The Impact of Wi-Fi Service in Restaurants on Customers' Likelihood of Return to a Restaurant

Cihan Cobanoglu*, Anil Bilgihan, Khaldoon Khal Nusair, Katerina Berezina

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The purpose of this study is to explore the impact of wireless internet (Wi-Fi) service on customers' likelihood of returning to a restaurant. Data was collected via an online structured questionnaire from randomly chosen 1000 restaurant customers in the U.S. The results showed that (1) Wi-Fi access has become an important amenity in restaurants and cafes in the United States; (2) Technology-savvy customers prefer restaurants or cafes with Wi-Fi service; (3) Customers prefer free Wi-Fi in restaurants over paid models; and (4) A multiple regression model supported that Wi-Fi service availability, Wi-Fi service quality, price of Wi-Fi service, perceived risk of using Wi-Fi service, and perceived value of Wi-Fi are predictors of likelihood of a customer's return to a restaurant. The research findings highlight the importance of internet amenities in restaurants. It shows that providing Wi-Fi service in a restaurant is a predictor of the likelihood of customers returning to a restaurant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-299
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Foodservice Business Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • Internet
  • Wi-Fi
  • information technology
  • restaurants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science


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