4 Great Ways That Your Café Can Maintain Customer Footfall and Attract New Business

cafeDo you dream of running a busy café that maintains a constant flow of customers? Maybe you already do, but if so, there’s always room for improvement. With this in mind, here are four great ways that you can retain your initial customer base while reaching out to new clientèle at the same time.

Change your menu

One thing that puts people off from returning time after time is when the menu never changes. Once a customer has sampled pretty much everything on the menu, there’s no real reason for them to keep coming back. Serving great coffee alone doesn’t always keep customers returning but a simple good quality menu that changes on a regular basis just might. Try putting on some breakfast specials or seasonal winter warmers to entice people in during the quieter times. In the summer why not invent some sexy salads or low fat wraps to leave people wanting to sample more. Whatever you decide, change it up a little!

Great service

The backbone of any business is great customer service. If you can get this part right, then people will forgive you if the coffee isn’t piping hot or they have to wait to be seated. There’s a lot to be said for a service with a smile and in these days of online reviews and fierce competition, there’s no room for bad customer service. Try engaging more with customers and do whatever it takes to make them feel special. That’s a sure fire way to get your customers returning, week after week.

Add a social aspect

One thing that successful café’s do is to encourage social interaction. Where you can, why not add a sofa and a coffee table? If you have more space, how about a separate chill-out area with books and newspapers. Customers who feel more relaxed are subsequently going to extend their stay with another round of cappuccino’s or drinks, so avoid this at your peril.

Great furniture

Finally, you can serve the best coffee in the world, but if the furniture is uncomfortable, your clientèle isn’t going to hang around. Great furniture doesn’t necessarily mean expensive, but it is worth checking out reviews on furniture that you like.

So here you have it! Four great ways that you can increase customer footfall while keeping your regular clientèle too. Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we can certainly help by supplying you with great café furniture. With a wide range of quality commercial tables and chairs in a variety of styles, designs and materials we have everything you need right here! Visit the website or contact us on 07 3205 1616 for further details.

What Exactly Is A Dry Bar Table Anyhow?

dry bar tableThe dry bar table is one that’s commonly used in cafés, bars and restaurants all over the world but what exactly is it and more importantly, what’s it used for?

Dry bar tables come in a wide variety of styles, shapes, sizes and designs but in order to differentiate them from a standard café table they’re considerably taller. Essentially they’re the same height as a bar counter top and were initially designed to be used as an extension to the bar by holding napkins, condiments, plates, cutlery etc. The term ‘dry bar’ table is so called because unlike a normal bar it doesn’t contain a sink. As a result it’s far cheaper to buy and because no plumbing is required, easier to accommodate.

Maximising floor space with the dry bar table
That said in many busy cafés, bistros and restaurants they’re the ideal solution for maximising your floor space. Why? Simply because they can easily be positioned into tight corners and awkward spaces where a standard table won’t go. Because of their lofty table top height and their compact base they work really well surrounded by equally compact bar stools. Put them against a side wall and add a candle and they make the perfect intimate table for two.

In addition dry bar tables are perfect for groups of people who might not want to formally sit down to eat and would rather use it for resting drinks and snacks on, leaving your standard tables for those who would prefer to be seated.

Durable and versatile
The majority of dry bar tables are made for commercial use meaning that they’re durable, lightweight and weather proof, so they can be used both outdoors and in. They’re scratch resistant and stain resistant and can be made from anything including wood, laminate, metal, marble or stone and come with a variety of bases. They can also be stacked or moved around to suit the demands of a busy café

In essence dry bar tables might not look like your average table but they seem to be the perfect solution for a 21st century café and as a result are extremely popular.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we stock a wide variety of dry bar tables in varying shapes sizes and designs, so if you’re looking for a solution to your floor space problems, then you really need to consider a dry bar table. For inspiration, check out our website or visit our local showroom.

Café Interior Trends For 2015

modern cafe interior‘Casual’ is a word which is set to continue into 2015 particularly when we’re talking about café and restaurant dining. Stuffy dining areas with tables set with white clothes and traditional décor are definitely a thing of the past and are mainly reserved for the most traditional of venues. The strong message that comes across is that the consumer wants to eat great food in a relaxed environment.

