How to Get Restaurant Patio Seating Right

Focus POS

Right now, restaurants are relying heavily on outdoor patio seating for a large part of their dine-in revenue. If you have the available space, patio seating is a great way to boost your sales and keep customers safe during the pandemic. Restaurants have been hit hard.

Restaurant Seating 101 for New Restaurant Owners

Web Diner

But, when it comes to customers and seating arrangements, that couldn’t really be further from the truth. The way clients are seated is a huge part of it. First of all, identify the different areas where it would be possible to seat customers – while obviously taking into account the areas that are needed for other purposes. Instead of buying a single very long table that would maybe sit something like 10 people, you can get smaller square tables that seat 4 people.

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Fewer Seats, More Shelves: How Restaurants are Preparing for the Takeout Order Boom


Previously, most locations were about 2,000 square feet with 50 seats, as required by company policy. Future stores will be as small as 1,400 square feet and seat as few as 26 people. Since 2014, online ordering for pickup and delivery has grown 300% faster than dine-in traffic. In its early years, digital ordering provided an opportunity to access tech-savvy customers and boost sales. Now, it is crucial that quick-serve and fast-casual restaurants offer the ability to order online.

How Expanded Outdoor Seating Can Maximize Your Restaurant’s Profits


Expanded outdoor seating may be just what you need to maximize profits during COVID-19. The post How Expanded Outdoor Seating Can Maximize Your Restaurant’s Profits appeared first on Evergreen.

Inside Seating? A Harlem Bar Owner Navigates COVID-19's Changing Rules

The Salt

67 Orange Street makes do with take-out and outdoor service while waiting for a decision on inside dining in NYC. Image credit: Camille Petersen/Camille Petersen

How to Reopen Your Restaurant – Safely and Profitably

Blue Orbit Restaurant Consulting

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This week in restaurant news: supporting protests, outdoor seating, fine dining chefs get creative


Restaurants With Closed Dining Rooms Win Clearance for Outdoor Seating – Restaurant Business. Local governments in cities including San Francisco and Chicago are allowing restaurants to seat guests outdoors while dining rooms are still closed, and similar legislation is expected to pass in New York City. The post This week in restaurant news: supporting protests, outdoor seating, fine dining chefs get creative appeared first on Open for Business.

How to Develop a Restaurant Management Plan

The Restaurant Expert

My restaurant knows its dollars per square foot and or dollars per seat ­­­ _. A restaurant management plan is your written strategy for how to get your restaurant to where you want it. New ideas have very little value unless they are put into action. This restaurant management plan is a tool that translates ideas (I should or I’ll try to) into action (I am). This helps solidify your commitment to turning your restaurant into a profitable and smooth-running operation.


Culinary Cues

Far too many times the menu takes a back seat to all other planning that will lead to serious miscalculations along the way. Consider this – the menu is the most important component of a successful restaurant and once designed it can, and should, impact every other aspect of the business.

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What are Ghost Kitchens, and Why are They Becoming so Popular?

Sculpture Hospitality

Seating capacities have been dramatically reduced in most locations, and in some countries restaurants aren’t even allowed to open their doors to customers. 2020 has been a rough year for the restaurant industry.

Having A Seat At The Table Doesn?t Mean We Get To Order

The Restaurant Manifesto

As to be expected in such Trump-sponsored gatherings, the members of this “task force” seemed keenly aware that addressing the President requires … Continue reading "Having A Seat At The Table Doesn’t Mean We Get To Order". The post Having A Seat At The Table Doesn’t Mean We Get To Order appeared first on THE RESTAURANT MANIFESTO.

The Pros and Cons of Running a Dog-Friendly Restaurant


With more restaurants expanding their outdoor seating to cater to social […]. Have you considered opening a dog-friendly restaurant? If so, you’re not alone. As more millennials choose pets over babies, pet-friendly restaurants are becoming a restaurant industry trend.

Reopening with a Safety Surcharge - Will it Work in Your Restaurant or Bar?

Sculpture Hospitality

For some locations, this may include reduced seating and customer capacity (25% - 50%), the requirement for staff to wear the appropriate PPE (personal protection equipment), enhanced cleaning regimes more frequently throughout the day, and much more. As different regions begin to open up, business and restaurant owners are faced with new safety standards for social distancing and health & safety rules.

Outdoor Is the New Indoor

Modern Restaurant Management

” No one knows for sure, but we are seeing glimpses of a trend that may be the answer for restaurant owners and operators: expanded outdoor seating. Some restaurants with small dining rooms have opted to remain closed, even with permission to reopen, because it doesn’t’t make economic sense given the small number of customers they could seat in order to adhere to distancing regulations. ” An (ROI) Argument for Expanding Outdoor Seating.


