How To Create An American Diner – 50’s Style!

american-dinerLustrous chrome bar stools, bright red booths, black and white chessboard-style flooring, large jukebox in the corner…ring any bells? It’s the 1950’s of course, or to be more precise – a 1950’s American diner.

It’s an iconic look that’s instantly recognisable the world over and while we can’t transport ourselves back in time – unless of course you’re Marty Mcfly that is – most people under the age of 70 won’t have experienced the sights, sounds, and smells of an authentic American diner. However that hasn’t stopped many retro enthusiasts from recreating a similar look in their cafe. Unsurprisingly, as anything retro is totally and utterly ‘de rigueur’ they are extremely popular. With this in mind, if you’re looking to grab a slice of the action, how do you go about creating a similar look?

It’s gotta be chrome

There’s something about chrome. It gives a flawless polished look while adding a touch of sparkle and glamour. American diners of the time were all about the chrome so it makes sense that yours needs to be too. Consider chrome/polished stainless table bases or a chrome bar rail or foot rest. How about adding a few pictures of the New York skyline complete with chrome picture frames? Alternatively the pièce de resistance would have to be a gleaming chrome jukebox

It’s got to be red

if you ask people to envisage one main colour in an authentic America diner it would have to be red. Not just any old red but deep Coca Cola red. Just imagine a smattering of sumptuous red booths interspersed with some fabulous red Werzalit table tops. They work so well against chrome it’s like a match made in heaven. Finally how about some flashing red signage in a great 1950’s retro font.

It’s gotta be black (with a touch of white thrown in for good measure)

While red and chrome go well together, black brings the whole look alive. The trick is to use just enough. How about interspersing black barstools in between the chrome/red furniture. Also consider black cushions which sit perfectly against the deep red both seating and finally don’t forget that black (and white) checker-board look floor. Ideally for best results it needs to be tiled, but a painted floor can look just as good if it’s done well.

So there you have it! Chrome red and black- these are the three elements that make up your 50’s American diner look. All you need now is a vintage espresso machine and some waitresses on roller skates and you’re up and running!

While we’re not advising to be the world’s greatest style gurus, here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we are purveyors of quality commercial-grade cafe furniture. We have a wide range of styles and designs to choose from, many of which would fit right in with a retro 1950’s look, so why not take a look and see what we have to offer. Don’t forget you can always contact us on 03 9357 9688 and talk to our experienced team for assistance.

3 Essential Facts To Consider For Pavement Dining

cafe-seating-outdoorThere’s nothing better than taking a seat at a pavement cafe with a glass of something long and cold sitting watching the world go by. While people watching is so ‘de rigueur’, there are other strong reasons why cafe owners should be falling over themselves to move their business out onto the street. The potential to maximise profit by instantly creating more floor space is something that many savvy business owners recognise, but before you take your business to the pavement there are some essential facts you really should consider. Let’s take a closer look.

Follow the guidelines

In Melbourne and the surrounding areas, councils have strict guidelines on the style and type of furniture you need so it’s necessary to make sure you adhere to them. Generally speaking all chairs, tables, and umbrellas should be of a temporary nature in that they can easily be removed at the end of the working day. All furniture needs to match your interior so that the area looks like an extension of your cafe. Furniture should be such that it doesn’t damage the pavement area (eg, acceptable caps on table and chair legs) and any fencing and boundaries which make the space ‘private’ should be avoided. Finally, pavement furniture needs to pass the pedestrian access test. Sufficient space is required so that two mobility aids or child’s pushchairs can pass each other comfortably.

License costs are location specific

Another important aspect of pavement dining is the variation in cost of a pavement license. For example if you’re located in a busy area such as the South Bank or the bustling areas of Collins, Bourke, or Lonsdale Street then you’ll pay considerably more than if you were located in an up and coming bohemian area such as Carlton or Fitzroy. Licenses can range from anywhere between $200 – $700 so do bear this in mind as it can have a big effect on your bottom line.

Existing infrastructure mightn’t be permanent

Despite all the rules and regulations surrounding obtaining a pavement license, Melbourne councils are actively looking to encourage pavement cafe culture. Clusters of cafes competing for business creates a thriving culture which many city councils recognise. That said, most councils require a minimum footpath space of 3.4 metres. This is deemed sufficient enough to accommodate seating without obstructing the flow of pedestrians looking to pass by. If there is existing infrastructure such as cycle hoops, bins, and planters, that might obstruct this much needed floor space, it may be possible to ask the council if they could remove and relocate them to another area.

So there you have it – 3 essential facts about pavement dining you really need to know. Here at Cafe Furniture Melbourne we have a wide range of commercial-grade outdoor cafe furniture available for you to browse and buy. Why not pop into our Campbellfield showroom, or alternatively, log onto our Cafe Furniture Melbourne website and take a look at what we have to offer. We also have an experienced team in place to answer any questions you have, so feel free to give us a call on 03 9357 9688.