A little backstory on this plugin:
Way back when I helped launch a project named DevPress, the team had envisioned creating an awesome restaurant theme. Of course, this meant creating a companion plugin that would handle all of custom functionality. I wrote all of the code for this plugin at the time, but it had become unruly. It was a beast of plugin with way too many bells and whistles.
While we gained tons of great feedback from users and other developers, the restaurant project quickly hit a wall. We had too many features. Tung Do, the mastermind behind the project (and current owner of DevPress) didn’t really have this in mind. With the split of the original team around the same time, the restaurant theme/plugin died.
A few months ago, Tung and I got back together and hashed out a plan. Since I already had the code, I figured it’d be easy to do. And, in all honesty, he kept me completely in check as a developer. We kept cutting features and cutting features until we got the plugin down to the essence of what a restaurant plugin should be.
Today, I want to introduce you to a new restaurant management plugin, simply titled, Restaurant.
The Restaurant WordPress plugin
As I mentioned in the backstory, the Restaurant plugin has been cut down to the necessities. What this means is that this plugin is simply a food/beverage menu manager. The reason for this is that we wanted it simple enough for various businesses like:
- Small mom-and-pop shops
- And other basic food-industry sites
The idea is to start with the most prevalent type of businesses, which would be small restaurants and other food-and-beverage companies that don’t have a lot of money to spend on fancy sites. They want to simply have a good-looking and easy-to-manage Web presence with the ability to show what they offer.
For those of you doing more complex restaurant sites, don’t fret. Another reason for keeping this plugin simple is because I’d love to see a developer community grow up around this plugin to add more advanced functionality. Here’s a few example ideas for add-on plugins:
- Daily specials
- Location widget
- Course manager
- Reservation system
The sky is the limit, as they say. There’s a ton of potential for adding extra things needed for different areas of the industry.
You can download the plugin from either of these places:
Introducing the Ravintola theme
Looks pretty awesome, right? While I created the plugin, Tung created the first freely-available theme that integrates with the Restaurant plugin. The Ravintola theme is available via DevPress. It’s a theme designed for restaurants, cafes, and small business websites.
Go ahead and give it a test drive. It works well with the plugin.