Thursday, 30 June 2011
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Friday, 17 June 2011
Golden rule: avoid the last one left look and then there is the stainless steel platter, the plastic cloche and odd bits of fruit.
This joins the Horror Hall of Shame displays which will not tempt your mid-morning and mid-afternoon trade to open their wallets for anything to eat.
Labels: cake display
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Monday, 13 June 2011
Is nothing simple?
This blog celebrates the quirky but these toilet signs at The Botanist in Sloane Square don't make it easy. At least they get the place talked about.
Somewhat more obvious at a pub on the Oxfordshire Way
Labels: toilet signs
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Conran's Boundary Hotel's rooftop restaurant with multi-coloured seats plus sunhats (when hot) and rugs (when cold).
The man really is a genius at getting the detail right.
Colour Me Beautiful Part 1 at http://greatcafes.blogspot.com/2011/05/colour-me-beautiful.html
Leon's colourful picnic tables in Spitalfields Market
Friday, 10 June 2011
Thursday, 9 June 2011
The story is great.
My good mate and entrepreneur Stephen Minall saw an inexpensive but really well made counter-top heating unit at a trade fair and now has the exclusive rights in the UK.
It is made by the same German folk who warm your car seats.
Unobtrusive, washable and ideal for keeping hot food warm.
Sadly, I am not a shareholder; contact Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org and he can send you more details. I think Carbon Heater will be big.
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
We mentioned the road to retro in one of our early blogs - see http://greatcafes.blogspot.com/2011/03/return-of-doily.html - and now tea cosies have inspired a brand of tea. Granny better start knitting.
Monday, 6 June 2011
However, counter or self-service cafes are great when:
- you want to encourage the mid-morning and afternoon market where that cake sale depends on customers buying with their eyes
- customer numbers are inconsistent - ie due to weather or season - and you cannot afford to have expensive staff standing idle
- table-blocking and dwell time is a problem at peak periods when customers sit waiting for food to be delivered
- you want to keep a real value proposition because the customer does much of the service themselves
- customers like the self-selection process as in a supermarket or with a buffet
- coaches or large groups need to be served quickly
- finding and training smart, smiling, reliable, fast, English-speaking staff is an issue