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Choosing Restaurant Chairs: Ideas for 4 Types of Restaurants

Like foie gras at a burger drive-through, an out-of-place design choice can leave restaurant customers bewildered. Different restaurant concepts come with different expectations attached, and restaurant design and aesthetic is a vital aspect of defining a brand. We work closely with restaurant designers with their fingers on the pulse of today’s trends, and we’ve got insight to share about what restaurant chairs to look for in four types of restaurant: fast casual, casual dining, cafes, and food courts, and cafeterias.

How To Use A Communal Table In Your Restaurant

For almost a decade we’ve seen restaurants and chains invest heavily in their built environments, catering to a younger demographic and competing for sales (and loyalty) in a highly competitive marketplace. This year we predicted that as consumers, we’d see more non-traditional seating arrangements in restaurants across all categories of food spaces, think communal tables, varied heights, and intimate lounge settings, all in an effort to attract a more diverse audience. Reports show that consumers are demanding more variation than ever, and more importantly, they want social dining experiences. Which is one reason why modern day food halls like Workshop in Charleston have been popping up all over the country in recent years. One way restaurants can foster a more social experience is through the use of communal tables. While communal tables have been on everyone’s radar since early 2012 as an emerging QSR/FSR trend, it’s momentum doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

4 Restaurant Chairs That Are Anything But Traditional

Armchairs, benches, sofas: we’ve predicted that restaurant seating that falls outside of the norm will be a hot trend in 2018 as hip eateries look for new ways to embrace the unusual. Don’t get us wrong, dining chairs are anything but boring. They come in all shapes, sizes, and styles, but as commercial spaces increasingly morph into spaces that feel more like our homes, it makes sense for restaurants to embrace this trend. Plus, wouldn’t it be fun to consider seating that customers just won’t expect?

What to Look For in Quality Restaurant Chairs

In the midst of all the planning, budgeting, and general mania of opening or redesigning a restaurant, finding the perfect restaurant chairs for your space can be fun. It’s great to get creative with different styles and colors, but the look is just the half of it. Any chairs you choose need to deliver on both style and quality, and while one is easy to see at a glance, the other is not. Here are some key aspects of restaurant chair quality to keep an eye on during your search.

A Beach Inspired Restaurant Swimming In Color

Tapestry is a dual concept restaurant under one roof. Lead by a husband-and-wife duo, Megann War, and Kevin Walsh, this new restaurant located just steps away from Fenway Park, got its namesake for the symbolic way tapestries interweave stories, culture, and events, all in one space. The restaurant is direct representation of last name and last name culinary viewpoints, both deeply shaped by work and personal experiences. Alongside design firm, Dyer Brown, the couple infused their passion for travel into both designs (and menus).

Fascinating Restaurant Furniture And Designs From Around the World

One of the best parts of traveling is sampling new restaurants. Every city in every country has its own unique take on what a restaurant should provide - and we’re not just talking about food. We’ve hand-picked interesting restaurant furniture designs from the design-forward cities Melbourne, Stockholm, London, and Los Angeles. Let’s get inspired!

The Beginner's Guide: 8 Quick Tips for Planning Your Restaurant Furniture & Design

While the kitchen is a restaurant’s bread and butter, the dining room is the table setting. With the right plates and cutlery, bread and butter can be comforting and nourishing; with the wrong ones, it becomes a meager meal. When planning a new restaurant or redesigning an existing dining space, careful attention to the restaurant furniture and design from start to finish ensures that the front of the house reflects both the aesthetic concept and the functional needs of a business in motion.

5 Tips for Creating Beautiful & Functional Restaurant Furniture Layouts

There’s a strange phenomenon that occurs with restaurant layouts: when you’re eating somewhere with a great space, the furniture placement, decor, other patrons, and ambient noise of the kitchen all blend together into a comfortable environment where you can relax and enjoy a meal. But when it’s bad, you notice. With some careful attention to your restaurant furniture layout, it’s easy to avoid unpleasant situations for your customers. Here are some tips for creating a layout that works seamlessly:

4 Things to Consider Before Buying New Restaurant Furniture

Planning a new restaurant is a hectic process. With menus, staffing, inspections, suppliers, and more on your to-do list, it’s easy to lose track of everything that needs to be done. Even with all the logistics to work out, it’s critical to keep the design of the dining room in your mind - and your budget. The look of your space is one of the first impressions your restaurant makes on its customers, and combining good food with a great environment can turn the experience from satisfying to fantastic.

Introducing the Brooke Collection

If you’ve been searching for an affordable and modern wood seating collection with versatility, the wait is over. Meet our new Brooke Collection, the pare-down wood seating essential made for busy and beautiful dining spaces.

4 Restaurant Design Trends With Serious Staying Power

Design trends can seem to come and go like the wind, with modern elements making their way in, only to be viewed as a dated concept just a short while later. Because of this, finding a restaurant design style that can stand the test of time might seem like a daunting task. That’s why we rounded up four trends in furniture and design that will never get old.

A Grocery Store’s Saving Grace: The Groceraunt

There’s a lot of buzz happening in the world of groceraunts these days, specifically with Amazon’s most recent purchase of Whole Foods. With that acquisition, it’s clear grocers need to establish their relevance and importance to today’s savvy, time-sensitive shopper who can get almost anything delivered right to their doorstep. So, what’s a grocery store to do to increase sales and foot-traffic?

