Choosing and Organizing Your Restaurant Booth Seating

How many times have customers requested to be seated in a booth at your bar or restaurant? Booths are a popular seating option that keep guests comfortable while also bringing them closer together with friends and family. As you go about organizing your dining room, be sure to incorporate strategic restaurant booth spacing while also keeping your overall restaurant layout dimensions in mind. The suggestions below will help you select the right booths for your business, and the accompanying diagram offers ideas on how you can arrange your dining room to keep guests comfortable and make the most of your space.

Why Choose Booths for Your Restaurant?

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Booths are a great choice for any bar or restaurant for a variety of reasons. They not only enhance your guests' privacy and comfort, but also create less traffic and eliminate the need for servers to walk around all four sides of a table. Similarly, they add a touch of warmth to your front-of-house and are available in a wide variety of colors, styles, and designs.

Despite their higher initial cost, in the long run, booths provide one of the most cost- and space-efficient layouts you can choose for your dining room. For example, a four person booth covers around 3,000 square inches of floor space, while a four person table with a base and four chairs can exceed 5,000 square inches. In this case, choosing a booth provides 30% more revenue and allows you to seat more customers on your busiest money-making nights. Consequently, booth seating will help you save both valuable floor space and your bottom line.

Selecting the Perfect Booths

With the wide variety of dining room booths to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect combination of colors, designs, and styles for your bar or restaurant. For example, you can choose between single, double, wall bench, 1/2 circle, and 3/4 circle types in many different lengths, widths, and heights.

Additionally, you can select from a variety of welt cord, head roll, top cap, end cap, and outside back configurations. You might also consider pairing a wall bench with small tables, which allows for easy conversation among couples but can be quickly transformed into a larger table for big groups.

Creating an Effective Restaurant Booth Layout

When designing a booth layout for your business, considering restaurant booth seating dimensions is obviously very important. You should always make sure to factor dining room table sizes into your calculations, as well. A standard layout allows the table edge to align vertically with the outer edge of the booth seat, which results in a comfortable 16-18" seating depth. Booths paired with 30" wide tables require 72" from the centers of each top cap, while 24" wide tables only require 66". Ultimately, an awareness of booth dimensions for restaurant seating is one of the easiest ways to maximize the amount of guests you can serve, which will increase your business's profits.

For reference, here are the most common restaurant booth size standards, all of which are incorporated in the chart below:

Booth Type Booth Length Booth Width Seats
Single 46" 23" 1 person per 24" of length
Double 46" 44" 1 person per 24" of length
Wall Bench Customizable 23" 1-3 people per side depending upon length
1/2 Circle 46" 88" 2-4 people
3/4 Circle 88" 88" 4-6 people

Restaurant Seating Chart Example

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It is also important to note that when pairing a 24" table with a booth, cantilever table bases are your best bet. These tables are anchored to the wall underneath the table and offer strong support without sacrificing valuable leg room for guests. The diagram above presents a variety of different booth size and spacing combinations to give you an idea of how different configurations might work in your business.

Choosing and organizing restaurant booths for your dining room is an important aspect of keeping guests satisfied, comfortable, and coming back again and again. Whether you choose an upholstered button tufted booth for your diner or a wooden model for your upscale bistro, these items are also an aesthetically-pleasing addition to any space. Ultimately, booths are space-efficient, cost-effective, and the perfect addition to any foodservice business.

Posted in: Furniture | By Nora Fulmer

How to Use WebstaurantStore's Rapid Reorder Tool

If you operate a restaurant, bar, buffet, or catering business and order your supplies from us, then you should be taking advantage of our Rapid Reorder feature! This tool is unique to WebstaurantStore, and it ensures that your shopping experience is as quick and easy as possible. Read on for more information on this tool, its benefits, and how to properly use it.

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What is Rapid Reorder?

Rapid Reorder is a great feature that’s accessible to registered users. This tool allows customers to view all of their past purchases from WebstaurantStore, so they can quickly reorder an item without having to search for it again on the website. Not only does this feature make the user’s shopping experience easier, but it also shaves valuable minutes off the ordering process. To enjoy the benefits of Rapid Reorder, you must be a WebstaurantStore registered user. If you are not registered, you can do so here.

