If you grew up in the United States, you’ve probably been to a buffet at some point in your life. The first buffet, as we know it, was created in the 1940s, in a Las Vegas hotel as a way to keep gamblers happy late into the night. The rest is history.

These days, buffet restaurants can be found anywhere in the country, and abroad. If you own a restaurant and feel like switching things up, try getting a solid wood buffet table. There are plenty of reasons to get a buffet table, and we’ll talk about them here.

1. Save Money

Turning your restaurant into a buffet is a great way to save money. You don’t need to cook meals made to order. Instead, you make a pot of everything and let people serve themselves.

Since you aren’t cooking as much food, you won’t need to buy as many ingredients. This will drop costs by quite a bit in the long run. You also save money on hiring waitstaff. Even if your restaurant is small, that’s still less money that goes to paychecks each week. 

Keep in mind that you will need to cook more every once in a while, either when a dish runs out or when it starts to go bad. The rule, according to the FDA, is two hours if not kept heated or refrigerated. That’s much easier than cooking something new every few minutes.

2. Happy Customers and Employees

Have you ever been to a restaurant and found a dish you almost want, but one ingredient or side dish didn’t appeal to you? Buffets allow people to avoid this dilemma and choose what they want.

There will always be a few non-negotiables that have to go together, but not as many. There are also fewer limits, so customers can have as much or as little as they want. This means that you don’t have to figure out how big to make a dish.

The lack of waitstaff in a buffet plays a role in happiness, as well. Customers might be a bit more comfortable about not having to talk to people they don’t know, even in a non-personal way.  This is also true for your staff. Not every customer has a story of a bad waiter or waitress, but everybody in customer service has dealt with unpleasant customers. 

3. Many Options

A major advantage of a buffet is that it allows you to create a wide range of options. There doesn’t have to be a theme unless you want one.

The wide range of options also allows you to cater to all sorts of dietary restrictions and preferences. You can have vegetarian and vegan options, gluten-free options, low-calorie options, and anything else you can imagine.

Many restaurants have themes, but also offer exceptions. Perhaps you run a Southern-style buffet, but don’t want to exclude people who don’t like Southern-style food. You can offer a few more generic options, like pizza, or sliders. 

4. Easy Preservation

 Buffet tables can get quite advanced, and some come with spots to place heating and cooling equipment. Upgrading tables isn’t always necessary, although it is an advantage. Many buffets line up chafing dishes, which are designed to keep food above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also fill the bottom with ice to keep food cold. 

Buffet tables are large enough that they can hold a whole row of chafing dishes. One table doesn’t make a buffet, though, so you’re better off getting two or three.

5. Presentation

Presentation counts for a lot when running a restaurant. When you own a buffet, you can do a lot with presentation. Decorating the buffet and restaurant tables can go a long way towards adding ambiance to a restaurant.

The tables themselves can be part of the decoration. A solid wood buffet table can give people a great impression, especially if you take care of it. We recommend investing in luxury tableware as well. If you want to make a good impression, why not go the extra mile?

Plating is an under-appreciated option for buffet restaurants. How you present food can affect your customers’ opinion of you and the restaurant. Putting food together in a creative way often makes it look more appealing. While your ability to do this will be limited in a buffet, there might be occasions where you can. 

6. Easy Storage

Buffet supplies are easy to store. The great thing about running a buffet is that you don’t have to store the tables. As long as you clean them often enough, you can reuse them for as long as you want. 

If you have to store your buffet tables, you’re in luck. Many of the companies we represent design their tables with storage in mind. Some of them can be stacked, others broken down into smaller pieces, and some that save space in other ways. Most buffet equipment was designed to fit into a truck, so it should fit just as easily in a storage room.

Some advanced buffet tables have built-in places for holding plates and silverware, which makes storing them much easier.

7. Mobility

Mobility often goes hand-in-hand with storage. Things designed for easy storage, are often also designed for easy transport. Many buffet tables might come with wheels.

Part of the reason for this is catering. The catering business often uses a buffet model of service, because it’s much easier to pre-cook the food and bring it to the event and allow guests to serve themselves.

Why You Should Invest in a Solid Wood Buffet Table

A solid wood buffet table is a great way to enhance your restaurant. Offering a buffet saves you money and makes it much easier to run your restaurant. It’s also easier to store and move parts of your restaurant if it’s necessary.

We’ve discussed some of the benefits of buffet restaurant tables here, but there’s always more to learn. We encourage you to read our blog if you want to learn more. 

If you’re looking for custom wood buffet tables, banquet tables, made-to-order buffet furniture solutions or similar products, contact us. We’ve been doing this for years, and we’re happy to help.