A local pub is looking to forgo it’s food business and lease the space to another company; both companies would then operate within the same premises and ‘co-operate’ and hopefully provide a seamless customer experience with the bar handling all beverages and restaurant handling all food.
Each company maintains separate finances and sales tax liabilities.
I understand that report and product design can separate the two within one system. Is there a way to separate payment processing into two separate instances?
The methods I’ve considered to resolve this issue when operating intermingled are:
Two cash registers and payment processing systems with final customer bill showing a ‘Bar’ and ‘Food’ distinction/total; with the cashier placing proper cash in proper Till and/or swiping customers card to two separate card readers producing two receipts for signature [could be an issue for customers who are charged per transaction ie. pre-paid credit cards]. This method would reply on full reporting and cashier’s skill/training.
One register and single payment processing system with ‘payouts’ from CompanyA to CompanyB [cash daily & check/charge weekly]. This method seems like it could cause accounting/tax nightmares and possible contention between the companies.
Interrupt the ‘seamless’ customer experience by requiring customer to pay for food at order. I’m thinking paying in advance or separately for food would decrease ‘add-on’ sales from initial order.
The flow of operation is that a bartender/server takes orders and delivers food with the kitchen only responsible for production of menu items [with the exception of delivery items where bottled/canned soft drinks are sold rather than poured products].
Has anyone faced a similar issue/set-up?