Restaurant diners may choose to sit outside if the environment is comfortable, inviting and protected from sun or potential rain. Serving patrons in an outdoor area offers an opportunity for increased revenue. Not only does the additional space make room for more income potential, but when the dining atmosphere is visible to others, there is a built-in opportunity for other folks to be enticed to try it out for themselves.
Of course, the outdoor environment has to set the tone for a pleasant dining experience. Your outside seating area would not be complete without an awning or canopy to cover your diners if you plan to serve satisfied customers. Awnings and canopies are the best solution for diners to enjoy their meal in the fresh air while providing shelter from the sun or rain. Stationary awnings will provide year-round protection, while retractable awnings are more ideal for seasonal dining because they can be deployed in a matter of minutes. Additionally, awnings provide a clean, finished look and an opportunity to showcase the restaurant name.
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You know that when presented with the option, restaurant diners prefer to enjoy their experience outdoors if the environment is comfortable, inviting, protected from sun, wind or potential rain, and generally pleasant. Serving patrons in your outdoor area offers you as a restaurant owner or operator an opportunity to increase your revenue because you are not limited to just your indoor serving capacity.
Not only does the additional serving space increase the income potential for your restaurant, but when the outdoor dining atmosphere is visible to others, there is a "me too" effect that entices others to try dining "al fresco" for themselves. Of course, to make all this happen, your outdoor environment has to set the tone for a pleasant dining experience.
In designing your outside seating area, some form of overhead protection solution is needed. And there is no less expensive overhead protection solution for you and your diners on a per square foot basis than a fabric awning or canopy. Well designed and installed awnings and canopies allow diners to enjoy their meal in the fresh air while providing shelter from the sun or rain. Certain designs can provide year-round protection against snow in addition to sun, wind and rain.
Retractable awnings are ideal for seasonal dining because they can be deployed "on demand" in a matter of just seconds. And new, contemporary Pergola Systems offer the best of both worlds: on demand deployment AND sturdy, ground supported weather protection. Awnings provide a clean, finished look both inside and out, with ceiling liner options and other interior treatments available, in addition to providing space to showcase the restaurant name to all those passing by who wish they were eating there!
Now that you agree that awnings and canopies are essential to your restaurant’s outdoor eating space, the hard part will be deciding on a fabric color or pattern…Humphrys has literally hundreds of choices from high end brands like Sunbrella.