As the coworking trend continues to gather pace, restaurants and pubs in cities around the world are now formally opening up their space for start-ups and freelancers. JLL Real Views explores why it’s catching on.
Cafes have long been a favourite makeshift work spot for freelancers and businesspeople in between meetings.
Now, a growing number of restaurants are looking to build on that set-up by formally getting involved in the coworking scene.
Like traditional coworking spaces, restaurant workspaces are outfitted with the essentials – power outlets, high-speed internet, and bottomless tea and coffee.
At the Mamounia Lounge in London’s Mayfair, for example, a restaurant whose ground floor is converted to coworking use from 11am to 6pm on weekdays, a membership comes with 40 percent off food and drinks, and a discount on private hire of the lounge.
“Coworking has been occurring in the F&B sector for a long time on an informal basis,” says Adam Griffin, Director, Foodservice Consulting at JLL. “With the popularity of coworking continuing to rise, many restaurants are now looking at it as a new opportunity to activate space during morning and afternoon periods that would otherwise be sitting empty.”
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