Communal seating has been a popular option in fast food chains for some time simply because they’re a great way to maximise floor space, but more recently this trend has moved over to wider dining experiences.
For restaurants and cafes that attract a younger clientele, non-traditional seating arrangements are becoming more common. Indeed, with so much competition cafes and restaurants are having to think outside of the box in order to create spaces which appeal to a younger generation. With communal tables creating the kind of social atmosphere that youngsters enjoy when eating out, it’s more common to see this piece of furniture, but why exactly do cafes and restaurants like using them?
Offers more variety
Communal tables offer diners variety. For instance, a communal table can be the choice of a sole diner or small groups as well as providing a private table for a large group. Instead of staff having to push tables together which is a right pain and typically offers a bit of a mismatch solution, communal tables offer an instant time-saving solution.
We’re not suggesting that you fill your cafe or restaurant with communal tables. Instead, a good option is to have one or two communal tables surrounded by tables for 2 or 4 people. This way your customers have options and can always reserve a table in advance if they want more privacy.
Even better, a cafe or restaurant that uses communal tables can cater for more people than a venue using just traditional seating styles. If space is a problem, especially during a busy lunch service, then communal tables could be a solution.
By placing customers on communal tables 2 and 4 person tables can be freed up. Without this option, there is no option but to offer a solo diner a private table which then means the other seats at his or her table remain out of use for a period of time.
Communal tables can increase the revenue of a busy cafe or restaurant by maximising the space that’s available.
Millennials love ’em
When used in the right way communal tables can totally change the dynamics of your cafe or restaurant. They can create a social buzz which attracts millennials and lets them enjoy a snack, chat with their peers, and longer without feeling they need to rush their food and dash off.
Communal tables do all of this by making it possible for groups to dine together and share their experience with other people looking to do the same thing. They take away the stigma often associated with ‘tables for one’ and replaces it with a community feel and a sense of belonging.
At Cafe Chairs Melbourne we offer a choice of 2 stylish timber communal tables and a wealth of chairs that are suitable for use with them. Why not browse our online store or visit our showroom to view them for yourself.