Across the US, restaurants have been feeling the rattling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With shelter at home orders and strict social distancing guidelines in place in many states, restaurants have had to quickly pivot to primarily take-out dining. Now that states are beginning to open, how restaurants are complying with state guidelines to remain open and get creative with how they serve their dine in customers while keeping them safe.
What does the future of “dine-in” service look like?
For many places in the US where cases are still on the rise, “dine-in” services are being taken outdoors so restaurants are complying with state guidelines to stay open and serve their patrons, while keeping everyone safe. Health officials have repeatedly made statements supporting outdoor distanced activities, as there has been increasing research that COVID-19 is less likely to transmit person-to-person outdoors. The ‘alfresco’ dining style that is popular in European countries such as France and Italy is making a comeback in the US. With business moving outside, restaurants have been in demand for layouts and furniture that is outdoor friendly. Temporary structures have been a primary avenue for restaurants to stay in business, while keeping their customers safe and distanced from one another.
What kind of temporary structures are restaurants using?
As we peek into a post-pandemic world, it has become clear that the hospitality industry will continue to be impacted by occupancy constraints and continued distancing guidelines. Third party companies, such as Choura, have developed initiatives to support local dining options in expanding their open air dining facilities. Choura has pivoted from setting up stages and tents for large events such as Coachella, to using their warehouse full of resources to provide useful layouts and builds for local restaurants. This redirection of resources has included outdoor furniture and decking that can be quickly set up and arranged to fit the needs of the restaurant. Wooden decks, slat table dividers, street barriers create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for patrons. Additional materials may include umbrellas, string lighting, and plants, for shade and ambiance. These resources come in a variety of paint colors and wood stains to compliment the style of each restaurant. These affordable and reliable builds allow for local restaurants to keep their doors open during this time of uncertainty and economic hardship.
What do restaurant owners think of this idea?
Feedback from restaurant owners in places such as Laguna Beach and San Pedro has been positive overall. Laguna Beach restaurant manager Bernard Delao said, “It’s going to add to our business, and we’re going to be able to recoup some of the losses that we’ve had over the last couple of months, being closed. I think it’s a good opportunity for all of the businesses down here, to help us get back in the swing of things.” Restaurants in both locations have reported increases in reservations and happy customers in their first weeks with the new temporary structures.
Where can you find restaurants that have implemented these outdoor structures?
Choura continues to provide outdoor decking, layouts, and furniture to an increasing number of small businesses throughout Southern California. Right now you can visit these restaurants in San Pedro, Long Beach, and Laguna Beach. Choura crews have been hard at work in these locations to create “parklet” platforms that are flush with the curbs and extend out into the streets in long, narrow formations. These “parklets” also include concrete K-rails around the edges to protect diners from the street traffic. These socially distant tables on curbside platforms, in certain cases, can provide as much seating as is usually available indoors. Check out more information on visiting restaurants with temporary outdoor structures, or adding a temporary structure onto your restaurant here.
Make your outdoor events extra vibrant with appealing outdoor builds from us. Choura is here to put everything perfectly in place by using top quality materials. This is how we ensure that every event remains a memorable one.
We offer temporary tenting and structures for schools, sporting events, churches, music festivals, and medical emergency response services. No matter the type of tents or structures you’re looking to create, whether it’s the frame, custom, pole, or clear span tents, we’ve got you covered. We stand out because of how versatile we are. We have added services and accessories that add to the success of your business. You have little to worry about.
Another thing that makes Choura unique is our scalability. Our tenting inventory can handle any unique request. With us, you don’t have to worry about having enough space because we give you just that–more room.
International Ad Tech company, The Trade Desk was looking to create a unique experience for their local offices in Downtown Los Angeles. Choura set out to do just that, producing a multi-sensory event engaging the employees and aligning offices on the values of the company.
With environments in mind, our team built an outdoor playzone for employees to enjoy filled with a custom basketball court, game area, giant slide and ferris wheel.
To make the event special to The Trade Desk, Choura’s creative and fabrication teams were able to create custom experiences for all guests. From the entry custom arch through the path to palooza with inspirational walls, to the ‘barcade’ designed to look like original Nintendo controls and equipped with video games, to the zen lounge and campground lounge, our team was thoughtful in the approach and ended up with a memorable experience.
For over seven years, Choura has partnered with the Pebble Beach Company to help deliver its iconic experiences such as the Pebble Beach Concours and the AT&T Golf Championship. In 2019, we partnered with the company on the US Open Golf Championship building 300k square feet of tenting and custom flooring with a 30+ person crew over the course of the 3-month installation.
