Furnishings & Fixtures

Consultant Q&A with Arlene Spiegel, owner/consultant, Arlene Spiegel & Associates, New York

FE&S: How does furniture used in commercial foodservice operations differ from other furniture?

AS: The furniture selection in a restaurant setting is as important to the overall brand as the menu, music and service. The fabric, frame material, size of seat, upholstery, weight and color all need to be considered as part of the brand as this sets the stage for the dining experience.

Product Knowledge Guide: Furniture

Choosing furniture for commercial foodservice operations is dependent not only on the type of restaurant but also its scale and menu. While a quick-service restaurant would go with simple and sturdy designs, a white-tablecloth establishment is more likely to provide more comfortable seating for longer stays.