profitability per store.”

– Garrett S., Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee

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We are beginning to use Jolt for so many things at Chick-fil-A. It has cut down on paper cost, it’s super convenient, and it just makes my life a whole lot easier.

– Kasey,  Chick-fil-A Franchisee

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Now daily food labeling is a snap. No more trying to decipher messy handwriting… I hate to think of life without it.

– Taran, Costa Vida Franchisee