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Uncomfortable chairs in good restaurants

Old Apr 16, 16, 5:05 pm
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Uncomfortable chairs in good restaurants

In the " good old days"a chair in a good restaurant was comfortable. You were comfortable enough to sit fora while, order an after dinner drink , talk a little after dinner. Nowdays I think chairs are a little uncomfortable on purpose to help restaurants turn tables. Stiff, hard, etc. Do you know any places that still encourage you to sit and order a bit more? Or all they all gone?
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Old Apr 16, 16, 6:43 pm
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THIS. I complain about this all the time. Especially the bar chairs where the seat is wood with no cushion and the chair "back" is 2 inches tall. I always end up standing at the bar making people around me uncomfortable because I don't want to sit in those stupid seats.
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Old Apr 17, 16, 3:28 am
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Grandma BamaVol has a walker that she sits in anywhere she goes. Something to look forward to when you're 90. . Unfortunately, it's too low to use at the bar.
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Old Apr 17, 16, 4:52 am
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Originally Posted by gungadin View Post
In the " good old days"a chair in a good restaurant was comfortable. You were comfortable enough to sit fora while, order an after dinner drink , talk a little after dinner. Nowdays I think chairs are a little uncomfortable on purpose to help restaurants turn tables. Stiff, hard, etc. Do you know any places that still encourage you to sit and order a bit more? Or all they all gone?
There's always that one restaurant in everyones list that has uncomfortable seating.
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Old Apr 17, 16, 7:29 am
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Our favorite bar has bar stools without backs. After a bit, I usually alternate standing and sitting, because the bar stools are uncomfortable.
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Our favorite bar has bar stools without backs. After a bit, I usually alternate standing and sitting, because the bar stools are uncomfortable.
That's what I do too when bar stools are uncomfortable.
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Old Apr 17, 16, 3:12 pm
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Originally Posted by kipper View Post
Our favorite bar has bar stools without backs. After a bit, I usually alternate standing and sitting, because the bar stools are uncomfortable.
I find I have a bigger problem when the barstools are too comfortable.
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Originally Posted by BamaVol View Post
I find I have a bigger problem when the barstools are too comfortable.
That can be a problem too
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Old Apr 23, 16, 3:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Intertraffic View Post
THIS. I complain about this all the time. Especially the bar chairs where the seat is wood with no cushion and the chair "back" is 2 inches tall. I always end up standing at the bar making people around me uncomfortable because I don't want to sit in those stupid seats.
I'm with you there. Usually they're expensive custom designed chairs meant to look good with the decor. Costs them over time when they miss out on regulars who don't want a bad back.

I don't get why people would like a bar where it's uncomfortable to sleep.
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Old Apr 23, 16, 4:51 pm
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Originally Posted by ou81two View Post
I'm with you there. Usually they're expensive custom designed chairs meant to look good with the decor. Costs them over time when they miss out on regulars who don't want a bad back.

I don't get why people would like a bar where it's uncomfortable to sleep.
I generally don't sleep at bars, so I don't care if it is uncomfortable to sleep there.
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NYC seems to have a massive trend towards small backless stools in the hottest restaurants. Salvation Burger comes to mind as a "restaurant of the month" - but also have seen this trend at places running near $100 a person. Momofuku Noodle Bar and the new Nishi from David Chang spring to mind.
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Originally Posted by Stephbaker View Post
This can be because restaurant owners do not have any knowledge of interior designing. They may not have an idea of color combination, selection appropriate design, etc. When they choose their restaurant furniture, they either do it on their own hereby selecting chairs which they feel comfortable. In the second case, they may also hire some interior designing firm or freelancer to give them advice. As a result, the designer may create a design and he/she may select a chair which suits the particular design which he/she created. Because of this, the restaurant owners do what they feel will make their restaurant look charming. Therefore, the end up buying uncomfortable chairs, tables, sofas to make their interior look attractive and they do not focus on client’s comfort. They should focus on buying furniture from specialist supplier who sell high quality chairs in bulk. Cost is definitely a factor and restaurant owners do have to stick to the budget but they should also keep the end goal in mind. Apart from the food, the client should feel comfortable sitting on the chair and using the table on which the food will be served. If they are comfortable they will surely return and even bring their friends. Hence, good restaurants should stop using uncomfortable chairs and focus on giving the best experience and comfort to their customers.
The design firm my employer used to design our new office has interior designers on staff. Everyone has the same style and color chair in our office. This would be fine, except the interior designer must be about 5'3". If one is taller than about 5'6" or has long legs, the chairs do not raise high enough for one to sit comfortably.
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NYC seems to have a massive trend towards small backless stools in the hottest restaurants. Salvation Burger comes to mind as a "restaurant of the month" - but also have seen this trend at places running near $100 a person. Momofuku Noodle Bar and the new Nishi from David Chang spring to mind.
My favorite dumpling place in Chicago's China Town has stupid little backless seats combined with tables you can't get your legs under. We'd had to change to delivery to get their scrumptious chow.
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Old Apr 2, 19, 2:08 pm
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I like to have a drink at the bar before dinner. But some of these bar stools are so terrible. The owners should sit in them for 20 minutes. Some of them are too high, so unless you are a skinny 20 year old, it's hard. And no place to put your feet.
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Old Apr 2, 19, 5:55 pm
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Originally Posted by vloglady View Post
I like to have a drink at the bar before dinner. But some of these bar stools are so terrible. The owners should sit in them for 20 minutes. Some of them are too high, so unless you are a skinny 20 year old, it's hard. And no place to put your feet.
The no place to put your feet is horrible.
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