Caring for Wood Tables

Wood tables are an easy and durable choice for just about any restaurant setting. The versatile material can fit in any dining application. Depending on the finish, wood tables work beautifully in everything from fast casual to fine dining.

An Influencer's Take Pt. 2 With Didier Young

As a city enthusiastically trying to break free of it’s reputation as the birthplace of Tim Horton’s (actually from Hamilton, Ontario), Toronto is a true melting pot of cuisine. Where the absence of “authentic Canadian cuisine” has led to a very creative, innovative culture where chef’s can experiment and grow.

Which Table Is Right For you?

There are many decisions that accompany the redesign or opening of a restaurant. One of those decisions is what type of dining tables you will use in your restaurant to maximize your space and set the right design tone.

Now Trending: Solid Wood Tables With A Twist

Reclaimed wood has been trending in restaurants large and small for nearly a decade. What was once an amazing branding story, has started to cross over into that overused realm of design. It seems to have lost that depth that once defined it.

4 Questions to Ask Your Restaurant Furniture Manufacturer

Furniture is the centerpiece of today’s restaurants. While food remains the focus, the furniture is going to help create the identity of the space. And before that furniture appears in your dining area, it’s produced by a restaurant furniture manufacturer like us.

How to Use Hand-Crafted Materials in Restaurant Design

When you're designing a restaurant, the term "hand-crafted" is a common phrase. While it may sound good, what does "hand-crafted" actually mean in regards to construction and longevity of restaurant furniture? And what can you do to incorporate these quality products into your design themes without busting your budget?

Restaurant Design Ideas: Natural vs. Synthetic Fabrics

When designing a restaurant, there are thousands of decisions to make, one of them being whether you should use natural or synthetic fabrics to make your design ideas come to life. Making the right selection between these two material types is an important decision based on a number of needs and factors of the restaurant.

Restaurant Design Trends of 2017

Welcome to 2017! As we embrace the New Year, we like to take some time to look ahead at what trends are on the horizon in restaurant design. Here are some of the best trends we’re already embracing for 2017.

3 Tips for Pairing Restaurant Tables and Chairs

Picture your favorite sandwich. It has just the right combination of fresh bread with your favorite deli meats, topped with all your favorite fixin’s like crisp lettuce and ripe tomato. When you bite into it, the combination of ingredients makes your heart leap with joy until the very last bite.

Restaurant Table Purchasing Mistakes to Avoid

A table’s just a table, right? It’s the tool that provides a stable and comfortable environment for your restaurant guests, and as long as it performs that basic function all is well, correct? Well, not exactly.

Memorable Restaurant Design Throughout the Years

From those classic diners of the 50s to the bold and vibrant restaurants of the 80s, restaurant design has changed tremendously over the last 75 years. And while today we see more modern and simplistic design elements, we still like to occasionally reminisce about some of the restaurant designs we once loved. Let’s take a look at a few of our favorites: 

What Makes a Restaurant Insta-Worthy? An Influencer's Take

You know those perfectly curated Instagram feeds? The ones with impeccably plated food and superbly attractive scenery? The ones where everyday life seems so impossibly elevated?

It's Not Easy Being Green: A Look At Pantone's Color Of The Year

With Pantone’s recent “Color of the Year” announcement, Greenery (15-0343 TCX),  we wanted to take a moment to celebrate a few restaurants that have built their visual identity on this year’s selection.

Spotted: A Multi-Level Bar with a Steampunk Edge

Similar to our last featured restaurant, PAve Bar of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a multi-level restaurant and bar that features three different spaces. The concept is simple; each floor provides a unique experience, from decor to tap list.

In the Hot Seat: 5 Questions with Dean Jeffery

After a successful year working with some high-profile chains (Chipotle, Wendy’s, and Freshii to name a few), Grand Rapids Chair is primed and ready for even more heavyweight collaborations in 2017. Speaking with Dean Jeffery, director of marketing and new product development, we learned that Grand Rapids Chair’s success and partnerships can be credited to pushing design and durability in a fresh, new direction.

