In today’s world, outdoor dining at a restaurant is more than just a pleasant experience, it is becoming necessary as safety regulations force diners to eat outside or stay home. People still want the restaurant experience, they still want to go on dates, they want to sit down to a meal they did not have to cook, or clean up after. So, how do you create an outdoor dining experience that attracts people that are looking for an atmosphere where they can feel a sense of normalcy, something special to brighten their world? What is going to set your establishment apart so a potential patron will choose it over all the other options? You need a defined space that is welcoming and pleasant in which to spend time. Fences and gates make a well defined area but are not always attractive, in and of themselves. You can have the fanciest wrought iron fencing with lights on it but it doesn’t create a welcoming atmosphere, nor does it provide privacy while creating an intimate setting, a key ingredient to any enjoyable diner with family or friends. So how do you create an inviting barrier? That sounds like an oxymoron but it is achievable, and planters are the answer.
Planters on wheels allow you to create custom seating with the flexibility to adjust as needed as you learn how to maximize the benefit to your specific area with different seating arrangements. You can use a mixture of planters: smaller cubes create walkways, larger rectangular planters around the perimeter provide separation from the outside, you can even add lattice work and climbing vines to compliment the view, then medium sized planters, potentially on wheels, to create sections within your seating area will politely and pleasantly promote appropriate distancing between tables. Plant flowers and herbs to lightly perfume the air, and add lights to the planters for a soft evening ambiance. You can even grow something you use in your menu, it adds a personal touch when you tell a customer that the fresh herbs, tomatoes, or peppers in their meal came from the very garden they are dining in.
If this sounds like a plan you are interested in, how do you get started? Make an outline of the area you have available, be sure of how much space you have, then you can start with a drawing; graph paper makes it easy to work to scale. Once you get a good first idea on paper, lay it out in the area. Use painters tape or cardboard boxes and map out your idea in order to find the flaws. See if your servers have enough room to move between the planters with full trays? Does each area give enough room to the diners within to feel comfortable and open without wasting space so you can seat as many as possible? When you have a final plan of what you need, contact a manufacturer that is able to make Custom Planter Boxes for you to perfectly fit your area. When your planters arrive get creative with what you plant and see how it attracts your customers. Always remember that one of the strengths of this option is that it is flexible, so, when you see ways in which you can rearrange to better suit your business make your adjustments and enjoy the growth in your business.