Opening up a terrace adjacent to your cafe, bar, or restaurant is a great way to add value to your business while also offering an alternative environment by which to attract new clients. If this is something you’re thinking of doing, here are some top tips and advice you may do well to heed.
Get suitable furniture
Depending upon weather conditions this will effect the type of furniture and furnishings you’ll need. Obviously top of this list should be outdoor cafe furniture. It needs to be durable, reflect the image or style your trying to convey, but above all it needs to be comfortable. Next think about parasols to provide both shade and protection from the elements; and finally if it’s colder then look at patio heating or even blankets. Any awnings you have should also be resistant to climate related wear and tear. Remember your goal is to try and make the area as attractive as possible to clients.
Make your terrace a reflection of your establishment
When it comes to terrace seating, harmonious decoration is the key. It’s no point going all modern and funky outside, if your inside is rusticity personified. Customers simply won’t make the connection and it’s likely to only serve to confuse them even more. Consider window boxes, box hedging, planters, and folding screens to create the right ambience you’re looking for.
Try using notice boards to inform passers by of the delicious goodies on offer. Also don’t forget to put the name of your establishment on the top. This isn’t such a big deal when terraces are attached, but it’s more of an issue when a terrace area might be across the road or a shared outside space with other cafes, restaurants, or bistro’s. After all your customers want to know which restaurant is serving the delicious food right?
It makes service more difficult
While a terrace area can increase customer footfall, you might also want to think about the complexities and logistics of having to serve people out doors. How do you combat wobbly tables for example? How are you going to transport plates, crockery, cutlery, and glasses from your restaurant to the terrace? How are you going to make sure that people who sit outside get served quickly? Are you going to have a member of staff permanently waiting on outside tables? All these factors need to be taken into consideration.
Here at Cafe Solutions we can help you to create the perfect terrace with our wide range of commercial outdoor furniture. From modern chic to retro, from sleek to rustic, why not save yourself some money and shop with us. We invite you to check out our website further at www.cafesolutions.com.au or give us a call on 07 3205 1616 to see just how we can help.