So you’re furnishing an outdoor restaurant patio and aren’t sure what seating to select. Two popular choices are using aluminum seating or choosing a steel chair that’s been powder coated for outside use.
Aluminum is weather-resistant and quickly adapts to a person’s temperature upon being sat on, plus, it’s very affordable! Furniture with aluminum frames often come in many styles, colors, and coordinating materials. However, aluminum is a softer metal, which is not warrantied for indoor placement due to the rigors of everyday use inside a typical bar or restaurant. Your aluminum chairs are lightweight, which is great for moving around during the day or to store at night but can be a factor if your restaurant is located in a windy city.
Steel is much more sturdy, heavier duty, and durable. However, it doesn’t have the natural weather-resistant properties as aluminum does, and if the surface powder coat scrapes off, your steel chairs could rust in those areas. It’s often hotter to the touch after being exposed to direct sunlight, as well. But with a beefier metal, your steel chairs will be warrantied for indoor or outdoor use and won’t be as likely to blow over in a breeze.
Watch our quick video above for more tips on deciding between aluminum and steel for your outdoor restaurant seating! Tweet us @TablesChairsBar to let us know which you prefer: aluminum or steel?
Many restaurant owners or would-be owners aim to sell alcohol at their establishment, and for good reason: it’s a high-yield practice, it helps fill your restaurant tables with new patrons, and it doesn’t take more than one person—maybe two—to pour and serve drinks.
If you’re opening a restaurant or bar, or you own a restaurant where you’d like to add bar service or serve alcohol, you’ll work with your state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Some states are “control” states, where the state controls most or every aspect of alcoholic beverage sales. Other are “license” states, which don’t directly control the sale of alcohol, but have chosen in-state organizations to do so.
Liquor License Tips for Owners
Any group that wants to sell alcohol in their establishment must follow all federal, state, and local legislation pertaining to the sale of alcoholic beverages. The process is often very complicated, depending on the location, and there may be quotas that must be maintained. Here are some tips to get you started when you apply for a liquor license:
Your restaurant can benefit from the addition of a liquor license, but be sure that you know the laws, requirements, and restrictions for your state before beginning the application process. Having a well-managed plan will reduce hassles and have you serving drinks to customers in no time.