Most people will agree there’s no better way to enjoy the warm weather than dining outside. Us Aussies are known for our love of the great outdoors. Setting up an outdoor dining area for your café whether it’s pavements side, on a roof top, or just a small back deck, can bring in hundreds of extra dollars for your café. Extra table and chairs set outdoors mean that you don’t have to try and create additional space indoors.
A welcoming outdoor space advertises your café or bar. It helps to lure customers who may not even be contemplating stopping for a drink or bite to eat until they see countless other customers sitting outside having a good time.
When it comes to patio furniture there’s so much to choose from nowadays; from simple polypropylene chairs to lightweight metal tables and chairs, to outdoors sofas and armchairs. There are a wide range of choices and prices, so even on a small budget you should be able to create an inviting outdoor dining area.
We’ve put together a few tips to get you started:
Give it a good clean
Whether it’s following the winter or it’s just a space that’s been neglected, you’ll need to give it a really good clean. If the surface is uneven or crumbling, then you’ll probably need to look at resurfacing it or laying down some tiles. When choosing your cafe furniture, be sure to look at the specifications to check that it is indeed suitable for outdoor use, as this is designed specially to withstand the elements and is usually waterproof and UVA treated, to prevent fading.
Get smart with your seating
Naturally you want to utilise as many tables and chairs as possible, but make sure your kitchen can cope with the additional work, that you have a member of staff geared towards serving people outdoors, so they’re not kept waiting for ages. Also make sure that your customers aren’t crammed in and feeling uncomfortable. There needs to be sufficient space in between the tables so that customers can pull out a chair to sit down on and so staff can move freely from one table to another.
Think about what type of customers you’re likely to attract. If it’s mainly younger people, then consider some outdoor sofas and coffee tables for social interaction.
Don’t forget shade
Ensure your dining space is covered with a canopy or that you have large parasols over all the tables to provide necessary shade. While some people might like to sit and bake in the sun, the majority of people prefer to dine in the shade. If you have sufficient left in your budget, it might be worth considering investing in a retractable awning that can be adjusted as the sun moves around during the day.
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