Benefits of Rapid Reorder

There are many benefits of the Rapid Reorder tool that make it such a great feature for WebstaurantStore customers! Check out the list below to see how Rapid Reorder can benefit you:

  • A detailed log of all your past purchases is kept.
  • The need to search the website for products you've already ordered is eliminated.
  • You don't have to look back at your paper invoices to find exact item numbers, since they're all listed out on the Rapid Reorder page.
  • You can adjust the quantity of the item on your Rapid Reorder page. For example, if one month you need to order 4 cases of plastic silverware, but the next time, you only need 2 cases, you can easily adjust that quantity.
  • Each item on the Rapid Reorder page links you straight to the actual product, so you can read its full description.
  • Your past purchases can be filtered by date ordered, item name, and item number for easy navigation.

When Should Rapid Reorder Be Used?

Any foodservice or hospitality professional who orders the same product more than once but doesn’t reorder consistently enough to benefit from using Auto Reorder, may find the Rapid Reorder feature convenient. For example, say you operate a cafeteria and order bulk amounts of disposables on a quarterly basis. You think you ordered enough products to last until the winter, but then you run out of dispenser napkins in October. If you really liked the specific napkins you purchased previously, but can’t remember their brand, style, or thickness, you can simply log into your account to view and quickly add the exact product to your cart for checkout.

How to Use Rapid Reorder

Check out the image below to see the step-by-step process of using the Rapid Reorder feature.

  • Step 1. Login to your account and navigate to the Rapid Reorder tab on the left side of your screen.
  • Step 2. Browse the list that includes every item you’ve ever purchased from WebstaurantStore to find the item you’d like to reorder.
  • Step 3. Locate the item or items and adjust the quantities, if needed.
  • Step 4. Add the item to your cart and continue the normal checkout process.

Now that you know how to use our Rapid Reorder feature, it's time to start shopping! By taking advantage of this tool, you're sure to save time during your shopping experience, allowing you to focus more on your business. If you have any questions about Rapid Reorder, feel free to contact our customer service team via phone or chat.

Posted in: Company Information | By Ashley Kufera

10 Ways Beer Makes You Healthier

We’ve all heard about the health benefits of drinking red wine, but what about different types of beer? As the craft beer movement grows, more studies are being conducted regarding the health effects of drinking beer. Surprisingly, our favorite brews are better for our health than we previously thought.

This post details ten beer health facts that explain why consuming this popular beverage is actually healthy in moderation, which is enough for us to raise our glasses in celebration. Cheers!

10 Positive Health Effects of Drinking Beer

1. Prevents Kidney Stones

Beer contains high levels of potassium, which acts as a diuretic. This effect is great for the overall health of your kidneys and can even help prevent painful kidney stones from forming. To further back this up, a study published in 2013 analyzed whether the consumption of different popular beverages increased the risk for kidney stones. As a result, researchers determined that beer and wine drinkers were associated with lower risk for kidney stones than soda drinkers.

2. Improves Heart Health

Beer can actually raise levels of HDL, which is the good cholesterol your body needs (as opposed to LDL, the bad type of cholesterol). Having higher levels of HDL lowers your risk of heart attack and hypertension. A study conducted over a period of 16 years also found that men who had high blood pressure but drank beer and other alcoholic beverages in moderation had fewer heart attacks and strokes than their non-drinking counterparts.

3. Contains B Vitamins

Your favorite cold brew contains several essential B vitamins, especially vitamin B6, which is important for hormone regulation and healthy brain function. In fact, beer actually contains more protein and B vitamins than wine, despite the fact that wine is often considered the healthier choice.

4. Enhances Brain Function

Believe it or not, drinking beer might actually aid your overall cognitive health. Researchers don’t completely understand this benefit yet, but a study conducted at the Linus Pauling Institute determined that Xanthohumol (a compound found in hops) increased brain function in young mice. They say that this finding will only help to further our knowledge of Xanthohumol’s benefits for humans.

5. Helps With Exercise Recovery

The polyphenols that are found in beer hops can reduce inflammation in the muscles and joints. A study at the University of Granada in Spain found that drinking a pint of non-alcoholic beer post workout was actually more hydrating than the same amount of water. While most of us don’t drink non-alcoholic beer, we can still benefit from the polyphenols found in regular draughts (although alcohol will, unfortunately, negate hydration effects).

6. Good For GI Health

Beer contains soluble fiber from malt, which is essential to the brewing process and aids in overall GI health. It also stimulates the production of necessary stomach enzymes. This benefit is especially helpful when we eat less-than-healthy bar foods with our beer.

