Why restaurants are throwing their hat into the coworking ring

June 18, 2019 Sanjana Saluja

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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