5 Awesome Restaurant Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow Immediately

Creating a cult following for your restaurant on Instagram is almost a necessity these days to survive and thrive. Making your space the next big sensation requires a lot more than luck. It really comes down to a three key concepts to follow: great branding, a consistent voice, and finally, a unique interior.

Design or Durability? Why Not Choose Both?

Design or durability. Do you have to choose between one or the other? Absolutely not, and you shouldn’t. It's easy to experience the benefits of both by working with a quality furniture provider and remaining flexible to your design plans.

5 Tips to Modernize Your University Cafeteria

Dining halls and cafeterias on campuses today are more akin to marketplaces and mini-restaurants than the sterile spaces of yesteryear. Aside from totally redesigning the menu to feature healthier, sustainably sourced ingredients, the campus cafe is quickly becoming a destination dining experience with more food options and an ambiance to match.

In the Hot Seat: 7 Questions with President Geoff Miller

We sat down with Geoff Miller, president of Grand Rapids Chair Company, to find out what makes this company so great! 

Base Maintenance Tips for Your Restaurant Tables

We all know no one likes having a wobbly table, but how can you prevent it from becoming that way? A great deal of maintaining the life of your commercial furniture comes with proper maintenance, right down to the bases.

The Hunger Games: Restaurants vs. Grocery stores

Grocery stores fight for survival as the restaurant industry captures more of American’s spending than food retails for the first time in recorded history.

Meet Tilly: Our New, Modern Wood Seating Collection

Created by Austrian designer, Robert Stadler, Tilly is a comfortable, modern bistro chair that borrows form and language from the classic Bentwood No. 14 chair, which has been a cafe and restaurant staple since it’s debut in 1859.

Chair U: Our Favorite Higher Ed Installations

It’s no secret that higher education dining spaces need durable furniture. With some cafeterias and student unions operating 24/7, the term “high-use” is an understatement.

Foundry & Lux, A Casual Yet Chic Restaurant Complex

San Francisco's food scene is a dynamic celebration of cultlure, innovation, and comfort-foods. Foundry & Lux is no exception to the list of great places to grab a quick bite to eat in the area and maybe make a new connection.

Picking the Right Restaurant Furniture for Your Concept

When starting on a new restaurant design, there’s a seemingly endless list of things to evaluate, and one of the first items on that lengthy list usually includes identifying what type of concept to embrace throughout the space.

Unique Brands Deserve a Unique Interior

Successful brands have one thing in common: a strong brand identity, because at the end of the day, a burger is just a burger and a pizza is just another pizza. When trying to build a strong brand culture that will propel your restaurant to the next level, create a powerful customer experience that will stand out and empower your customers to live, breathe, and eat your brand’s culture. 

Restaurant Design Ideas: How to Do Rustic Without Dating Your Restaurant

One of the restaurant design ideas many owners are gravitating to is described as the "rustic-industrial" space. These designs carefully combine elements that create an updated and finished space while strategically incorporating modern elements like silver or shiny finishes and mechanical-type elements. Rustic elements include things like wood and old factory-feeling pieces.

No One Likes a Wobbly Table! The Importance of Restaurant Furniture Construction

We’ve all been there; a high-top table just opened up around the bar area, and you’re jumping right into it. But much to your frustration, the table is wobbling back and forth causing an annoying distraction during your well-deserved happy hour.

Spotted: An elegant take on a brewpub

Being from Beer City U.S.A., we have a penchant for breweries. We’re excited to have our Sadie restaurant chairs featured in the newest brewpub to stake its claim in our hometown. Enter The Knickerbocker Brewpub & Distillery.

Striking the Right Balance With Restaurant Furniture Planning

When opening a new restaurant, the potential seating layouts available might seem endless, with each option looking better than the last possible combination.