Rocco Restaurant & Bar Opens its Patio

Italian restaurant in Etobicoke seeks the expertise of Seating Masters to configure a patio design for its venue.

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Leading commercial grade furniture distributor helps Rocco with its outdoor seating needs prior to announcing the grand opening of its patio.

Situated in a trendy lakeshore neighborhood area in Etobicoke, Rocco Restaurant & Bar offers a casual ambiance featuring a completely inspired Italian menu, delivery, social events, family dining and more. Patrons especially enjoy the cozy yet classy mahogany filled interior of the restaurant along with affordably priced yet exquisite dishes enabling them to dine in full comfort. Rocco’s 7-ounce burger customized with avocado, bacon, mushrooms, cheese, and caramelized onions was voted as a lunch favorite among most diners. Dinner at Rocco’s is just as exciting with an array of mouthwatering appetizers, flatbreads, pasta, and a variety of entrees to choose from. Most diners swear by the wild mushroom and truffle risotto and the restaurant’s signature dish – pomegranate glazed rack of lamb.

Having recently undergone a complete renovation under new management, the owners have blasted the Wow factor with their latest patio design. When the weather allows, diners particularly enjoy eating outdoors. The owners were looking to give the patio design for their outdoor seating a contemporary flare. But most importantly, they needed patio furniture made of premium construction to resist against the harsh weather elements. With over a decade of experience working in the food industry, they contacted Seating Masters who was more than happy to assist them with their project with the hope to strengthen loyal patronage among the community of Etobicoke.

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The only thing that separates longer lasting rattan from the look and feel of this material is durability. This Aluminum Patio Arm Chair with Black Faux Rattan guarantees just that. The patio chair’s back and seat is woven with synthetic rattan that requires very little maintenance. Supported by a tough yet lightweight aluminum frame, this chair is ideal for indoor and outdoor commercial use.  This weatherproof chair is designed to last many years of services which were important to Rocco’s owners. For only $61.00, this chair offers the best worlds of comfort, style and resilience which is why the owners order 32 sets.

A weather resistant table for a patio is just as important at a chair. Priced as the same as regular teak, this Plastic Teak Table Top is made from material that protects against water and UV damages. Starting at $80.00, this table top is available in a range of dimensions, shapes and colors. The X prong table base seemed like a practical assemblage that compliments most table tops. This cast iron base includes all the necessary hardware to create a long lasting robust patio table which is what the owners needed.

Learn more about Seating Masters’ wide selection of commercial chairs, bar stools, booths, table tops, table bases and patio furniture here: or contact a customer service operator at (888) 941-6888.

If you are looking for a fine dining experience in the Toronto area, swing by Rocco Restaurant & Bar located at 2083 Lake Shore Boulevard, Etobicoke M8V 1A1. Or dial (416) 251-5100 to inquire about the restaurant’s menu, services and hours of operation.


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Canada’s Leading Furniture Supplier Organizes the Seating Layout for Matsuya Japanese House










Restaurant Furniture Canada supplies Japanese steakhouse with new restaurant booths, tables and chairs in time for their grand opening.

A Canada’s prime leader in manufacturing and importing restaurant furniture, Restaurant Furniture Canada has lately offered their services to reorganize the layout and design of Matsuya Japanese House with a brand new set of restaurant furniture.

Located in Cochrane, a quiet town northeastern Ontario, Canada, is the home of word-class Japanese hibachi steaks, sworn by customers at Matsuya Japanese House. With the largest selection of dishes made from the freshest ingredients, Matsuya Japanese House welcomes diners from afar and within the community to experience their sushi creations and theatrics from their talented chefs. They invite you to try their signature special rolls, fresh sashimi, and their delectable succulent seared steaks. Their well-stocked cocktail bar offers customers a full selection of drinks they can enjoy. They even include an exquisitely designed banquet facility for customers to hold private events for special occasions upon making reservations.

While reorganizing their layout, managing staff at Matsuya Japanese House contacted Restaurant Furniture Canada for their expertise and guidance in selecting restaurant furniture that would complement their interior design.  “Our V-Shape back booths were their first choice” explained Restaurant Furniture Canada’s salesman Dan.  “Like most of our custom made booths, these restaurant booths can be made according to the customer’s specifications which are primarily the reason why the restaurant’s manager at Matsuya Japanese House selected them”. Starting from only $270.00, this restaurant booth can be customized in shape, length, or height.  Customers are offered a large selection of fabrics and vinyls to match the décor of their dining venue.










“From our selection of restaurant wood chairs, the manager ordered a set of 30 from our Premium Wood Ladder Back chairs”, commented Dan. Manufactured and assembled in the US, these restaurant chairs are available in 5 standard finishes. At $95.00 a piece with free shipping on ordering a set of 24 chairs or more, this chair is constructed of a 1 inch seat made of solid wood or a 2.5 inch thick high density foam padded seat. A matching bar stool and arm chair is available.