7. Improves Bone Health

Beer contains silicon, which has been proven to keep bones strong. Silicon can also help ward off osteoporosis while lowering your risk of bone fractures. While calcium is still important for bone health, you shouldn't feel guilty for swapping a glass of milk for a pint every now and then.

8. Staves Off Type 2 Diabetes

Chemicals called isohumulones, which contribute to the bitter taste in beer, can act to keep blood sugars at a healthy level, reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Because beer is known by many as a source of “empty” carbs, this benefit may come as a pleasant surprise.

9. Can Prevent Common Colds

The antioxidants found in goji berries and acai are also floating around in your pint glass. These helpful chemicals are especially prevalent in fruit beers, and they work to keep the common cold at bay. So, the next time you feel a cold coming on, consider drinking a beer or two instead of the usual orange juice.

10. Relieves Stress

Finally, there’s nothing quite like the stress relief that comes from indulging in your favorite brew. Drinking beer is not only delicious, but can also lower your blood pressure and help you sleep better. The fact that many beer lovers prefer to drink while relaxing with friends could also lead to the release of stress.

So, if you were looking for an excuse to fill up a growler with your favorite beer, look no further. While this list describes the benefits of drinking beer in moderation, we think it should be enough to keep you from feeling guilty about sampling a few beers this weekend.


Posted in: Bar Supplies | By Sabrina Bomberger

Halloween Costume Ideas for Bartenders

Halloween night is all about revelry, debauchery, and thrills. It’s the one night of the year when you can get away with throwing on a sheet with two cut-out eye holes and calling yourself a ghost or dressing up as a “sexy” ___ (fill in the blank). But for those who have the unenviable task of serving up drinks all night to drunk and sloppy witches, zombies, or Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump impersonators, Halloween can be a nightmare.

Just because you’re bartending doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the festivities. As a twist on typical Halloween costumes, we’ve come up with a list of 10 characters from film and television that are closely associated with drinking culture. You'll also find links to some of the more difficult-to-find costume elements, many of which are available at affordable low prices.

Male Characters

1. James Bond

Perhaps no other fictional character is more closely tied to a drink than 007 himself. His famous quote – “A martini. Shaken, not stirred” – is considered one of the most memorable movie lines of all time. The consummate fashion expert, Bond has historically been a trendsetter with his suave style, a penchant for expensive tastes, and clever gadgets created by Q. When all of these elements are combined, they make for an interesting and memorable costume.

Costume Needs:

  • Three-piece suit ($69.99;
  • Black tie
  • Dress shoes
  • Attache case ($5.28;
  • Watch
  • Digital spy pen ($14.99;
  • Lighter
  • Replica pistol (be sure to keep it hidden)

Drink of Choice:

  • Vodka martini

2. The Dude from The Big Lebowski

Jeffrey Lebowski is not a bum. He likes to “just take it easy, man.” One of the ultimate laid-back characters of all time, The Dude (played by Jeff Bridges) has many hobbies, including bowling, driving around, and the occasional acid flashback. He’s rarely seen without his favorite drink in hand – a White Russian. The Dude abides.

Costume Needs:

  • Bath robe
  • Zip-up hooded sweater
  • Shorts
  • Jelly sandals ($34.95;
  • Sunglasses
  • Vintage bowling ball bag ($29;

Drink of Choice:

  • White Russian

3. Bluto Blutarsky from Animal House

John Belushi was a notorious party animal in real life, so he didn’t have to go too far out of his comfort zone to create the character of John “Bluto” Blutarsky in National Lampoon’s Animal House. The drunken degenerate at Faber College is in his seventh year of school and holds a 0.0 GPA. He likes to start food fights, smash acoustic guitars, and do the “alligator dance.” “Toga! Toga!”

Costume Needs:

  • Black "COLLEGE" sweatshirt ($27.95;
  • Plaid collared shirt
  • Plaid shorts
  • Sneakers
  • White socks

Drink of Choice:

  • Straight bottle of Jack Daniels

4. Raoul Duke from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

When it comes to excess, few people pushed the limits like Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. His semi-autobiographical character Raoul Duke (played by Johnny Depp) in the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the epitome of excess, downing just about every drug known to man in the span of a few days. Duke is quick-witted (when he’s not wasted) and ready to find the heart of the American Dream.

