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How to Keep Your Restaurant Safe and Ultimately Successful

Jul 17, 2018

table finish

To have a successful restaurant, you need to do everything with safety in mind. From clean tables to proper employee training, safety is especially important in a restaurant setting. Want to know more? Keep reading for some important eatery safety tips.

How to Pick the Right Wood Finish for Your Restaurant Tables

Jul 16, 2018

When you open your restaurant, you can feel overwhelmed with all the decisions you have to make. Between the technological, financial, and design specifications for your restaurant, choosing the right tables might be the last thing on your mind. But this is one of the most important aspects of running your restaurant. 

Not only does a good table create an ambiance in your restaurant, it needs to have the durability necessary to handle many different clients and the messes that they can create. So, how do you choose the right finish for your restaurant's many tables? Here are the three most common types of table finishes.

Top 3 Restaurant Trends to Start Getting Comfortable With This Year

Jul 13, 2018

Over the next few years, you can expect major changes in the world of restaurant furniture. So why not get ahead of the game and tackle these trends now? Here’s what you need to implement in your restaurant today.

4 Elements That Might Be Making Your Restaurant Design Outdated

Jul 13, 2018

furnitureEven if you love the old-school charm that your restaurant has built up over the years, that retro aesthetic may actually harm you in the long run. Unfortunately, as anyone who lived through the 1970s knows (or the 1990s, for that matter), not all looks are timeless.

And while the quality of your kitchen and bar staff matter immensely, a great restaurant is about much more than just the food. It’s all about the experience. If you don’t have an updated space, you may be losing customers. Here are four design elements that may add up to an outdated restaurant environment.

Top Restaurant Design Trends You Need to Know in 2018

Jul 09, 2018

furniture

With all of the demands on a restaurateur's time, the design of your restaurant may not be your top priority. But for guests coming into your business to dine and enjoy cocktails, modern decor and trendy design can really impact their experience. And in this Instagram-obsessed social media age, the lighting, furniture, and overall aesthetic of your restaurant matters more than ever before.

‘Wood’ You Like to Buy a Table? Choosing the Best Tables for Your Restaurant

Jul 02, 2018

modern restaurant furniture

Whether you’re looking to update your old restaurant furniture or just starting out, setting the right mood for your restaurant is key in attracting and keeping customers. When you’re looking for modern restaurant furniture that sets your business apart from the rest, consider these factors when choosing the best table for you.

50th Annual NJ Ad Club Awards

Jun 07, 2018

50th Annual NJ Ad Club Awards

It was such an exciting evening at the 50th Annual NJ Advertising Club ‘Jersey Awards’ hosted at the glamorous ‘Grove’ in Cedar Grove, NJ last night. Each year the NJ Ad Club celebrates artistic excellence and innovation in all formats of advertising. GAR Products had the distinctive honor to be nominated amongst the best and brightest creative minds of the Garden State for our work in collaboration with marketing solution agency, CI Group, of Whitehouse, NJ. GAR Products and CI Group took home not only one, but a total of FIVE awards for the evening, including a ‘Best In Category’ award:

CATEGORY OF COLLATERAL/ALL PRINTED MATERIAL

Indoor + Outdoor Sell Sheets

1st Place

 

BEST PACKAGE WITH HIGH-IMPACT PREMIUM ITEM

GAR Mini Chair Mailer

1st Place

 

BEST STATIONARY PACKAGE

GAR Branding Materials 

1st Place

 

CATEGORY OF TELEVISION-NON BROADCAST VIDEO

“Making Memories” GAR Brand Video

2nd Place 

 

BEST IN COLLATERAL AWARD

GAR Mini Chair Mailer

Congratulations to the NJ Advertising Club on its 50th Year and all the other winners of the evening. And a very special thanks to the CI Group for all the love they poured into our projects. Above: CI Group and Sam & GAR Products

How to Keep Your Restaurant Safe and Ultimately Successful

Jul 17, 2018

table finish

To have a successful restaurant, you need to do everything with safety in mind. From clean tables to proper employee training, safety is especially important in a restaurant setting. Want to know more? Keep reading for some important eatery safety tips.

