Whether you love it or hate it, it seems that the use of communal tables in cafes and other eateries is here to stay. The large tables that seat several groups of people in one sitting have steadily become more popular and can be found in several chain and independent dining venues. We’re put together a few of the pros and cons to help you decide whether communal tables are right for your café or restaurant.
Benefits of communal tables
The major benefit of communal tables for any café or restaurant owner is that they increase the number of seats and high turnaround – particularly in venues where space is limited. Not only do communal tables increase the number of covers you can accommodate but they also save the extra space that is normally found between tables.
Furthermore, add to this the fact that it does away with the hassle of pushing tables together and moving your furniture around to accommodate larger parties, and communal tables seem like a no-brainer.
There is also a social element that younger diners enjoy, particularly millennials who enjoy socialising, grazing, and lingering. They also provide a pleasing solution for solo diners not wishing to be sat alone on a table clearly intended for two or more people.
Cons of communal tables
Communal tables aren’t suitable for every eatery and they’re not always the best choice from a practical or personal perspective.
If your café attracts a large number of families with young children, then communal tales can be a good idea – although the safety of the seating and the height of the tables will have to be considered. Other diners may not want to sit with family groups, so it’s always a good idea to have a selection of smaller tables and chairs. Furthermore, people holding business meetings, on a ‘date’, or just not fans of eating in close proximity with strangers, may also not appreciate a communal dining space.
If you do decide to try out communal dining, then we highly recommend that you also provide alternative seating arrangements. Perhaps you could line up a communal table alongside a blank wall and group standard café tables around it or zone the area in some way to provide 2 distinct seating alternatives.
Whatever you decide, at Café Chairs Melbourne, we have a variety of high-quality communal tables for you to choose from as well tables of other sizes.
Why not explore our online store or visit our showroom in Melbourne to take a closer look at our café and restaurant furniture.