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What 2022 May Serve Restaurants

January 10, 2022

It’s January, a time when possibility floats in the air like the scent of oregano on a wood oven pizza slice. What can restaurants and their guests look forward to in 2022? Intuition points to a few things already in the works. Menu Like It’s 2022 More and more diners want to know what’s in…

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Restaurant Rooftop Patios, All Upside

December 10, 2021

A cool breeze, a sweeping skyline view and a refreshing beverage in hand. What could be better than a rooftop patio? A restaurant lucky enough to have the top floor can set its sights higher with a rooftop patio expansion. Enclosing a space like this keeps a 360-degree view accessible and comfortable for more of…

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Restaurants Cheer on Holiday 2021

November 1, 2021

The frosty air holds renewed optimism this holiday season. Employers are ready to acknowledge everyone’s hard work with annual end-of-year parties. So, what’s trending in celebrating? As reservations come in, it’s beginning to look a lot like a mix of in-person, virtual and outdoor holiday gatherings. Decision One: In-Person or Virtual? A company’s existing work…

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Designing your patio enclosure? Take direction from the sun.

October 6, 2021

Eating al fresco on a sunny patio on a beautiful, 75-degree day feels like heaven. While your chef can’t whip up custom weather, an enclosed patio can take the edge off as needed. Views and sun matter to guests. For restaurant owners, heating, and air conditioning costs impact profitability. And everybody, your servers and guests…

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Create Dining Experiences to Promote on Open Table

September 1, 2021

The restaurant industry will continue to reinvent itself in the months to come. Open Table has been a big supporter in helping restaurants evolve during this time of rapid change. Their latest idea is to encourage new experiences to add a breath of fresh flare to a normal night out. Think Ramen Noodle Night and…

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Sunshades. The view without the scorch.

August 3, 2021

In warm weather months, eating and communing outside on the patio is a natural. But what happens when that yellow orb in the sky reaches the tipping point of feeling uncomfortable? All you need is the right set of custom sunshades. If your patio faces any direction besides north, they’re seriously worth considering. Here are…

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Restaurant Life After COVID

July 1, 2021

“Reservations for four, please.” Once an ordinary phrase, hearing those words is now hard to take for granted. As we all make our way toward the post-COVID world, much about what the new restaurant norms will be is still taking shape. Though some changes feel like they’ll be with us indefinitely. Here are a few.…

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Event Spaces and Restaurant Patios: Much Ado About I Do

June 2, 2021

The definition of the perfect wedding venue is more open-ended than ever. Creativity is in. If you run an outdoor event space, you already know that. But if your restaurant patio is more date night, now is the time to consider hanging out a private party sign. Opportunity flows from the rehearsal dinner to post-wedding…

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Mood (and Food!) Lighting for Restaurant Patios

May 3, 2021

Light up Your Restaurant Patio’s Appeal The ambiance of a patio can shift at your command. It’s all about the way you orchestrate lighting from morning to moonlight. Seeing your patio through fresh eyes – actually your customer’s eyes – is a great way to shed a few rays of insight on any changes to…

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Build maximum views into your enclosed, motorized patio with MaxView.

April 1, 2021

Are you ready to see more? The physics of patio enclosures just made a giant, 360 degree leap forward. We now have the largest clear window available for motorized patio shades. Taking in sunsets, skylines, mountains, flowers and trees, and of course sun!, is what sitting outside is all about for restaurant patio-goers. And when…

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