You probably have heard of the term “coworking restaurant space” floating around within the last few years. What does it mean, and are they important spaces to have?
We are going to be taking a look at what a coworking restaurant space is, as well as the pros and cons of having them.
Let’s take a deeper look and see if this modern idea is worth keeping around in the future.
What is a Coworking Restaurant Space?
A coworking space is an area where small startup companies, freelancers, and entrepreneurs can come and work as they please freely. Having a coworking restaurant space simply means that this place is in a restaurant and allows the workers to order lunch and/or dinner while they get their work done.
This term “coworking space” has become immensely more popular over recent years because of the rise of startups that don’t spend 9 AM to 5 PM in a traditional office setting. Companies like this often want to curate an environment to facilitate coworking.
Now that you know what the terms mean, let’s talk about the benefits of having and using a coworking restaurant space.
Why Should We Have Them?
There truly are a lot of great aspects to coworking restaurant spaces, both for the restaurants and the companies/individuals using them.
For one thing, typically the fees for a space like this is going to be a lot less than what you would pay a company that specializes in this. Like we mentioned before, using a company like WeWork is going to cost you significantly more because they have to find a specific space to rent, etc. The numbers will vary of course, depending on the area you live and the location you choose, but overall, it will be less expensive than other coworking space options.
The restaurants that participate in it benefit quite a bit as well. They are able to fill up unused space during the day, especially because a lot of these places aren’t open during lunch hours anyway. It is also a great way for them to advertise, and some locations will even offer deals to those coworking there to get them to stay after work hours.
This type of space is also ideal for someone who works at home all week long. It can be a lonely experience, and getting out of the house often gives you inspiration and fresh ideas. Having a space you can go during the week instead of your own home is a great way to ensure you aren’t always stuck at home while working.
There are a few drawbacks to this design as well, so let’s take a look at those too.
The Cons of a Coworking Restaurant Space
If you are working on something extremely private, a coworking space may not be the best option for you. You are most likely going to be surrounded by strangers that don’t all work with you, so it will be less easy to have a private conversation. Depending on what type of work you do, this may or may not be a deal-breaker.
Coworking restaurant spaces are of course not going to have their own HR departments. If there are squabbles or clashes between different personalities, they will have to be handled between the actual parties involved.
While it is cheaper than renting your own building, coworking in a restaurant is not as flexible. You are generally given hours between about 9-5 to complete your work, so if you need to get work done before or after that point it will have to be done elsewhere.
For those who work on their own at home, they may still find a coworking restaurant space cost-prohibitive. A library or cafe will still have free Wi-Fi and won’t require additional money to use.
Our Final Thoughts on Coworking Restaurant Spaces
There are a lot of different pros and cons to weigh when it comes to coworking restaurant spaces. Overall, we absolutely love the idea and think it is a great opportunity for a lot of different people and companies.
Depending on the size and needs of your company, this may be the perfect solution to your office problem. Make sure to always weigh the pros and cons and to pick a coworking restaurant space that is perfect for you.
What are your thoughts on this type of coworking space?