Archive for July, 2014

Meet Our Team

Our company is predominantly an e-commerce company. Most of our customers we work with over the phone or communicate using email. Rarely do we have the chance for some face to face contact. To rectify this situation we’ve made a video just for you, our customers. Curious as to everything that happens at our office? View our latest video to get an inside look at our team and how we all work together to provide our customers with the best experience possible. In this video you can see what happens to your booths, chairs, and tables, between the time you order and when they arrive at your doorstep.

Aluminum Chairs v. Steel Chairs: How to select your outdoor restaurant seating

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?

The Ins & Outs of the ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control)

Friends at a barMany 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:

  • Know the specific laws that govern your restaurant’s/bar’s location. You must know where and what time of day alcohol can be served, how much can be served, what it must be served in, the costs of the alcohol, what kind of happy hour discount may or may not be used, and particular days alcohol may not be served (for example, some states have restrictions on Election Day).
  • Determine what kind of license you’ll need. Each state has its own type of liquor license, so first you’ll need to establish the kind of drinks you wish to sell and service: wine, beer, liquor, or distilled liquor, or any combination. Hotels may choose all of these options, while a tavern may only sell domestic or imported beer. Be sure to note what each of these licenses cost to initiate and renew, and then plan to build it into the cost of your drinks. In parts of the United States, the cost can top $50,000 just to obtain a license.
  • Depending upon the number of licenses available in your area, when applying for a license, you may have to wait until an existing license is transferred to your business. This can take months—or, in cases, years. If your state’s License Board accepts your application, there is a license that is readily available, and there are no hiccups, you could have your license within around three to six months.
  • Your state of residence may have other limitations or requirements before approving your license. The process can be so difficult that some businesses hire liquor license consultants, who can guide you through your state’s or area’s laws and procedures.

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.