As the weather warms up one of the most common elements a restaurant can add, is an outdoor dining area. These vary from small, two to three table porches through fifty plus people patios. As with everything else, this area is highly customizable. Below are some things to think about prior to breaking ground on your new outdoor addition.
Firstly is how much room you have available, a back parking lot that is never used for example could hold a lovely patio. Once you pick a spot that seems likely, think about the path from the kitchen to there, if there is a feasible path, it is time to choose the type of setting you will have.
If the building is off the ground you may want a porch type eating are, these verandas vary in size from less than 30 square feet to well over 800 square feet. Usually these are made of pressure treated wood. The choice of wood really does not make a difference, but be sure you choose something element treated and if you paint or stain because to consider fading due to UV radiation.
Buildings level with the ground should opt for a patio; these are typically brick or concrete. Much like verandas, the size is highly proportionate to the space you own. Be sure you use a reputable mason for this as there is nothing worse than a freshly poured concrete slab getting a huge ugly crack because the mason did not use proper drainage.
No matter which style you pick it is best to enclose the area with anything from a white picket fence to a low wrought iron garden fence. The purpose of this is to separate the area from whatever neighbors, or parking lot you may have. Be sure your restaurant tables have shade; invest in either umbrellas, or an awning for the outdoor area. No one wants to get sunburn while eating lunch. Bugs are another common problem. Citronella candles on each table can help alleviate this problem, as can certain sprays.
Outdoor areas need quality restaurant furniture as well, something heavier if you are in a windy area as well as UC resistant. Steel is a common choice as is wrought iron. It is best not to have padding on this furniture, as when it rains things will take longer to dry out. Most outdoor furniture does not require much maintenance, but it is important that you perform any that the manufacturer recommends to keep your outdoor area function and beautiful for many years to come.