“The manager purchased our Resin Table Tops together with our Round Table Bases to complete his dining room” Dan further stated. Resin table tops fit perfectly in any restaurant, bar, hotel or lounge. With $50.00, each of these table tops ensures durability with their scratch and water resistant surfaces.  Made from cast iron, the round table bases come in a range of sizes. For $42.00, each round table base are designed to support Restaurant Furniture Canada’s collection of table tops.

To browse Restaurant Furniture Canada’s full selection of chairs, bar stools, table tops, table bases, booths and patio furniture visit or talk to a customer service representative at (888) 998-4222 for answers to all your questions on restaurant furniture.

Matsuya Japanese House is currently located at 214 Grande Blvd, Cochrane, AB T4C. For information about their business hours and services, they can be reached at (403) 932-0012.

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How to Make a Restaurant Seating Plan


Creating a restaurant seating plan is one of the crucial steps of the planning stage in opening a restaurant. The seating plan you design depends on several factors. One of the main factors is the type of restaurant you plan to open. Will it be a quick service restaurant, a family-style restaurant such as a diner, a fast casual restaurant, a café or an upscale bistro? Each of type of restaurants will have different layouts. A quick service restaurant will typically feature tables and chairs with easy to clean, fixed vinyl booths along the walls. Family-style restaurants or diners will typically have more booth with comfortable, fabric or vinyl upholstery. bistros will usually have a mixture of chairs, booths and bar stools. Making a seating plan will help you experiment with various seating layouts and find one that meets your needs.

The next important factor is the number of guests you plan to serve. To determine this you will have to take into account space requirements for the dining room and the maximum safe occupancy of your establishment as determined by the local fire department or county planning zone commission.

One of the first steps in drawing up your seating plan is measuring the interior space of your restaurant and its areas such as the dining room, the kitchen, storage, restrooms, server station waiting area and any other area that takes up floor space. The floor area of your dining room and patio if you have one will help determine your seating capacity and your seating layout.

The next step should include a detailed layout of your restaurant’s floor plan. The sketch should make note of windows and doors and include your measurements. The cashier counter and other stations should be included as well as anything else that will take up floor space. (more…)

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Teach Your Servers to Increase Sales


By investing the time to properly teach you servers how to sell better, you can significantly increase your profits. Waiters and waitresses should be more than just people who take orders and bring the food to the table. They are the restaurant’s sales agents. Training your servers to become sales agents can add to your bottom line and is more important than ever in this sluggish economy when fewer people are dining out. In order to turn your servers in a strong sales force, they will need the proper training.

First of all, servers should be using the menu as a sales brochure. They should not only know everything that is on the menu, they should also know the ingredients of each one. This is all the more important if one of your diners has an allergy which they mentioned and your server suggested a dish that causes a severe allergic reaction. Servers should also know the features and benefits of each dish so they can promote them with confidence.

Suggestive selling is very important when it comes to increasing profits. This is also known in the industry as “padding the bill”. Traditionally this used to refer to servers suggesting an appetizer, dessert or an alcoholic drink. This can also include suggesting a combination appetizers and an entrée to give the diner more of a selection. Servers should also suggest adding meat, poultry or seafood to a salad. Also have serves suggest sides to entrees such as mushrooms or cheese on steak or charging extra for including a small soup, salad, fries or other extra.

The profit margins on alcoholic drinks such as cocktails, wine and beer are big and these drinks can add a lot of dollars and cents to the bill. Servers should be suggesting drinks that quench thirst on hot summer days such as daiquiris, pina coladas or wine coolers on hot days. On cold days, suggest drinks that will warm up chilly customers such as brandy, whiskey, Irish coffee or hot buttered rum. Your servers should also be suggesting a wine to complement the meal, and they should have the proper training to know which wine to suggest. For example, bold red wine such as cabernet should be paired with red meat, cured meats and hard cheese. Rich white wine such as a Chardonnay should be paired with soft cheeses, seafood, starches and white meat. Beer is always popular and you can increase sales by suggesting the table share a pitcher or a carafe of wine. When ordering dessert suggest a night cap, but be sure your staff can tell the signs of intoxication and overselling alcohol. If they see guests are intoxicated,  try to prevent customers from driving home drunk because as the owner of the restaurant, you  could be liable if there is an accident. Suggest a taxi if your guests are intoxicated.

Keep an open eye and an open ear for special customers celebrating special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or other special occasions. Also they should be looking out for special phrases such as “I’m starving” or “what do you suggest”. For someone who indicates they are very hungry, servers should suggest the chef’s platter and a more expensive menu item such a prime rib for a diner that is looking for suggestions. If you have a dessert cart, have serves bring it by because most people eat with their eyes.

Selling may not come natural for all of your servers, so provide training sessions. The more enthusiastic the servers are about the menu items they are selling the more customers will buy. A smile also goes along way and friendly servers will increase profits, as will prompt service. A larger bill means a larger tip, so encourage your servers to sell as this will increase their income as well.




