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A Bistro to Call Your Own
In the last decade or so, the bistro environment for restaurants and bars has become one of the most popular motifs around the country. So good retailers who specialize in the hospitality business know a good thing when it comes along and have quickly created more and more bistro style places for people to enjoy an evening of fine dining, drinks and good conversation. The explosion of bistros has been such a phenomenon that you can find one in almost every nook and cranny where people gather to be social together.
As you begin to design your bistro, obviously the good food and five star service are a given. And that is an area you don't want to cut corners on because getting a meal that they will never forget is what will bring customers back again and again and again. But along with those essentials, the decor, the interior decorating, the furniture and the feel of your bistro is a must to create that exotic atmosphere that your guests can really relax in.
Bistro furniture is one of the major contributors to making this decor a success. But along with generating a strong bistro atmosphere in your restaurant or bar, well made furniture is both beautiful and hard working making the job of serving your customers so much more efficient as well. So you want to have a good check list as you look at the various manufacturers and models of bistro furniture so you have a set up guide that fits your requirements for quality bistro furniture and fits your vision for the perfect bistro you want to operate.
If you are giving this decision about the bistro furniture you buy some serious thought then you are being responsible in how you make choices. Because no matter how great looking the furniture is, it has to be tough, able to last a long time and of the best construction standards for you. This means you might spend a bit more on your furniture up front. But if that means you can run your bistro for years, maybe decades with no need to replace a piece and no furniture related service problems for your guests, that makes your insistence on quality a good move early on.
So to ensure that you are starting from the right place in your search for high quality bistro furniture, start with the quality manufacturers who have a reputation for providing furniture to hundreds or thousands of bistro operators. In the weeks and months before you actually launch your bistro, you can visit your favorite bistro haunts in town or in towns where you visit and look at who they bought their furniture from as well as what pieces they bought and how they are arranged. By telling the managers and owners of those bars and restaurants that you are going to start a place of your own, not only will they be open with suggestions and references, they may let you take some photos of their place so you have some good decorating ideas to start with. Just think if you start your design work with a scrapbook of photos of a dozen or so of your favorite bistros along with their recommendations for who to buy from, you are way ahead of the game.
In a way, bistro furniture for new bar or eating establishment has a double life to live up to. The first priority is that it is pleasing and useful to your customers. When you are up and open for business, your bistro is going to be overflowing with customers all talking, interacting, coming and going to the bar and creating that very busy happy environment you want. This will be a situation where your bistro furniture will undergo a huge amount of stress and rough use. So it has to take a beating and keep on serving day in and day out and night in and night out and never give you any concerns.
But at the same time the furniture you buy for your new bistro is a big part of the investment you make in opening your own place. You may be taking a small businesses loan out to get just the right chairs, tables and other furniture items. So you don't want to make that investment again very soon and the durability of that furniture is a top priority. But not only must the furniture hold up to just about anything your customers can throw at it, it has to do so and keep looking great for the crowd that is coming the next day. Its a tall order but the top of the line furniture items can handle the challenge.
Along with being of service to your business, your bistro furniture can actually be part of the attraction your bistro has for new customers. When new customers visit your club or restaurant, that first impression means everything. If the decor of your bistro, which includes the furniture, quietly advertises to the customers that this the restaurant or bar they want to know more about, that can mean more customers and better sales for you. The furniture must at the same time be stylish and sophisticated and comfortable and inviting. Spending an evening in a bistro is all about having a great time, being relaxed and almost as much at ease in your place as your customers would be in their own homes. So to become their living room away from their living rooms, the furniture should be inviting, attractive and in step with the bistro design you are going for.
But there is one more requirement that the perfect bistro furniture must pass and this is one only you know how to judge. It has to be furniture that you like and that fits your unique vision for the bistro you want to run. There are dozens of bistros for your customers to chose from and no doubt many of those bars or restaurants helped inspire your vision of what will make your bistro unique and in step with that unique picture in your head that you saw when you got inspired to start your own place.
That vision will be what makes your bistro stand out to your customers as well. You will add your own style to the popular bistro theme in the food, the service, the decor and the furniture to make your place the one that will be a home away from home for your customers. And when you develop that loyal clientele that want to be in your bistro time and time again, that is when you are in for a long and happy career as a profitable bistro owner.
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