“We do a lot of social media things, table tents, in-house promotion, flyers, things like that,” Schumann said.
“Usually we see an increase in business on this day. People want to come out, they want to help.”
TOPO waiter Laker Rosenberg said customers are excited when they learn their meal is contributing to a good cause.
“I think everyone should be doing more things like the RSVVP program, especially during the holidays,” Rosenberg said.
Carolina Coffee Shop has participated in RSVVP Day since its inception. Manager Jeremy Ferry said customers tend to have no awareness that it is RSVVP Day.
“It’s pitiful, because we’ve been doing it for 20 years and no customers ever know,” Ferry said.
“I’ve worked here eight years and I’ve never heard a customer once say, ‘Oh, I came out because it’s RSVVP Day.’ They just come.”
This seemed to be the case with most people dining out on RSVVP Day.
“We had no idea this was going on,” said Margot Le Baron, a diner at Carolina Coffee Shop.
Each participating restaurant was given table-toppers to inform customers about their participation in RSVVP Day.
“They had an information sheet that we read when we got in there,” said Mellow Mushroom customer Chris Mitchell.
“It’s really great, kind of a win-win situation.”
Jim Vangerford, a customer at Sup Dogs, said he heard about RSVVP Day on the radio.
“I think it was Ron Stutts on the WCHL either yesterday or this morning, and he said to eat out,” Vangerford said.
Judith Rivera, a customer at Carolina Coffee Shop, suggested RSVVP Day should occur more frequently.
“If it was monthly, I’d go every month,” Rivera said. “Annually, it’s hard to remember.”
Even if it does not increase foot traffic, restaurants are proud to participate.
“We just participate because it’s a good cause,” Ferry said.
“There’s a lot of need for that around here, and we are more than happy to help.”