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Revenue centers and service areas

For areas of your floor plan that offer seated table service, you can define a revenue center as equivalent to the service area that you created for those tables. Comparing the sales in different service areas over time can help you make strategic decisions about staffing, table density, promotional offerings, and so on.

Service area identifies a revenue center

The following example floor plan shows a restaurant that has both a bar and tables. The main dining room offers seated service at numbered tables, and the servers use table service mode to place orders on a toast POS device. You can set up the main dining room as a service area (outlined and shaded in blue), and assign that service area to a revenue center.

A restaurant floor plan with a bar and a main dining service area.

For this configuration, the Analytics & Reports > Overview report includes:


Different service areas identify different revenue centers

If you later decide that you want to track and compare revenue from two different parts of your table seating separately, you can change the configuration to set up two different service areas with their own respective revenue centers.

A restaurant floor plan with a bar and two service areas for dining.

Starting with the date and time that you make this configuration change, the Analytics & Reports > Overview report includes:

  • A row for the Main Dining revenue center with item counts and net sales from the main dining service area.

  • A row for the Private Function revenue center with item counts and net sales from the private function service area.

  • A No Revenue Center row with item counts and net sales from the bar. (Seeing these orders when you investigate sales reported for no revenue center might remind you to add a revenue center for the bar. For an example, see Revenue centers and devices.)

Overview and sales-related reports for prior dates do not include the new Private Function service area.