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How to Create a Profitable Restaurant Patio Space
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How to Create a Profitable Restaurant Patio Space
Looking for ways to create a profitable patio space for your restaurant? Contact Suncoast Furniture at 239-267-8300.

Outdoor dining has become an integral element of a profitable restaurant. As the restrictions on coronavirus quarantine are loosening and restaurants are returning to normalcy, the public is looking forward to outdoor dining more than ever.


Now is the time to invest in a restaurant patio. All it takes is the right outdoor furniture, a solid budget and an outdoor patio design. 



1. Check Restaurant Patio Laws and Regulations

Consider local restaurant patio laws and regulations. Each state or country has unique local, state or federal regulations. Check for required permits and guidelines regarding restaurants or bar patios.

  • Are there additional permits required for electricity and plumbing on an outdoor patio?
  • Are there noise ordinances in the area?
  • Is serving alcohol allowed or is offering BYOB service permitted?
  • Is smoking allowed?
  • What are the rules regarding pet-friendly outdoor patio?


2. Utilize Outdoor Dining Operations During Coronavirus Limitations

Whether planning to re-open or begin an exclusively outdoor restaurant after the coronavirus, check outdoor dining rules with local officials before designing an outdoor patio.


Certain COVID-19 safety rules could include:

  • 6 feet of distance between tables
  • Installed floor direction signs for bathrooms and hand-wash stations 
  • Newly implemented sanitary and safety measures to maintain patio cleanliness
  • PPE supplies for all staff
  • Sanitization of each table between customers after use
  • Use of disposables and paper menus


3. Get Covered

Place shades and shelter over outdoor restaurant patios. Whether on a hot summer day or during a passing rain shower, shade options ensure customers stay dry and comfortable while dining outside. Shade and shelter options include:

  • Gazebos
  • Patio covers
  • Patio umbrellas
  • Pergolas
  • Retractable Canopies and Awnings
  • Super-large Umbrellas

    4. Pre-Plan the Layout

    Envision an ideal patio and pre-plan its layout. Determine a desired ambiance and begin designing. 

    • Interactive atmosphere fit for live entertainment
    • Picnic tables for casual fare
    • Romantic lounge with couches and fire pits for a more intimate feel
    • and more!


    5. Create a Full-Service Patio Bar

    Outdoor bars attract customers. A full-service bar can bring in high profits, especially on warm summer nights.


    6. Implement Inviting Fabrics and Frames

    Get creative by incorporating inviting fabrics. Colorfully designed frames and fabrics add warmth and coziness to outdoor dining areas. From classically designed rugs to rustic tablecloths, experiment with the many options.    




    7. Be Prepared for Inclement Weather

    While outdoor patios depend on the weather, there are ways to promote business operation when the forecast is not ideal.

    • Install fans from above to maintain air flow.
    • Position deck covers, shades and foldable umbrellas. 
    • Prepare an evacuation plan for unpredictable and extreme weather. 
    • Store heaters nearby.
    • Store waterproof covers nearby in case of rain and ice to prevent damage from water and moisture.


    8. Prevent Pests from Invading

    Pests are harmful and damaging to both indoor and outdoor restaurant settings.

    • Diligently implement a spilled drinks cleaning routine.
    • Have a bug spray ready for flies, mosquitoes, bees or wasps.
    • Immediately clear uneaten food and sweep floors for fallen debris.
    • Store fresh fruits in containers and keep juices secured.
    • In a worst-case scenario, call a professional pest control if problems persist.


    9. Select the Right Patio Furniture

    Choose patio furniture that delivers functionality, desired aesthetics and comfort. 

    • Are metal chairs and seat cushions in line with the charming and romantic setup? 
    • Would rustic wooden picnic benches and tables balance with the lighting and decors?




    10. Additional Tips

    • After closing, store furniture cushions to keep them dry and secure.
    • At night, illuminate stringed lights or lighted signage.
    • Create private patio spaces with planters, dividers or portable fences.
    • Use colored flowers, canopies and attention-grabbing decor to attract customers.

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    Our outdoor patio furniture is handcrafted in the U.S.A. utilizing the finest materials, latest manufacturing techniques and most skilled craftsmanship. We offer an extensive range of outdoor furniture to suit every need, taste, budget and lifestyle.

    To discover more, call Suncoast Furniture at 239-267-8300 or visit our website.

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