Commit to the Space

One critical mistake restaurant brands and operators make when creating an outdoor dining opportunity is treating the space like an after thought. Offering outdoor dining has become a necessity following the pandemic, with restaurants finding creative ways to either add patio dining or expand on what they had. 

This has created an unprecedented demand for outdoor furniture resulting in low inventory, long lead times and less options. “Although some of the supply chain problems seem to be easing, this is not the time to assume things are back to normal. To assure timely delivery please get complete orders in as soon as possible” urges Paul Weintraub of American Tropicasual. “Don't be disappointed by lack of product or choice.” 


American Tropicasual stocks a wide assortment of outdoor chairs, bar stools and tables, but inventory has been moving quickly. Zink recommends reviewing patio spaces soon so we can suggest options from our full outdoor catalog as opposed to in the Spring when we are at the mercy of what’s in stock.

Control the Elements

Outdoor dining has always been a sought-after feature at restaurants during the warm months. With dining restrictions put on restaurants during the pandemic, owners and operators had to get creative on how to offer outdoor dining in all-weather conditions. These creative solutions have bled into normal operations with many restaurants now offering year-round outdoor dining experiences. 

The key to successful year-round outdoor dining is to connect the total restaurant experience while mitigating the elements.  Operators must be purposeful in their design and anticipate customers’ needs in these more exposed environments. For cold-weather, it may be implementing heaters and more permanent architectural solutions while for warm-weather it may be as easy as putting up umbrellas to block the sun. Emu, Homecrest, GAR Products, and Wabash Valley all offer all-weather dining solutions to consider for your space that not only control the elements but enhance the experience.


Benjamin Moore announced “October Mist” as their 2022 Color of the Year. 


Described by Architectural Digest as a “a soft, likable sage green that could act as a

bridge to a rainbow of colors”. Muted green shades like October Mist or Emu’s

Moss Grey frame finish have grown in popularity in commercial applications and for their versatility and connective qualities.

2022 Design Trends

Warm Comforting Tones

Textured Design

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