How an Awning Can Save Your Restaurant
As restaurants around Central Florida gradually begin reopening toward full capacity, they are finding that not all customers are ready and willing to return to a traditional, indoor dining experience. Such reluctance to dine inside is largely due to safety concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus and fears that it can spread easily indoors. Fortunately, there is an answer for dining establishments that are struggling to reopen during the age of COVID-19.
Just as restaurant owners adjusted their business practices to increase curbside and take-out dining in recent months, they are now looking to provide enhanced outdoor dining options to accommodate their loyal — but cautious — customers who wish to support their business during such an uncertain time. To successfully meet the needs of their clients, restauranteurs must invest in an awning to make the outdoor dining experience as comfortable as possible.
Here are a few ways of installing an awning that can help save your restaurant.
Awnings Protect Your Customers
While Florida’s natural climate is optimal for eating outside when compared to other states, Central Florida’s notorious summertime heat and afternoon rain showers can throw a wrench into an otherwise pleasant dining experience. By installing an awning over your outside dining area, you can provide your customers with a comfortable, shaded area that is protected from Florida’s unpredictable outdoor elements. Be sure to select an awning that is wide enough to cover dining tables that are properly socially distanced.
Awnings Increase Curb Appeal
An attractive awning can also increase the visibility of your restaurant from the road — catching the eyes of hungry passersby and allowing them to recognize the quality of your outdoor dining accommodations. Ultimately, a well-covered outdoor dining area can make the difference between someone patronizing your restaurant over your competitor’s.
Awnings Create the Perfect Al Fresco Atmosphere
An awning over your restaurant’s windows, doors, or outdoor seating area is the first thing many of your customers will see. To make a lasting first impression, personalize your awning to include your restaurant’s logo, name, and contact information. You can even attach decorative hanging plants, ambient string lighting, or signage to your awning structure to add an intimate and relaxed aesthetic. Such signage can include promotional information or a reopening announcement that can easily be read from a distance.
Boost Your Business With a Custom Restaurant Awning
Available in different shapes, sizes, and frame and fabric material, the customizable restaurant awnings from Universal Awning & Sign can help enhance the look of your restaurant, protect your patrons from the elements, advertise your business, and make you stand out from the competition. Our experts will work with you to select a style that best meets your needs.
If you’re ready to get back in business with a new awning, contact us today at 407-328-7781.