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Preparing Your Restaurant Patio for Seasonal Business

Posted by Craig Zola on Mar 30, 2020 11:00:00 AM

If you’re thinking of adding a patio space to your restaurant (or preparing your existing outdoor space for seasonal patio dining), you could be on your way to a significant revenue boost.

Adding an outdoor patio to your restaurant can increase gross profits by up to 65%, depending on how much you invest in the project. Research by restaurant and hospitality consulting company Vucurevich Simons Advisory Group found that an investment of $200,000 in an outdoor dining space could yield a gross profit of over $500,000.

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Outdoor Dining: History, Benefits, and Inspiration

Posted by Craig Zola on Mar 16, 2020 8:00:00 AM

“Would you like to be seated inside, or on our patio?”

Especially when it’s nice outside, many people would say, “Patio, please!”

Whether you call it outdoor dining, picnicking, feasting en plein aire, or eating al fresco, enjoying a meal outside is very much a part of everyday life, particularly in warmer months. But where did this tradition come from, and is it still alive and well today?

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Selecting the Right Commercial-Grade Outdoor Patio Enclosure

Posted by Craig Zola on Mar 2, 2020 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to commercial buildings, adding new outdoor spaces (or taking existing outdoor spaces to the next level) is a great way to add interest and boost value.

But depending on location, you may want a layer of protection from the elements. That’s where outdoor patio enclosures come in. Whether they’re year-round or seasonal, enclosures can increase the function of outdoor spaces.

How do you know which commercial-grade fabric is right for your outdoor patio enclosure project? Here are a few of the most important factors to consider:

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Indicators That Your Waterproof Canopy is Actually Waterproof

Posted by Mike Gatti on Nov 25, 2016 1:39:00 PM

In almost all cases, it’s extremely important for canopies to be waterproof. Even if your area doesn’t get a lot of rain, the canopy needs to protect people from rain and to not be affected by rain in other negative ways when it does occur. If you were under the impression you had bought a waterproof canopy but it’s now starting to leak or show signs of water damage, you may have bought a canopy that was simply water resistant or made waterproof in a short-term way.

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Shade Sail Structures and Point Attachments

Posted by Craig Zola on May 3, 2016 10:30:53 AM

When you hear the term “shade sail” you probably think of things like boats and marine products. But in actuality, a shade sail is far from that; it’s a shade structure that is not only innovative and aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and versatile.

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Awning Fabrics Comparison: What’s the Right Material for You?

Posted by Craig Zola on May 14, 2014 10:59:00 AM


Awnings are an important energy and money saving structure that most homes should have. Awnings save energy and can reduce temperatures by 8-15 degrees. Awnings can also reduce air conditioning costs up to 25 percent! And most importantly, awnings protect your family and your home from sun damage and ultra violet rays.

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Awning Project Spotlight - Natura

Posted by Craig Zola on Oct 31, 2013 8:49:00 AM

The October Project Spotlight is located at the Orange County Convention Center. This is the location of the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013.

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The Best Fabric for a Waterproof Patio Cover

Posted by Craig Zola on Jul 9, 2013 1:00:00 PM

Choosing fabric for waterproof patio covers is a task that cannot be undertaken lightly. In commercial applications, your patio cover may be the first thing that your customers see as they enter your premises. If you're in the hospitality sector, you understand the advantage of using waterproof fabric for your entrance awnings, as this creates a warm and welcoming area for guests as they cross your threshold. In addition, as outdoor dining has become more popular, eateries offer their clientele the option to gather on patios.

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Choosing the Right Awning Style

Posted by Craig Zola on May 30, 2013 1:37:00 PM

Choosing exactly the right material and framing style for your awning requires a handful of information.

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3 ways to maximize awning energy savings

Posted by Craig Zola on Apr 11, 2013 9:59:00 PM

You have always wanted to enjoy the outdoors without having to be scorched in the hot sun especially during warm summers. To begin thinking about awnings, it is necessary for you to understand which house direction has shade and how the trees help in creating shades. This is important because you can then determine where you want to place awnings. Awnings can be very helpful in saving you air conditioning energy costs from the sun’s rays heating up the inside of a home. Awning energy savings can be influenced by the type of fabric that is chosen.

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