Restaurants Become Work Bars During the Day
I read about an innovative way to utilize the unused space inside restaurants that are only open at night on SpringWise.com a site based in London that tracks great ideas. There is a new outfit called Spacious that is organizing workers without offices who want a place besides their small apartments to gather and work. Voila, here is what they created.
I kept thinking of the many restaurants in the Valley that aren’t open during the day. Maybe they could use some extra revenue. Unfortunately, many of the restaurants that I can think of are actually closed for good, like Spoleto’s huge former space on Main St in Northampton and the former MRKT in South Deerfield that’s been shut for nearly a year. Maybe some of these landlords would benefit from an idea like this.
“Spacious finds large, upmarket restaurants in New York and repurposes them as office spaces during the hours when they are closed, usually from early morning until 5pm. Members, after a free trial day, can subscribe to Spacious locations for USD 95 per month, or USD 29 for a day pass. Guests can also be invited for free for an hour, and services include coffee and snacks and a text-based concierge. Restaurants, including L’Apicio in the East Village, operate the scheme on a profit share basis, and have reported that users often stay on to eat once the restaurant opens for the evening’s service.
These spaces would be especially useful for freelancers looking to take clients somewhere more upscale for important meetings. Could other spaces be co-opted in this way, such as schools or bars?”