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The weirdest and wackiest restaurants from around the globe

All restaurants are individual in their own way and most restaurants have a unique selling point, be it their food style or presentation, their interior décor or drinks they serve. This blog aims to explore some of the weirdest and wackiest restaurants from around the globe.

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How to attract 4 types of cafe customer

If you own and run a café, you will undoubtedly have encountered a million different types of customers from many walks of life, cultures, countries and professions. So how do you go about targeting the right customers and making sure that they come back time and time again to ensure your coffee shop is a thriving hub? This blog aims to uncover our four top types of customer as well as giving some hints and tips on how you could go about making sure they become regulars……from your menu and service to your café furniture and décor.

Families
I spent a lot of time in my local café on maternity leave. It was the perfect venue to escape to, be it with friends, or on my own. Sometimes, all you need is to venture out to your much-loved café or coffee shop to treat yourself to your favourite coffee, meet with friends for a catch-up or take the kids for a slice of cake. For me, it was a safe retreat where I knew I would get great service and I could escape the same four walls of home. Kids also love a ‘special treat’ and this is one which won’t break the bank.

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How does comfortable contract furniture affect the dining experience?

Nowadays, all manner of commercial settings are available for potential customers to frequent, ranging from pubs and bars to cafes, coffee shops, hotels and restaurants. The offering within all of these venues is somewhat different, however, creating a memorable experience (for all the right reasons) depends on a variety of factors, including food, ambiance, décor and comfortable contract furniture.  

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Why you should use upcycled and reclaimed pub furniture for a unique venue

If you’re looking to rejuvenate your pub but just don’t have an extravagant budget to spend on extravagant décor and new furniture, it’s worth taking a look at upcycling your existing furniture as well as reclaimed pub furniture. Of course, there are also many styles of pub furniture you can buy which emulate this concept and actually, these don’t need to cost the earth.

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Top tips to maximise your table turnover

In the 'causal dining' restaurant industry, table turnover rate is tricky to master, in so far as you want to seat as many parties as possible per meal service - In fact, the aim is to turn each table around every hour and a half. However, what you don't want is to compromise your service or make your customers feel rushed but equally, you don't want diners staying for longer than expected as this can negatively affect the flow-rate and have a knock-on affect to your bottom line. 

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Why the iconic 50's American Diner continues to inspire restaurant design

Retro isn’t simply retro, especially in the context of restaurant design and restaurant furniture…..Retro is modern, it’s in and it’s set to be in for the foreseeable future. This blog explores how the iconic 50s American diner continues to inspire restaurant design. Decor trends come and go relatively quickly in the restaurant industry as peoples’ tastes change, but it appears elements of this style have far greater sticking power than others.

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A cafe or a co-working space?

An incredible 63% of UK employees work flexibly and so gone are the days of working the standard 9 – 5. Employers have smartened up to the fact that flexible working is all about work/life balance and by offering alternative solutions to their employees hours and location they can, in fact, get a great deal more from their workforce than they do from the typical 9-5 rigid office routine. At the end of the day, if an employee feels respected and worthy and able to manage their home life as well as their work life, then a balance is maintained and they are more than likely to be more motivated and empowered, meaning they are more productive within their roles.

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Increase the productivity of your employees by improving their lunch breaks

Would you believe that nowadays supposedly only one in five employees takes a proper lunch break? Quite an astounding statistic isn’t it when you think of all the benefits of taking a decent break in the middle of the day. So what actually makes a good lunch break and as an employer what can you do to enhance this time? The following blog aims to discuss how you can help your employees recharge their batteries, from comfortable commercial furniture in your staff restaurant, to healthy foods and exercise!

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Top tips to improve the sustainability of your restaurant

There’s mounting pressure on all businesses to improve their sustainability. Whether that’s an office-based entity using less print, a cafe sourcing ingredients locally or an eatery using 100% recycled restaurant furniture, the fact is, sustainability should now be a top priority. Thirty years ago these considerations just weren’t a big issue, whereas now, the way a restauranter, hotelier, café owner etc. operates their business is under real scrutiny. But how exactly can you improve the sustainability of your restaurant? Read on for our hints and tips….

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A week in the life of a cafe owner

I recently had the privilege of sitting down with the owner of one of my local venues, Danny’s cafe to learn what running a successful café entails. And let me tell you, I was exhausted just hearing about his busy work schedule – I hadn’t realised the dedication and commitment needed and the different hats required to run such a business, day in and day out. So this blog aims to discuss all the different elements incorporated to ensure customers get fed, employees paid and café furniture scrubbed to make sure customers return week on week.

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