Train Your Employees Properly

Each member of your staff needs to follow specific safety procedures. Your restraint is only as safe as your employees who went through your training processes. Teaching them how to handle all of the equipment, what to do in case of an emergency, and how to properly cook food for your customers to consume are all of the utmost importance. 

Create Safe Eating Environments

Along with the food being safe to eat, it’s important that what your customers are eating off of is also safe. The table tops must be treated with safe table finish. So if your customer were to drop a piece of pasta on the table and put it in their mouth, they wouldn’t get sick in the process. Along with table finishes, the chairs must not be broken, the furniture nailheads must stay in place, and the floors must be free of slipping hazards. Approximately 57% of American consumers report a preference for vintage pieces, according to a survey by Furniture Today. If you choose vintage pieces, make sure they're safe for people to be around by inspecting them before putting them out on your floor. 

Have Fire Safety Equipment Placed All Over Your Restaurant

With the excessive amounts of heat and fire, your kitchen staff will be using to cook meals, it’s important to be ready for any dangerous situation. To prepare yourself, place fire extinguishers throughout your business, not just in your kitchen. You should also install emergency lights and exit lights throughout the building and look for appliances that come with fire suppression systems. These appliances will switch off the fuel supply when activated and dispense substances that can help put out flames.

If you want to make your restaurant successful, it’s all about being safe. To do this, you need to train your employees, create a safe dining environment, and have fire safety equipment all around your restaurant. 

How to Pick the Right Wood Finish for Your Restaurant Tables

Jul 16, 2018

wood table finishWhen you open your restaurant, you can feel overwhelmed with all the decisions you have to make. Between the technological, financial, and design specifications for your restaurant, choosing the right tables might be the last thing on your mind. But this is one of the most important aspects of running your restaurant. 

Not only does a good table create an ambiance in your restaurant, it needs to have the durability necessary to handle many different clients and the messes that they can create. So, how do you choose the right finish for your restaurant's many tables? Here are the three most common types of table finishes.

Wood table finish

A wood table finish for your commercial furniture is one of the best options for durability in a restaurant. As a restauranteur, you'll likely want to go for a polyurethane finish. While polyurethane finishes are often difficult to repair, they make up for it in water resistance and their scratch proof exterior designed to keep your wooden tables looking fresh and clean, no matter how old they might be. There are different types of wood table finish options to choose from however. Other types of finish include: 

  • Wax finish - This finish is perfect if you want your wood to be on display, not the finish. The transparent quality of the finish means that it requires regular maintenance due to its more delicate nature. 
  • Stain finish - This serves as a more decorative finish designed to highlight the natural aspects of the wood. You can choose from a variety of stain finishes including matte, gloss, and oil- or water-based finishes.

Varnishes

Your wood table tops might do even better with a varnish. Wood varnishes are oil-based and resistant to water, making them a good option for your restaurant's bar or table tops. However, this is a difficult product to work with and it's recommended the work get done by a professional to create a beautiful end product. Too many brushstrokes, or not waiting long enough for the oil to dry can lead to a cheaper looking final product. Many suppliers will thin the varnish before its application. This gives the table top a wonderful vintage feel, one of the top 10 trends in furniture today. 

Lacquer

Lacquers are one of the most durable types of wood table finish. They don't have the scratch-proof quality that polyurethane finishes do, but the versatility in sheen type and transparency make it a popular option for restaurants and other commercial furniture manufacturers. It's quick-drying, dries hard, and provides water resistance, making it perfect for use in your restaurant. It's easily repaired and sprayed onto your high quality furniture. 

When you're looking for a new wood table finish for your restaurant, consider these three options for your tables.

Top 3 Restaurant Trends to Start Getting Comfortable With This Year

Jul 13, 2018

furniture upholstery fabric

Over the next few years, you can expect major changes in the world of restaurant furniture. So why not get ahead of the game and tackle these trends now? Here’s what you need to implement in your restaurant today.

Increase in Patio Furniture

People love being able to sit outside with a glass of wine and enjoy their dinner. You can make that happen at your restaurant by stocking your patio full of comfortable, trendy outdoor furniture. The weather-resistant furniture should consist of a table, chairs and a parasol. Parasols can be moved around and removed from the center of the table completely if your patrons want to enjoy the sunshine. 

