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5 Ways to Increase Restaurant Seating

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5 Ways to Increase Restaurant Seating

Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse  Oakland, CA

Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse  Oakland, CA

1. COMMUNAL TABLE

Communal tables are a popular and efficient dining solution.  On a budget? Group tables together to form one large communal table.  To enhance the effect - place the tables in a focal area like the chef's table at Galeto Brazilian Grill above.

Girl and Goat by 555 International

Girl and Goat by 555 International

2. BANQUETTE

Create intimacy and increase capacity with banquette or booth seating.  Not only will you seat more guests, they will also spend more.  According to a Cornell study, customers in booths spent 45% more on average than those at tables. To save on cost, manufacturers like International Upholstery provide banquettes in standard or custom sizes.

Lee's Sandwiches  Dublin, CA

Lee's Sandwiches  Dublin, CA

3. DINING COUNTER

Make use of extra wall or storefront space with a dining counter.  Counters encourage socializing and are comfortable for working or eating alone.  Former San Francisco mayor, Willie Brown, shares his favorite counter dining spots in this article

Bambino Restaurant by Aidlin Darling Design

Bambino Restaurant by Aidlin Darling Design

4. RECTANGULAR TWO-TOP

Not as sexy as the others but the two-top table is the most flexible seating option. An entire restaurant can be designed using only two-tops and accommodate groups of any size.  Tip: Always have extra two-tops on hand just in case.

Battery Wharf Hotel   Boston, MA

Battery Wharf Hotel   Boston, MA

5.  OUTDOOR SEATING

Take advantage of outdoor space and increase seating capacity.  On a nice day, guests will wait for a patio spot giving you an edge over competitors.  Worried about the weather?  Heat lamps placed strategically increase the amount of time you can use the outdoor space.

Remember: The ideal furniture layout adapts to best accommodate your guests and enhances your design concept.  Questions or need help designing a layout?  Email us – we are happy to help.

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