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Square Guides

Maximize Your Restaurant's Next Event or Soft Opening

Get this comprehensive checklist guide to:

  • Opening new locations

  • Planning your soft launch

  • Executing your restaurant's events seamlessly

  • Capitalizing on event momentum

  • Opening to the public

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Soft vs. Grand Openings

Explore the benefits and various soft opening formats for different restaurant types, neighborhoods, and more. 

How to Prepare

Review this helpful pre-launch checklist, which covers everything from social media to administrative items, before your next event.

How to throw a great event

Six things to check off your list, like talking with your guests and capturing feedback, during your soft opening. 

Keep Momentum Going

After your soft opening, read about these 7 ways to maximize the momentum of your soft open as you open to the public.

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Cover-to-Cover Soft-Opening Ideas

From how to prepare for a soft-opening event to continuing the momentum post-event, get these helpful checklists and ideas for opening a new restaurant or location.

Your Comprehensive Soft-Opening Game Plan 

We put together more than a few checklists of things to consider during the day-of your soft opening, from how people should line up to your social media strategy.

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Getting started with the Square Contactless and Chip Reader

Unboxing and Charging the Reader
Connecting the Reader via Bluetooth
Connecting the Reader to Square Stand
Accepting Chip Card Payments with the Reader
Accepting Contactless Payments with the Reader

Tech specs

Molded plastic
Height: 0.4 inches
Width: 2.6 inches
Depth: 2.6 inches
56 grams
Supported devices
Compatible iOS and Android devices
Payment types
Apple Pay
Android Pay
Samsung Pay
EMV chip cards
NFC cards
Power modes
Charge the battery and connect wirelessly, or plug it into the Square Stand USB hub.

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Square Register gives you everything you need in one free point-of-sale app. Free app updates keep you equipped with the latest point-of-sale features.

  • Accept payments—even without a connection.
  • Send receipts via email or text message, or print them out.
  • Collect customer feedback from digital receipts.
  • Print or email sales reports.
  • Adjust taxes, tipping, and discounts.
  • Manage inventory in real time.
  • Accept orders online for pickup in person.
  • Create employee logins.

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