Eco-Friendly Furniture Is On the Rise

To bring more attraction to your restaurant, consider using eco-friendly pieces. More and more people are turning to a “green” lifestyle and are supporting businesses that follow that way of life. If your customers know that your commercial furniture is made right in the United States and can last a long time, they’re more likely to populate your seats instead of somewhere else. When they pay their bill, they'll feel happy knowing they are contributing to a place that cares about the world. 

Customizable Furniture Is Key

It's no secret we value good design. The interior design industry generates approximately $10 billion in revenue every year. Pieces that are customized to fit your restaurant's personality are extremely trendy. Creating pieces that fit your aesthetic, your customers, and your needs are key. For example, if you tend to serve a lot of older customers, choosing quality furniture that’s made with furniture upholstery fabric and is comfortable will make them enjoy sitting for hours. The furniture upholstery fabric will create a cushion so they aren’t hurting their backs. Plus, you can use furniture upholstery fabric in a color and pattern that matches your style.

To get more people through your door, keeping up with the trends is crucial. Get ahead of the game by using eco-friendly furniture, patio pieces, and customizing your seats and tables.

4 Elements That Might Be Making Your Restaurant Design Outdated

Jul 13, 2018

furnitureEven if you love the old-school charm that your restaurant has built up over the years, that retro aesthetic may actually harm you in the long run. Unfortunately, as anyone who lived through the 1970s knows (or the 1990s, for that matter), not all looks are timeless.

And while the quality of your kitchen and bar staff matter immensely, a great restaurant is about much more than just the food. It’s all about the experience. If you don’t have an updated space, you may be losing customers. Here are four design elements that may add up to an outdated restaurant environment.

Your China

Take some time to look at the bowls and plates you serve your food on. Is it outdated? If it is, it might be time to upgrade. Choosing a basic, elegant white is perfect if you’re a casual restaurant. However, if you own a place that’s a lot more high-end, you need to invest in something a bit more exciting. Many restaurants are experimenting with bolder color palettes and unusual plating options. If your establishment's overall aesthetic is bright and bold, don’t be afraid to choose bright colored plates.

Your Glassware


After inspecting your china and replacing it if necessary, look at your glassware. Your glassware needs to complement your china, your decor, and your menu. If your wine glasses, for example, are discolored, dingy, and cloudy, it’s definitely time to upgrade. A simple switch of your 10-year-old wine glasses to something a lot newer can make all the difference. Likewise, while stemless wine glasses and mason jars were en vogue several years ago, new trends have since come along. Don't be afraid to mix it up.

Your Furniture

Do you have upholstery fabric that looks like it just popped out of the 1970s? Do your wood table tops have glass rings covering their surface? Unless your restaurant is based on a certain era, keep your commercial furniture modernized. The majority of respondents to a Furniture Today survey said they prefer furniture that lasts between five to nine years. But if your furniture is more than 10 years old, then it might be time for some new pieces, fabrics, and finishes. Get rid of those rickety, broken barstools and replace them with comfortable chairs. Not only will they look better in your restaurant, but your guests will be much happier sitting on something sturdy.

Your Dried Flowers

A dead giveaway that your restaurant is outdated is a trace of dried flowers. If you have those in any of your rooms, throw them out immediately. Dried flowers tend to collect dust and are extremely hard to clean. If you really love the look of flowers in your space, consider using the real deal. Just make sure to change them out when they start to die. Many restaurant owners ultimately come to the conclusion that live plants are more trouble than they're worth. However, you can still incorporate small, fresh flowers into centerpieces and table candles for a touch of life in your eating space.

Whether it be your furniture, your flowers, or your china, there are so many things that can make your restaurant look outdated. Taking the time to update all of these elements can make a huge difference.

Top Restaurant Design Trends You Need to Know in 2018

Jul 09, 2018

furniture

With all of the demands on a restaurateur's time, the design of your restaurant may not be your top priority. But for guests coming into your business to dine and enjoy cocktails, modern decor and trendy design can really impact their experience. And in this Instagram-obsessed social media age, the lighting, furniture, and overall aesthetic of your restaurant matters more than ever before.

So what restaurant design trends to you need to know to stay current in the cut-through restaurant industry? Keep reading to keep up with the year’s hottest restaurant design trends.