Culinary Cues

Then we over-stepped our bounds, other underlying initiatives drove us to make assumptions, and include other deeply seated theories in our approach towards this common battle. World terrorists have taken a back seat to domestic terrorists. Never Forget.

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The Breakfast Cook – Tough, Dependable, Organized, and Fast

Culinary Cues

The average dining room guest for breakfast is likely to spend no more than 30 minutes from the time they are seated. There are cooks and there are cooks – each has his or her list of responsibilities, required skills, and bag of tricks.

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Culinary Cues

How will I approach today’s prep, what can I defer till a later time, based on who is scheduled for a shift – how must I adjust the work that I do, and given the reservations for tonight – which items might move and which items will take a back seat to demand.”


Culinary Cues

There is, in human nature, a desire to make a difference, to do something meaningful, or as Steve Jobs once said: “To make a dent in the universe.” Not everyone struggles with this need, but for those who are born with this deep-seated knowing desire – they understand that it is always present. They don’t want to relax and step off the roller coaster of “making a dent in the universe” – they want to stay in the driver’s seat, they NEED to stay in the driver’s seat.

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Exceeding Restaurant Health and Safety Protocols to Instill Customer Confidence


For, example, many restaurant operators are finding it difficult to enforce social distancing in their dining rooms, especially in those that offer self-serve seating or built-in booths. One restaurant found a creative solution to maintaining social distancing at its self-seating outdoor dining area by seating giant teddy bears to indicate a table isn’t available. Only after tables are seated should you present plates and wrapped silverware. Expand outdoor seating.

TNI Safety Dividers during COVID-19

Robert Ancill Restaurant Consulting

Restaurants are considered high risk for the spread of COVID-19 due to the close proximity of tables and chairs The solution is the new TNI Safety system The TNI Safety COVID-19 protective system allows restaurants to operate without the need to remove essential seats or tables Standard sizes and custom cut panels available to fit … Read More.

What the Heck is a KPI and Why You Should Give a Sh*t

Embrace the Suck

RevPASH stands for “revenue per available seat hour” during a given time period (and sounds really cool when you say it). RevPash = Total revenue ÷ (available seats x opening hours). As competition gets tougher and profits seem to slip slowly away, you need to analyze your data more than ever. In fact, the bars and restaurants that fail to capitalize on their data will find themselves in hot water.

How to Plan Your Restaurant's Grand Re-Opening Event

7 Shifts

Set a goal for your restaurant’s grand opening—whether it’s seating capacity, an order volume, or revenue for your first day back in business. A seating capacity goal (such as 100% of the allowed seating capacity) or a reservation booking goal A revenue goal—such as a volume number or percentage compared to pre-COVID A follower goal on social media from gaining new interest in your restaurant A return visit goal for diners who return to your restaurant after the grand opening 2.

20 Best Breweries in Philadelphia in 2020


Opened in 1994, this brewery has great beer, outdoor seating, and a family friendly, eclectic food menu. Open for outdoor seating and limited indoor seating due to COVID-19. Open for Beer Garden seating and takeout only. Now open with limited seating & for delivery.

Inspiring! 3 Restaurants Show How they Adapted During the COVID-19 Pandemic

7 Shifts

We know that that person is cute, but you must stay seated with your party. You've heard hundreds of stories about restaurants struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While it's undoubtedly a difficult time for restaurants, this has also been an era of innovation and resilience.

A Guide to Effective Instagram Marketing For Restaurants

Social Hospitality

A great example is the Coppa Club chain in London that periodically offers outdoor seating in igloos and pods. Instagram has come a long way since its inception in 2010. The image-based social network now has a revenue of approximately $6.84 billion, which, in 2019, included $20 billion in ad revenue. . The restaurant and food industry is one of the many to take advantage of the marketing opportunities Instagram offers.

Representation Matters: Celebrating Black-Owned Restaurants, Bars, & Vendors


As our nation continues to confront a deep-seated history of racism and systemic oppression, Evergreen (fka Taphunter) remains committed to driving change in our industry while continuing to stand united […]. Representation is especially important in the restaurant industry.

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Understanding Clients’ Needs for a Workable Return to the Restaurant Experience

Modern Restaurant Management

New design solutions we’re considering include temporary enclosures around existing seating groups, devising clever touchless delivery systems inside existing and new restaurants, rethinking the curbside pickup landscape for our mixed-use projects as a starting point. Or, do we design permanent fixed seating that follows social distancing? Seating in any form affects the square footage of a restaurant, which directly impacts the client’s bottom line.

