With Memorial day behind us and the official start of summer only a few weeks away, many people are gearing up towards summer. If you are a restaurant or bar owner, summer for you means time to get your outdoor seating permit sorted, wrestle your patio furniture out from storage, and ready yourself for the summer crowds.
But one thing that can often be overlooked by restaurant owners is your outdoor ambiance. If your patio is located on a busy street in the heart of a city, then you are limited to only a few options. But if you have the luxury of a private terrace, then it is important that you give that space as much care and attention as your indoor dining room.
Terrace Lighting Design
While you have less control over the environment factors that can interact with your terrace lighting, such as the sun, that doesn’t mean you should rely on natural light alone. In fact, the fact that there is such interference in your terrace lighting means that you will need an outdoor lighting design that can accommodate a wider array of conditions.
Discretely placed terrace lights can help to accentuate the natural moonlight and can be placed on a dimmer switch which will allow you to adjust the brightness depending on the natural conditions so that you have total control over you ambiance. Just make sure to purchase LED lights with a warm yellow glow, typically you will need a bulb marked 2700-2900k. Brighter or whiter lights will be distressing to your guests.
It is vitally important that your restaurant’s interior decor be carried to the exterior space as much as possible. While one would not expect to hang paintings or other easily damaged pieces out in the elements, an arresting water feature or custom a light fixture can provide a way to express your design style.
Even smaller features can go a long way: if your interior is dominated by an old French bistro sensibility, the concrete or picnic style outdoor tables would be wholly inappropriate. But that same concrete table might work perfectly if your restaurant has a more austere, industrial style.
Music can be difficult in open spaces. For starters, you are competing with the ambient noise of the outdoors: gentle wind and babbling brooks in more remote locals, people screaming out car windows and honking in more populated ones. There is also the issue of local restrictions on how loud and late music can be played.
Still, you should do your best to include music into your exterior spaces. it will help better relax your customers and give them a more luxurious experience.
Outdoor seating is often an afterthought for restaurateurs and bar owners. But by maximizing your outdoor space, you can create a wonderful extension of your restaurant and increase your capacity in one fell swoop.