Anything goes
One of the advantages of the casual trend is that practically anything goes and consequently bespoke pieces have been designed to match the unique personality of specific venues. Restaurant chains aren’t as restricted as they once were by set interiors and often each interior has its own unique design. Take replica Tolix chairs for example, they are now available with wood seats in contrast to their metal frame, and this has come about thanks to designers wanting to mix natural materials together.

Choose furniture according to your style of venue
Smaller venues are often chosen because of their intimacy, so if you’re revamping your bistro or café this year then give great consideration to selecting furniture, lighting, and fittings more for their functionality than how they look aesthetically when balancing out a room. Booths and banquette seating are perfect for smaller spaces as they make full use of the wall space as well as being comfortable and attractive. Lounge areas are becoming ever more popular in larger cafés and this demands comfortable chairs such as sofas and tub chairs which allow customers to relax in style whilst reading and enjoying a great cup of coffee.

Industrial themes are also firmly entrenched for 2015 and reclaimed timber and character oak are firm favourites for table tops and décor choices such as exposed brick walls and metal lighting are also set to become increasingly stylish.

In 2014 it was common for bright colour finishes to complement industrial furniture and décors. This year it sees a richer palette of colour being used to balance the overall aesthetics and bring the old together with the new. One such colour which will be popular is an earthy burgundy tone which could be used for curtains and upholstery.

Share and share alike
Another thing to consider if decorating your venue in 2015 is the rise in popularity of sharing platters. As well as buying in the appropriate tableware you may also need to consider changing the configuration of your tables and seating. Tables will need to be larger to accommodate large plates of food and elbows and slimmer chairs, possibly without arms, will be needed to group around the tables to fit everyone in.

If you’re looking to update your café furniture then why not shop with Cafe Furniture Brisbane. We have a wide choice of furniture to suit all tastes and trends and are constantly adding to our range. You can visit our showroom direct, shop on line, or contact us direct at 07 3205 1616 for more information.

Good Quality Café Furniture Doesn’t Have To Cost A Fortune

Isotop bombay tableHappy to New Year to all our customers. We had a fab Christmas here and are looking forward to a happy and prosperous 2015. I don’t know about you but I’m not that good at keeping New Year resolutions so I tend to keep them to myself so that no-one knows whether I keep to them or not, particularly when it comes to diets! What we have resolved however, as café furniture suppliers, is to keep on introducing brand new lines which like all of our furniture are strong and robust, attractive, and keenly priced.

With this in mind we’d like to introduce you to two new finishes in our Isotop tables – Butcher’s Block and Bombay. If you’re looking to up-grade your furniture then our Isotop table tops or complete tables are a great choice. The table tops will fit easily to most bases which makes a cost effective method of sprucing up your café or bistro by utilising your existing table bases. Alternatively you can purchase any of our Isotop tables with a choice of matt black or shiny silver aluminium table base to give a modern or traditional feel, depending on your preference.

German technology coupled with European Design

For those of you who haven’t heard of Isotop, it’s a brand which is proving really popular with cafés and bistros. The table tops are manufactured in Malaysia which keeps the price down but there is certainly no scrimping on quality. Manufactured using an innovative German technology, these seamless table tops are virtually indestructible. The unique compound combines real wood with synthetic resins to give a resilient table top that has all the appeal of wood but the advantages of a synthetic product. These durable table tops are heat resistant and have a non permeable surface which makes them stain and scratch resistant. They really are as tough as old boots and can withstand all the rigours of a thriving establishment.

The Butcher’s Block is 35mm in depth with smooth rounded corners for safety and lovely golden hues of colour with a distinctive grain whereas Bombay has a rich depth of colour with red shades to look like warm cherry wood. However these tables aren’t just about good looks, they’re also extremely functional and versatile. The unique compound that they’re made from is weatherproof which means that the tables can be used inside or out and won’t fade, rot, or crack whatever the weather throws at them. They’re also quick and easy to clean using little more than a damp cloth and mild detergent to remove any spilled drinks or food debris. Being seamless, the table tops are also very hygienic which is yet another reason for their popularity in the hospitality industry, plus they come in a range of handy shapes and sizes.

You’d expect a table as strong and versatile as the Isotop to be expensive but the good news is that they are very competitively priced. So if you’re looking to throw out the old and bring in the new then why not visit our showroom, shop online or simply give us a call on 07 3205 1616 to find out more.