Bandanas BBQ This combination requires 11 to 14 hours in the smoker, to produce our signature, Bandana's Bar-B-Q taste. Only American hardwoods are used in this unique process because David knows how much the smoke compliments the ultimate taste of his barbeque. David Seitz introduced southern style barbeque to St. Louis, MO, in 1996. The reception was overwhelming. Today, Bandana's has grown to a force of 17 stores in the St. Louis area.
We Cook It Slow But Serve It Fast
We really know how to slow cook great tasting barbecue just the way barbecue lovers like it. And we serve it in a fun and friendly environment that appeals to both business people at lunch, and families anytime. Kids love our clean and casual interiors but parents appreciate our fast service. We experience more table turns per day than restaurant industry standards. We can provide a pleasant dining experience for a table of four and have them back on the road within 30 minutes. Faster table turns translate into more sales per mealtime period. Our servers realize more income from these fast turns, and that makes them more loyal. Bandana's has a lower turnover rate than industry averages.
Carry Out Represents 25% Of Our Total Income
Carry out means Big Profits at Bandana's. That's a nice business to have. Without tables to serve and bus, each meal represents an easier profit. Customers can call ahead or just stop by on their way home to pick up our delicious food in 20 minutes.
Our barbecue is the ideal Carry Out meal. Our "To Go" orders are packed in insulated Styrofoam containers that keep them warm on the trip home. Our restaurants have reserved parking, so Carry Out patrons are in and out in a flash.
We Use Catering As Our Primary Sampling Device and It's Profitable
In 2003, our St. Louis stores had sales over $2 million in catering business. So you can imagine how seriously we take this service. For this reason, each Bandana's Bar-B-Q Restaurant has a staff of employees that work specifically for the catering side of the business. We've catered office parties and social gatherings for Boeing, Edward Jones, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Energizer Battery Company, Monsanto and the University of Missouri. Everybody enjoys barbecued food, but they really love Bandana's. We like to think of our catering business as our primary sampling device. Invariably, some questions about Bandana's and our great tasting food will come up at these events and we want our people to tell the appropriate brand stories that support the award-winning Bandana's brand.