Say Goodbye to White Walls

This year, it’s all about strong colors and bold prints. Especially inside East Coast restaurants, bold color schemes like forest green and gold are popping up in a variety of establishments. Imagine the kind of colors you would see in someone’s home during the 1960’s. Those are the types of shades you should be incorporating into your restaurant this year.

In addition, wallpaper is making a major comeback in the interior design world. In the same way that bold prints are taking over the fashion world, eye-catching wallpapers are having a moment of their own. While these prints won't be appropriate for every space, they can be the perfect backdrop for lounges and more intimate areas of your restaurant.

Get Rid of Your Industrial Pieces

Take this year as an opportunity to get rid of your restaurant's industrial look. Yes, the era of exposed ducts and concrete everything is coming to a close. Replace your metal furniture with wooden and colorful pieces. Incorporate some solid wood table tops or wood table finishes rather than the marble we’ve all grown to love. We’re so used to using exposed brick and bare light bulbs, which can make a space appear very monotone. High quality, modern wood furniture can make a space feel warm and welcoming, just as long as your pair it with some color. Consumers expect wood furniture to last 15 years longer than other furniture. Because of this, you know the pieces will last you a long time.

Bring in the Plants

Different landscape elements are all the rage right now. In fact, there's a good chance you are within eyesight of a succulent right now. But there is actually so much more you can do to incorporate plants while standing out from every other restaurant on the scene. Consider devoting an entire wall to different living green pieces or get a little crazy and design your own indoor greenhouse. If your food is all-natural, you might even want to display a mini-garden where you will pick different herbs, fruits, and vegetables for the meals you make.

When your guests come through your restaurant doors, you can expect them to pay attention to a lot more than just the food and drink menu. Maintaining your restaurant's decor and aesthetic is extremely important. This year, get rid of your white walls, cut back on the industrial look, and bring in some plants.

Looking for modern restaurant furniture, commercial table tops, barstool chairs, and more? Contact GAR Products to review our most recent commercial furniture catalog.

‘Wood’ You Like to Buy a Table? Choosing the Best Tables for Your Restaurant

Jul 02, 2018

modern restaurant furniture

Whether you’re looking to update your old restaurant furniture or just starting out, setting the right mood for your restaurant is key in attracting and keeping customers. When you’re looking for modern restaurant furniture that sets your business apart from the rest, consider these factors when choosing the best table for you.

Type of Material

You might want the post-modern feel of a metal table to entice customers; after all, the table is durable yet sophisticated. Or maybe you’d prefer the cozy ambiance of a wooden table? Modern restaurant furniture needs to be durable but quality -- as a consumer, this has been proven to be the most important part in the selection process. While each type of table material comes with its benefits and drawbacks, investing in a high quality furniture brand will ensure your tables look good from day one to 100. Try mixing up the upholstery fabric or choosing a wood table finish to blend different aspects of design to set your restaurant apart.

Size

Any good restaurateur knows that various table sizes are key in both getting customers in and out quickly. Buying the same sized tables will create a uniform look, but it might stop the flow of customers moving through your restaurant. Consider the demographics of the area in which your restaurant resides: is it mostly families, or corporate professionals looking to grab a quick bite? Variable sizing will offer more seating options to a wider variety of groups and individuals throughout the lulls and bustles during the day.

Cost

It might be tempting to skimp on the quality of your tables if you’re looking to spend less and get more. However, the benefits of commercial furniture cannot be emphasized enough: it will last longer and look better. While some cheaper furniture options might offer the appearance of durable restaurant furniture, make sure to buy your modern restaurant furniture from a reliable manufacturer. This is the only way to guarantee the longevity of your purchase and the safety of your guests.

While a granite countertop may cost more up front, they often don’t depreciate in value. A wooden table top may be more affordable but require more maintenance. The type of furniture and the volume of traffic your restaurant receives are important factors to include in the final cost you’re willing to pay.

Selecting the right table is one of the most important parts of setting that ambiance -- after all, the table is where old friends get together, new couples find love, and business relationships are established. Take these factors into account when you consider purchasing your new commercial furniture.

50th Annual NJ Ad Club Awards

Jun 07, 2018

‘Making Memories’ Brand Video 2nd Place Winner