Restaurant seating options of a table, booth, or counter are personal preference, for sure, but every host or hostess typically hears “is a booth available?” Who wouldn’t choose to be comfortable while dining out? Most restaurants benefit from having booths because they delight customers and help create a welcoming ambiance.
This article may be good for planning out your restaurant’s future or for creating an appropriately socially distanced dining experience. Keep reading this article to learn more about how booths are great for customers and restaurants.
Create a Private Experience
Most people enjoy getting out to eat, now during the Coronavirus pandemic more than ever (if done safely). A room full of tables that are full of strangers gobbling their way through food right next to them doesn’t sound like a fun experience. Booths provide a private, intimate feeling without the need to have separate rooms. The personal space and the natural barrier that comes with booths make for a nice dining experience.
Get the Most Out of Your Space
Tables require enough room around them for your guests to pull their chairs in and out. That can create trip hazards for your servers and making moving around the floor more difficult for everyone. Booths being back-to-back can help use your space the most efficiently. If your layout includes raised separation between booths, you may not need to have an unoccupied space between guests in booths.
Kids and Parents Love Booth Seating
Families are big fans of booth seating. When booths adjoin a wall, most adults can sit on the outside while their kids stay on the inside seats. This “parent trap” can help keep the kids enclosed, so even if they get rambunctious, other guests won’t be disturbed, and the family can relax. Booths can be used to hold more than the standard four people, especially small kids. Also, most chairs don’t fit kids, so the booths are great for any sized child.
Longer Lasting Experiences - Good for Everyone
Tables that “anchor” people, holding them in place with boundaries such as walls, tend to spend more time and money at the restaurant. People feel more comfortable because they are “out of the way” at an anchored table. They can relax and enjoy the experience for longer. This better experience can lead to better reviews for your restaurant eventually - and these guests are more likely to order dessert and appetizers.
Booths - a Good Experience for Guests and Owners
Most restaurants offer many types of seating options. Here at Ferrante Manufacturing, we recommend you at least include and possibly prioritize booths for your layout, depending on your restaurant’s goals. For all of your restaurant furniture, Ferrante Manufacturing is your source for custom design and production.