(PRWEB) January 22, 2013
With an ever-changing economy, increasingly more sophisticated public and new innovations in technology, restaurant owners are seldom allowed the luxury of standing pat and hoping that what worked yesterday for a business will also work in the future.
Every year, restaurant consultants and prognosticators read the signs and predict what the new trends in restaurants and dining will be for the coming 12 months and beyond. Restaurant furniture manufacturer and supplier Affordable Seating has studied the new trends and is highlighting certain items in its inventory that can help restaurateurs adjust to the latest trends and remain relevant in 2013 and well into the future.
Some of the biggest changes in dining are not connected to food, but rather to drink. Patrons are seeking new and sophisticated flavors in their cocktails, artisan beers, as well as innovations such as alcohol-infused smoothies. With less and less disposable income available for families, restaurateurs can focus on improving their bar areas to target young, single professionals who still have money to spend and are looking for something unique in style and flavor when they go out on the town.
Affordable Seating, therefore, is offering sales on many of its wood and metal bar stools, as well as on high top tables for those looking to refresh their bar area. Some of its most popular metal bar stools, such as the Elongated Vertical Back Metal Barstool and Window Back Metal Barstool are on sale for $49.99, while Affordable Seating's Ladder Back Wood Bar Stool is on sale for $70. Those seeking a particularly modern-looking style may prefer the Ladder Back Swivel Bar Stool, which is on sale for $55. Affordable Seating's Round Cast Iron Table Bases, in 42 inch bar height, start at $35, with Reversible Round Table Tops beginning at $22.
An additional trend recognized by restaurant consultants, and evident to anyone who has been paying attention over the last year, is the rise in popularity of fast-casual dining establishments, such as Chipotle, Five Guys and Panera Bread, that fall somewhere between quick serve establishments and full service restaurants.
Restaurant consultants Baum and Whiteman describe 'fast-cas' as offering "interactive service with food made in front of you; customizable upscale options; bolder flavors; distinctive, contemporary décor; more youthful appeal than dinnerhouses but more mature than fast-food plasticity … prices about half-again as much as fast food … and consumers tolerating slower service in exchange for better quality."
The Huffington Post describes the fast-casual aesthetic style as "mostly natural colors and materials like wood and metal, lots of high seating, a geometrically straightforward layout and industrial-style details, like exposed piping and concrete floors."
In an attempt to help restaurateurs interested in a fast-casual renovation or start-up, Affordable Seating is offering 4-Prong Cast Iron Table Bases starting at $24, Werzalit Squre and Rectangular Table Tops starting at $59, metal ladder back chairs starting at $31.50, and a Standard Single / Double Quick Ship Booth starting at $175.
Affordable Seating CEO Nick Warren said of the sale, “We see a major part of our job as not only providing our customers with top quality commercial furniture, but also of helping them decide which furniture is best for their establishment. We have a lot of experience in the restaurant business and we try to pass that knowledge on to our clientele. Recognizing new trends and highlighting certain items that we know will be big in the New Year is just part of that philosophy.”
For information on Affordable Seating’s sale items, or to browse their full selection of restaurant chairs, bar stools, booths, tables and patio furniture visit http://www.affordableseating.net or call a customer service representative at (888) 495-8884.