Social Distancing Techniques For When You Reopen Your Restaurant

Gourmet Marketing

If possible, expand your outdoor seating area. Cities are beginning to close off streets to provide more space for restaurant seating and pedestrians. ” Fill those empty seats. Restaurants are finding fun and wacky ways to fill those empty seats with something other than humans: dummies and stuffed animals. . A Virginia Michelin-starred restaurant is filling empty seats with mannequins to make the restaurant appear less empty while patrons are dining.

Back to the Future: a Revolution in Back-of-House Technology


Widespread adoption of front-of-house software has taken hospitality from notepads in back pockets to everything from placing orders and processing payments to seating guests and splitting checks being done electronically. A revolution in digital technology has swept through front-of-house foodservice operations, and its effects have been so remarkable that even industry veterans have gotten whiplash. .

Restaurateurs Adapt to New Consumer Preferences

Restaurant Engine

Restaurants worldwide are finalizing their checklists for sanitation requirements, curbside and delivery setup, and figuring out new seating layouts for six feet of social distance. Some government officials have instituted a Temporary Outdoor Restaurant Permit , which allows restaurants to use parking spots for additional seating. Restaurant owners must approve seating arrangements ahead of time with their municipality.


Culinary Cues

As a chef, I have long admired the craft of the Patissier and Boulanger. Chefs readily admit that the skill set of a dedicated pastry chef or bread baker is quite different from that of the savory chef.

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Culinary Cues

Creativity takes a back seat during times of crisis and uncertainty. . They say that hindsight is 2020 – that being so, there is plenty for us to reflect on and determine how we might have done things differently. The fact is, we can’t go back, but we can look forward.

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Culinary Cues

Some try and paint a brighter picture by projecting that as soon as the quarantine is lifted – people will return in droves to their previous lifestyle and fill those empty restaurant seats. Desperation has sunk in for those of us in the restaurant business. We know that closure is a reality for at least 30 more days and likely longer than that. The only adjustment that can be made is the heartbreaking decision to furlough employees or consider permanent closure of operations.

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Culinary Cues

When professional groups rally behind the needs of their members then employees feel as though they belong as a member of that organization, and when government steps up and does everything in its power to help citizens then there exists a deep-seated pride in being an American. This is another time when we can rely on what we know about human nature and what keeps people whole: physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Face Pay Network, Restaurant of the Future and The Main Course

Modern Restaurant Management

Seated Acquires VenueBook. Seated acquired digital event booking platform VenueBook. With Seated Events, Seated at Home, and Seated, restaurants can drive demand to their three primary sources of revenue in a single, easy to use rewards platform.”

Chicago’s Expanded Outdoor Dining Program for Bars & Breweries


However this week, Chicago announced a new tweak to the program to help keep bars and breweries without a kitchen or an adequate outdoor seating area open and serving customers. The first requirement to obtain the new permit for expanded outdoor seating is to meet the onsite food requirement.

City Works Disney Springs: By The Numbers

Bottleneck Management

309 Seats throughout the bar and dining areas. 83 Seats outside. We’re excited to announce the opening of City Works Disney Springs ; the sixteenth property in our restaurant group , and our first restaurant in the Orlando area. The Disney Springs location opened the doors on Thursday, February 6th, 2020. The latest City Works is located in Disney Springs next to the NBA Experience, which provides an immersive look into the NBA that’s fun for the whole family.

Some Fresh Air Is Necessary to Jumpstart Restaurants Reopening

Modern Restaurant Management

Therefore, maximizing the ability to utilize outdoor space to increase seating capacity will be critical for restaurants during this period. That said, it can be expected that consumers will likely feel more comfortable if the restaurant has socially distanced outdoor seating option available. These are important issues for restaurants as they decide whether the investment into additional equipment for expanded outdoor seating is worthwhile.

Restaurants Surviving & Adapting in the Pandemic: China Moon


We didn’t have outdoor seating at that moment. Like so many other places, California has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. One in three restaurants in the state will close down due to the economic fallout, and 76 percent of operators report that they urgently need rent relief.

Table Management: 6 Strategies for a Smarter Restaurant


You should know the layout of your restaurant and determine how to seat people in an efficient manner. See how many people are seated at any given table. View the size of each open table so you can appropriately seat parties. You should know the layout of your restaurant and determine how to seat people in an efficient manner. See how many people are seated at any given table. View the size of each open table so you can appropriately seat parties.

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