Costume Needs:

Drink of Choice:

  • Chivas Regal

5. Don Draper from Mad Men

Donald Francis Draper is a hard-drinking, chain-smoking advertising agent at Sterling Cooper advertising firm in New York City, circa 1960. He expects a moral code of honesty and chivalry for his assistants, but his own moral code is far from perfect, including adultery, alcoholism, and lying. Draper (played by Jon Hamm) does have an inordinate amount of style and panache for a character who has come to epitomize the stereotype of ’60s ad men. He also makes a mean cocktail.

    Costume Needs:

    • Gray two-button suit
    • Dark tie
    • White dress shirt
    • White handkerchief
    • Oxford dress shoes

    Drink of Choice:

    • Old Fashioned

    Female Characters

    6. Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones

    The queen everyone loves to hate, Cersei Lannister (played by Lena Headey) has been the master manipulator of the Seven Kingdoms and the de facto leader of King’s Landing for much of the series of Game of Thrones. Although initially fairly sound of judgement (if you ignore the incestuous relationship with her twin brother, Jaime), Cersei has taken to the bottle in later seasons, downing more than a few glasses of wine to ease her misery. With all her troubles, it’s probably going to take more than a barrel of wine to get her through the series.

    Costume Needs:

    • Long red velvet medieval-style dress ($21.99;
    • Gold belt
    • Gold necklace
    • Curly blonde wig ($9;
    • Wine goblet

    Drink of Choice:

    • Wine

    7. Meredith Palmer from The Office

    Meredith Palmer is the slightly mysterious, sexually-inappropriate, alcoholic, divorced, single mother who worked as the supplier relations representative at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in Scranton, PA. She’s prone to on-the-job injuries, including lighting her hair on fire or being run over by vehicles. More than anything, Meredith (played by Kate Flannery) loves her booze and routinely shows up hung over to work on The Office.

    Costume Needs:

    • Jumper dress ($24.95;
    • Vest
    • Turtleneck
    • Patterned button-up shirt
    • Red wig (cut to mid-length) ($7.87;
    • Red lipstick
    • Coffee mug

    Drink of Choice:

    • Red Stripe beer and hand sanitizer

    8. Leslie Knope from Parks & Recreation

    An avid lover of waffles, gender equality, and Nancy Pelosi, Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) is the cheerful and ambitious Deputy Director of the Pawnee City Department of Parks & Recreation. Leslie rises through the ranks during the course of the show, and the series finale implies that she eventually becomes President of the United States. Despite her professionalism and dedication to public service, Leslie still knows how to have a good time at local bars like the Snakehole Lounge and the Bulge.

    Costume Needs:

    • Grey suit jacket
    • Grey dress pants
    • Patterned collared shirt
    • "Knope 2012" election button ($4;
    • Plate of waffles

    Drink of Choice:

    • Margaritas and shots of flaming tequila

    9. Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development

    The matriarch of the dysfunctional Bluth family, Lucille Bluth is the conniving character from Arrested Development who goes out of her way to make sure her opulent lifestyle of plastic surgery and spa treatments never ends. Manipulative and amoral, Bluth (played by Jessica Walter) goes out of her way to play her children against each other for her own benefit. She also never turns down a drink if it’s presented to her.

    Costume Needs:

    • Brown bob wig ($8.87;
    • Fancy blazer
    • Long skirt
    • Elegant satin shirt
    • Pearl necklace
    • Brooch ($2.80;
    • Gold bracelets
    • Rings
    • Sunglasses
    • Martini glass

    Drink of Choice:

    • Just about anything

    10. Marion Ravenwood from Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Marion Ravenwood knows how to hold her liquor. The proprietor of The Raven tavern in Nepal routinely challenges unsuspecting customers to drinking contests for money without them knowing her legendary tolerance for alcohol. Marion (played by Karen Allen) is also one of the few people who can capture Indiana Jones’ heart. She comes along with him on his archaeological adventures in Raiders of the Lost Ark, ending up in a snake pit in Cairo, a Nazi U-boat in the Aegean Sea, and tied to a pole as the Ark of the Covenant is opened, melting everyone who directly stared at it.

    Costume Needs:

    • White linen collared shirt
    • Brown wool pants
    • Green and black scarf
    • Gold medallion ($3.05;

    Drink of Choice:

    • Shots of rye whiskey

    While you'd normally find them drinking their fill at the closest tavern, saloon, or nightclub, all of these characters from the silver screen and the boob tube would probably also be excellent bartenders. No matter who you choose to dress up as this Halloween, wearing a costume is sure to keep guests entertained and also earn you better tips.

    Posted in: Holidays | By Michael Yoder
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