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Getting the Right Furniture For Your Restaurant

restaurant-interior  Top restaurants don’t only rely on good food and good customer service. Another factor that customers really appreciate is a comfortable space with good interior design. Restaurant Design is important to set the stage for the customers’ dining experience. The design of a restaurant must find balance between its ambiance and seating capacity. As an entrepreneur you prioritize about the customers’ maximum seating capacity to increase profit while at the same time making guests feel comfortable. This may differ on the type of restaurant. A diner may have more seating capacity while fine dining restaurants tend to put more effort on ambiance.

Choosing a go to place for lunch meetings, dinner dates, family gatherings or for a quick bite is easy if you know the basics about the restaurant’s menu, ambiance, seating capacity and location.

FAST FOOD: Also known as quick service restaurants which focus more on convenience, low prices, and serving the most number of customer in a minimum amount of time. The food menu is limited to burgers, fries, hotdogs, burritos, fried chicken and so on. It’s probably the most appealing type for most people on the go. The interiors of a fast food restaurant usually have bright colors such as yellow and red. They use metal chairs to give a strong support to their heaviest customers. The tables usually have reversible table tops or other type of laminate. These types of table tops are usually scratch and stain resistant and are easy to care for. Resin table tops are also popular for quick service restaurants as they are very durable and resistant to scratches, stains and nicks and have the appearance of wood.


FAST CASUAL: This has been a fast trending restaurant. It has upscale interior decor compared to fast food restaurants. They use high quality ingredients and the food is freshly prepared upon order. It offers a healthy menu which is ideal for customers who follow a strict diet. With its open kitchen design, customers may dine while watching their food being made while seated on a high chair stool. The table tops may be laminate or reversible table tops or a made of granite as these table tops are very durable and easy to care for. Steel is another common table top material for outdoor use or to blend in with a modern, industrial motif. Fast causal restaurants will usually have commercial chairs such as the metal ladder back chair. Metal chairs are ideal for these fast-paced commercial environments where there is heavy traffic. They are also easy to clean.


BUFFET: A go to place for people with big appetite where you can eat all you can. This self-service restaurant is usually packed with long tables for families. Seats vary from wooden to metal, depending on the kind of cuisine that they offer. Reversible table tops, laminate and veneer wood table tops are common for these types of restaurants because they are easy to care for. Restaurants and hotels that have buffets sometimes also have plastic tables and banquet stack chairs for extra capacity that can be easily stacked and stored.


CAFÉ OR BISTRO: Menu items can be simple; they usually serve coffee and sandwiches, and can range up to full entrees. This is a perfect go to place for casual dates; it has an intimate and relaxed ambiance. Outdoor seating is a trademark for cafes where they may enjoy their meal or coffee while smoking. These eateries will usually have solid wood or granite table tops. They give the interior a more sophisticated look and exude a warmer ambiance. These types of establishments will usually have wood chairs and bar stools for seating for a distinctive look.


FAMILY STYLE DINING: These types of restaurants offer waiting table service. Food is served in large platters where you share and serve your own portions. Customers are usually seated on booths providing a more cozy experience. These establishments will usually have solid wood or reversible table tops. The seating may feature wood or metal chairs.


FINE DINING: Fine dining requires a lot of attention to detail. You also need to have reservations months in advance before you get a taste of their food. You will get the best customer service experience in these restaurants. The interiors could vary from modern, minimalist to old fashioned. As the name implies, it offers the finest menu and ambiance for your dining experience. Seats are wooden but well cushioned keeping you comfortable while enjoying your food. You will not find reversible table tops in these establishments. These restaurants will usually have solid wood table tops and upholstered chairs as they have a more prestigious look and the investment in the high quality furniture and décor helps justify the higher prices, along with gourmet cuisine.

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Restaurant Food Safety – Protect Your Customers & Yourself

food-safety   As a business owner, your number one concern should be the health of your customers and your workers.  Being careless in food safety can cost you more than just profits, it could mean losing your business if someone gets sick or worse dies from food poisoning from your restaurant.  These days with the Ebola virus threatening a worldwide pandemic people are more concerned than ever about getting sick and restaurant that have reputations as being unsanitary or not following health and safety regulations will lose business.

Restaurants in China and Japan like McDonalds have reported heavy losses due to food poisoning due to unscrupulous suppliers selling meat that didn’t follow food safety standards. This is why it is important to know your suppliers and make sure they are following food safety regulations. One of the advantages of buying your food locally is you know where the food is coming from. You can inspect the source of your food or make sure the local health inspector ensures that they are following food safety regulations. Also the less distance your food has to travel from the source to your restaurant the greater chance that it will be more fresh and uncontaminated. When food like meat, dairy and fish have to travel long distances there is an increased change for bacteria or viruses to grow and spread especially if the food has not been properly refrigerated or kept at the correct temperature throughout the journey from the farm to your business. The is also a greater chance of contamination since typically when food is traveling long distances more people are handling the food. (more…)

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