by David Klemt

Stand Out with Weird Holidays: March 2022

by David Klemt

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Want to stand out from from other restaurants and bars in your area? Then commit to keeping it weird.

Several “holidays” are set against every date on the calendar, and March is no exception. These holidays range from mainstream—it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day!—to “weird.”

Pay attention to the latter to raise eyebrows, carve out a niche for your restaurant or bar, and attract more guests. Why do what everyone else is already doing?

Of course, you shouldn’t try to celebrate every holiday, weird or otherwise. And this month’s list in no way includes every odd holiday.

Focus on the days that are authentic to your brand; resonate with your guests; and help you grab attention on social media.

For last month’s list, click here.

March 2: National Old Stuff Day

There are a couple of ways to celebrate this holiday. Both require a bit of tact. On the one hand, you could showcase your big age-statement spirits. But on the other, you could lean into this holiday and try to move dead-stock spirits.

March 3: National Cold Cuts Day

People like to joke that packaged cold cuts and cheese singles make for a more “basic” form of charcuterie. This could be a great day to steer into that joke and build a simple, fun, and affordable charcuterie plate.

March 5: Cinco de Marcho

Now, we don’t support overserving. It’s not safe, it’s not responsible, and it can result in severe legal ramifications for operators and their teams. That said, Cinco de Marcho occurs just shy of two weeks before St. Patrick’s Day. The point behind the holiday is to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day. So, it could be a good idea to highlight your Irish whiskeys, gins, and beers in the lead-up to St. Patrick’s Day to leverage the interest in them for longer.

March 14: National Potato Chip Day

I really shouldn’t have to tell you what to do on this day. If you have the ability, show off your house-made potato chips. Other than that, if you sell chips by the bag, build a drink-and-chip LTO around them.

March 15: National Everything You Think is Wrong Day

Whew! That’s a bold statement, one that’s sure to get some blood boiling and arguments started. This probably isn’t the time to talk politics with guests. If you’re bold enough to tackle this holiday, maybe create a trivia night around the facts that most people tend to get wrong about different spirits, beers, and wines.

March 18: National Awkward Moments Day

Life is full of awkward moments. You probably witness quite a few each week within your four walls. For this holiday, encourage people in your area to treat themselves to a good meal and/or drink to try and forget their latest awkward moments.

March 22: (Inter)National Goof Off Day

It’s unfortunate that simply trying to have a good time is considered “goofing off.” But, that’s where we are, apparently. This is the perfect holiday to encourage your guests to enjoy an afternoon, evening or night at your place to escape their stressful lives, if only for an hour or two.

March 25: Waffle Day

You may be surprised to learn the sheer number of foods you can waffle. Well, this is the holiday for you and your kitchen team to build a specialty waffle menu to blow your guests minds. Interestingly, this is the day Sweden celebrates Waffle Day. So, if you can’t do it this year or simply want to repeat it, National Waffle Day is celebrated August 24.

March 28: National Something on a Stick Day

You can waffle a lot of foods but I’m willing to bet you can put way more foods on a stick. I smell an LTO menu…

March 31: National Tater Day

Roasted, fried, air fried, mashed, smashed, baked, twice baked, riced, totted (I dunno, I’m hungry writing this and want tater tots)… Celebrate everything a potato can do on this holiday dedicated to the humble spud.

Image: Dan Parlante on Unsplash