It’s a fact: restaurants with outdoor seating make more money. FastCasual.com reported in 2015 that restaurants with outdoor seating see increases in their revenue of up to 30%. That’s a huge bump and a giant return on your investment for installing a patio space. Outdoor seating is a popular option here in Dallas, where many restaurants packed on the weekends offer an outside seating option. It’s a great place to cool off after a hot day, enjoy the Texas sun, or see and be seen in the hippest areas of town. With over 3,500 restaurants in the Dallas area, a great patio can be a wonderful way to make your establishment stand out from the crowd.

If your restaurant doesn’t already have a patio, it’s time to invest. It can help bring vital new business in a crowded restaurant market. So how do you get started?

Find the right contractor.

Working with the right contractor on your patio installation is going to make the entire process much easier. They’ll be able to use their experience to help you find solutions to issues, save money, and get the job done right. A great contractor can guide you through the process with minimal disruption to your business and make it as stress-free as possible. Look for reviews online for local Dallas contractors if you don’t already have someone that you trust. Look for contractors who have restaurant renovation experience, and ideally, someone who has experience with patios, too.

Look for cost-saving measures.

There are a number of things you can do to help save on the cost of your restaurant patio. Think about buying your commercial patio furniture second hand or expanding a current outdoor space instead of starting from scratch. Using real stone veneer is another great idea. This allows you to get the look and feel of stone without the cost. Because real stone veneer is made from actual stone, it’s still just as durable and resistant to the weather. You get all the same benefits, but it’s most more affordable and goes in much quicker so you can start bringing in your revenue sooner.

outdoor stone veneerenVision has real stone veneers that you’ll love! You can pick your color and style and we’ll do the rest, working with your contractor to bring a fresh look to your patio space. Our stone veneers are durable and beautiful and can be applied to both vertical and horizontal surfaces so you can create a gorgeous outdoor space without the big expense. It’s ideal for floors, walls, and even stone seating!

Get locals excited about your new seating options.

Make sure you advertise that outdoor seating is coming to your restaurant! It’s a good idea to run a marketing campaign around the new addition to your restaurant and encourage locals to come try it out. Offer special food and drink deals for those on the patio and let the word get around that your new patio is the hottest spot in Dallas. Encourage people to leave reviews about your restaurant and the patio in particular on sites like Google and Trip Advisor to bring in even more buzz. Before you know it, your outdoor seating area will be packed and you’ll recover the costs of your expansion in no time. It’s a smart move for your business!

Ready to start creating your new outdoor space? Have your contractor get in touch with the enVision Stone team. We’ll work with them to create your restaurant patio and make it something really special. They can give us a call or contact us through our website to learn more about our products!