Make it Comfortable for your Customers
Having an outdoor patio might not always seem appealing to customers, if the weather is not ideal. There are many options available to make sure that your customers have a comfortable and relaxing experience.
Umbrellas- make sure to offer table umbrellas, to shield your customers from the sun and heat
Heaters and Coolers- offering coolers on your patio can help cool off customers on hot days, so that they will stay longer. Likewise, consider placing heaters and firepits in your outdoor areas to bring welcome warmth on chilly nights and days.
Cushions- Some chairs, especially iron construction, benefit from cushions for added comfort. Be sure to add extra cushions where you can.
Bug Zappers- Keep away those pests and make sure your customers don’t get bit by providing bug zappers.
Keep the Space Clean
Make sure to provide plenty of trash and recycling cans around your outdoor patio, so that it does not become dirty or attract pests. Additionally, you will want to be diligent on cleaning tables when customers are done eating and sweeping up food debris from the patio. These are all things that can attracts pests and make your space look less inviting.
There is always a chance for inclement weather, regardless of the season. Make sure to take these actions when preparing your patio for inclement weather:
- Wipe down outdoor furniture after rain - not only to make your customers more comfortable, but to also maintain your furniture
- Have an emergency plan in place for extreme weather
Know where and how you will store your furniture in the off-season (if you live in an area that has one)
Advertise Your Patio Space!
Most importantly, let customers know about your outdoor patio space. Advertise to customers online or in person that you have an outdoor patio and that it’s open! You can also easily draw in customers who are passing by with lighting and decorations, or have signage that says that your patio is open for business. Make the atmosphere as fun and comfortable as possible; after all your goal is to continue to have customers come back!