As the weather begins to get colder, and the window for comfortably dining outside begins to close, it’s essential to come up with some restaurant patio ideas that will keep guests warm, entertained, and coming back throughout the winter.
Now more than ever, restaurants, cafes, diners, and other eateries are actively seeking ways to make their outdoor patio comfortable for winter dining. And it’s quite possible with durable outdoor furniture and a comforting atmosphere. Making the most of your outdoor patio this year can seem a bit overwhelming, so we’ve gathered a list of tips and ideas to get you started:
- It starts with finding the best restaurant tables and chairs
Your choice of restaurant tables and chairs can really set the scene for your outdoor dining experience—from designer aluminum and wrought iron outdoor chairs to outdoor and commercial bar stools, browse our exclusive variety of all-weather outdoor restaurant patio chairs with a wide selection of finishes and colors.
- Warm up your patio
Depending on where you’re located, temperatures can drop very low, and it’s important that you have a plan in place. Patio, standing, and even wall-mounted heaters are the perfect way to keep your space warm. And if you have the room and the budget, an outdoor fireplace can really help to create a welcoming atmosphere, and vinyl curtains can help your patio retain heat.
- Create a fun ambiance
When it comes to deciding on outdoor cafe furniture, why not provide an area where guests can gather and relax? Lounge-style patio furniture with pillows, blankets, and cushions might be just the unique edge your place needs.
- The right lighting and music is key
Developing a unique feel starts with music and lighting. Live music or entertainment is an ideal way to encourage people to dine, and if that isn’t an option, make sure to invest in surround sound speakers so you can play some background tunes. Lighting will really set the mood of your patio space—from string lights to low mood lighting, try to encourage your guests to enjoy the sights.
- Special menus go a long way
Creating unique cocktails, like hot drinks and apple ciders is a great way to welcome guests. From happy hour menus to special appetizers, deals, and desserts, tailor the experience and make it your own.
There’s no need to pack up your patio this year, you just need to find quality furniture that’s built to withstand cold weather. While it may be a challenge for some, transforming your outdoor space into a winter dining destination can be easy with the right choices and guidance. From establishing what makes your restaurant unique with special menus, lighting and music, to creating an ambiance that encourages your guests to sit back and stay a while, we hope these tips have helped inspire you to establish a plan for this winter.
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Whether you’re on the market for tables, chairs, or bar stools, we encourage you to browse our high-quality selection at Bistro Tables & Bases—a leader among commercial outdoor furniture manufacturers. Having worked in the industry for 16 years, we understand the demands of restaurant life. Visit our website to place an order and get in touch with us today with any questions you may have.