Our Top Picks for Fast Casual Restaurant Chairs

There are three ingredients for a successful fast casual restaurant: fresh food, transparent sourcing, and modern design. Consumers have come to expect this recipe, and not meeting expectations can mean closed doors. While we can’t speak to menus and messages, we can help you find the perfect fast casual furniture. The right furniture, specifically seating, can play a major role in defining the space and making the entire dining experience more enjoyable. So, to make it as easy as pie, we hand-picked our favorite chairs for fast casual restaurants.

Spotted: Family-Fun Served On a Bun

Hat Creek Burger began with a food truck and a guy with a fierce passion for good burgers. So, restaurant design was a bit of a new endeavor when developing the brick-and-mortar locations in the Austin, Texas, area. But one thing was for sure, this burger chain put a family-friendly atmosphere at the forefront to complement their simple, tasty menu of American classics.

5 Restaurants with Gorgeous Wood Seating

You know a delicious dining experience doesn’t just involve the cuisine, but also the ambiance that surrounds it. Today’s diners are coming to expect warm and modern atmospheres from all types of commercial dining spaces. Because of this, restaurant designers are finding ways to harmonize the menu and design using wood furniture.

International Menus & Modern Restaurant Designs

From Latin to Asian and a variety of African cuisines and beyond, the ability to deviate from the traditional American fare is now just a short mobile search away. Better yet, the designs of these restaurants are exciting— weaving in their culture through color, materials, and furniture.  

The Art of Subtle Branding in Restaurant Design

When you walk into a restaurant, you may see it - branding elements at virtually every level. Whether it’s an garishly large logo or a picture montage of the founder, some stores never want you to forget where you are. While in-your-face signage and messaging can improve brand recognition, it can add a jarring element to the design and experience. Often, the best kind of restaurant design and branding is subtle, revealing more about the brand's story with each new visit. 

3 Trends to Try in Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor restaurants are not only a great place to refresh with a cool drink, but they also provide a relaxing new retreat for taking in the sights and sounds of the warm summer season. This year, many restaurant patios are looking a little different thanks to transformations that encourage the patrons to stay (and sip) a little longer. Here are some of the leading trends in outdoor furniture.

Need Furniture Fast? That’s No Problem With Quick Ship

Putting together a new space requires a lot of planning, and it’s easy to get behind. Luckily, there’s no need to worry. You can still get amazing modern restaurant furniture in some of our most popular styles, even if you run out of time to order.

Modern Restaurant Designs: The New Taqueria

When someone asks you to describe a Mexican restaurant, you might think of design elements like sombreros or pinatas or primary colors. However, over the last few years, we’ve seen an evolution in taqueria and Mexican restaurant design with restaurants focusing on non-traditional color schemes. Here are a few of the taquerias leading the way in design.

Introducing the Latest in Restaurant Seating: The New Slim Sadie

If you’re hunting for a restaurant seating option that encapsulates durability and playfulness, Joey Ruiter’s latest design for our Sadie Collection is one you won’t want to miss. Our Sadie II takes everything you loved from the original Sadie (design, originality, mixed materials), and offers slimmer proportions. Sadie II’s new svelte silhouette perfectly meets the needs of a busy restaurant, while still offering the modern simplicity you crave.

Restaurant Design Makeover: Food Courts

You may already have experienced the new style of food courts, but didn’t recognize it at the first glance. That’s because it’s masked in unique decor, delectable dishes, and visual interest like never before. Gone are the days of the stiff, white trays and servers in hair nets—a new day has dawned in the cafeteria and food court world, and it’s known as a food hall.

Wood Goods: Our Favorite Wood Chairs Right Now

Nothing beats the smooth finish of a classic wood restaurant chair when you want a timeless look. And nothing beats the durability and elegance of beech, oak, or walnut when you want class sans the stuffiness.

The People of GR Chair: Rhoda Nielsen

Rhoda Nielsen normally starts her day around two in the morning. As a zone leader in the upholstery section of the Grand Rapids Chair Company plant floor, she not only arrives an hour before the rest of her team, but faces a 45-minute drive to work everyday.

4 Reasons Residential Furniture Fails in Commercial Spaces

Dangerous furniture is lurking in restaurants all around the world.

Perfect Pairings for Fine Dining

Fine dining is all about the details.

Microsoft’s Newest Corporate Cafe

When Microsoft decided to redesign their employee cafeteria, Cafe 36,

This Spring, Bring Your Inside Style, Outside

It’s the time of year that all restaurant-goers (at least those in the Midwest) eagerly anticipate

Everything You Need to Know About Our Tables, In One Post

You may have noticed in our recent posts that we’ve talked a lot about restaurant dining tables. We’ve covered everything from how to care for wood tables to some fun facts about our processes. It was a lot of table information. We thought we would recap some of our most helpful and interesting table posts.

Perfect Pairings: Table Chair Combos for All Heights

The right table height in a restaurant can mean the difference between a comfortable dining experience and scooching your way through a meal. But having the right table height also means having the right chair.

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