Whether you live in warm weather all year or you are looking to take advantage of the spring and summer sunshine, consider transforming your unused or winter-themed outdoor space into a profitable patio space. Outdoor dining areas can range from simple sidewalks to lavish bars by the pool. To make the most of the incredible weather, revamp your current outdoor dining situation to provide guests with outdoor dining options. Take into account some of the following restaurant patio ideas and considerations to help transform your space into a profitable addition to your restaurant or café. Read on to learn more!
Check the Restaurant Patio Regulations and Laws
Before you start designing the patio of your dreams, it is imperative you take into consideration any local, state, and federal regulations regarding patios at any bars or restaurants. Since permits and guidelines could depend on county or state, make sure to get in touch with your local township to learn which permits you have to receive before you start service. There are some regulatory issues to learn about while opening your patio. These include:
- Can you make the outdoor patio dog-friendly?
- Is smoking not allowed?
- Can you serve alcohol or provide guests with BYOB service?
- Which permits do you need to add plumbing and electricity to the outdoor patio?
- What are the noise ordinances in the area?
Designing the Patio Layout
Before you design the patio and purchase furniture, you will have to account for how you wish to use the space. The restaurant patio could be strictly for dining and seating, or you could get creative with additions designed to make an inviting and interactive space. Consider transforming part of the patio into a comfortable lounge with couches or fire pits. If you are looking to offer live entertainment, consider designating a space for karaoke, house bands, or DJs. While adding atmospheric elements to the restaurant patio reduces the amount of people you can seat, it does create a memorable experience so guests will want to visit. A smaller seating section also creates a feeling of exclusivity. Consider adding a full-service bar outdoors along with some tables to serve your popular dishes too.
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