The Oak Leaf Restaurant is losing money and the Council are conducting a review. The friendly staff try very hard and it is not their fault that this excellent venue is failing.
Why is it other Restaurants thrive? Is it down to the menu and quality of food? If so, the best way forward is to copy your competitors who are doing well.
Perhaps introduce a Family Sunday Carvery, with oven cooked roast meats, fresh vegetables and home-made desserts.
Check out what sells well elsewhere, change the menu and go all-out to bring in new customers.
If the Council aren’t ambitious enough to change, it is obvious they will have to franchise the restaurant. They did this years ago, and as the catering trade has changed they might consider it again. If the council can’t compete commercially, they are bound to seek an alternative that doesn’t lose taxpayers’ money.