For the most celebrated athletes in golf, Choura helped house the platform for golf’s most esteemed players with a 90+ day build that incorporated custom structures, flooring solutions, spatial designs, and architectural engineering.
Choura has worked with the venue for over 5 years creating luxury experiences for various automotive and sporting clients as well.
As a long-standing partner of the event, Choura brings a collective 20 years experience building and producing miles of structures spanning Long Beach’s longest raceway. Our production team works alongside the organizers to deliver all the event infrastructure and equipment, while our creative team jumps in to design activations and lounges for VIP’s and sponsors.
Each year, the event organizers team up with Choura exclusively for all tenting, furniture, flooring and structures, built to withstand over 185k+ attendees in a 3 day period.
The 31 day installation spans all of Downtown Long Beach and utilizes frame, festival, and jumbotrac tents as well as minibeam structures, cabanas, and more. Over 500’ of glass wall and doors line the pit row.
Choura helped to make it possible for restaurants to reopen safely with custom safety solutions and build innovations. WeChoura partnered with highly-trafficked Orange County communities and high-profile Hollywood restaurants to create socially safe outdoor dining areas during COVID-19.
To help Orange County and Hollywood restaurants keep their patrons safe and their doors open, Choura worked with the city and local businesses to deliver the most extensive build-outs in Southern California.
Projects across Laguna Beach’s highly-trafficked Forest Ave, Craig’s in Hollywood, and various others included over 3,600 square feet of level ADA-compliant raised decks, stained plank flooring, planter boxes, artist walls, and curated lighting designs. Clients and patrons enjoyed the builds so much that many advocated to keep the spaces up even once social safety protocols lift.
Additionally, Choura produces a variety of sanitation kiosks with a spectrum of branding options and sizes ranging from 8’’ X 50’’ to 16’’ X 59’’ and larger. From slim dispenser stands to larger, multi-dispenser stands, each can be customized, are ADA compliant, scratch resistant, and suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
Building for hospitals in need, choura quickly pivoted to produce emergency facilities for first responders amidst the pandemic. Choura was able to use its resources and expertise in building to provide peace of mind during the COVID-19 pandemic by redeploying its team to build testing and triage facilities for local hospitals.
When the crisis hit, Choura provided triage facilities and hospital extensions for dozens of Southern California centers including Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Facility, Lakewood Regional Medical, Long Beach Memorial Hospital, and others.
The comprehensive constructions were fully functional temporary structures, complete with flooring, lighting, HVAC, walls, generators and power, negative air entry, and technical elements to ensure first responders had the space they needed.
Zoundindustries needed to make an impression at the year’s largest tech conference with a 3-build showcase of their partners: adidas, Marshall, and Urbanears.
The three unique builds required attention to lighting and placements that best highlighted the latest products for buyers.
All parts and materials were carefully crafted and assembled first at our Southern California warehouse to ensure the perfect fit for the real deal onsite.
Our teams worked with venue management to carefully deconstruct each build and ensure no damage to materials or site.
Participating in one of AdWeek’s largest industry gatherings, true[X] tapped the creative brains at Choura to create a space that personified the brand’s ethos and allowed true[X] executives to connect with other industry leaders.
We reinvented a stale hotel room into an executive oasis. Inspired by SoHo House and the brand’s identity hallmarks, we installed precise flooring, full hedge wrapping, and tailored decor to transform the space.
Impactful demo stations equipped with accessible and sleek custom-fabricated digital storage units paved the way for better connection and networking opportunities.
Over the years, Netflix has enlisted Choura’s team of experience builders to help bring to life diverse initiatives for Netflix showcasing upwards of 16 of their shows through scenic builds at their events Recently, we helped create an employee appreciation event for 1200 top Netflix leaders.
By connecting a strategic layout design, highly engaging experiential concepts, and custom-fabricated builds, we were able to produce a memorable experience for all in attendance.
We continue to partner with Netflix for experiential programming across internal events and original content platforms.
As a brand that’s continuously evolving, Facebook wanted to stand out on the tradeshow floor. To help the tech giant, Choura’s fabrication team created modular structures that covered Facebook’s business and branding objectives.
We created a double decker structure housed with upper and lower level private meeting spaces that were fully equipped for executive presentations.
We executed a flexible build strategy to repurpose components of the larger execution across multiple shows.
Each structure utilized internal wiring and electric outlets as well as local Wifi hotspots to keep teams working and charged.
As Vital Protein’s preferred partner for all trade show and retail pop-ups, Choura works with the brand on their goals for all market needs. We’re able to utilize that information to design mutli-use builds to highlight the brand’s latest products for key retailers and consumers.
To keep with the pace of the brand’s growth, our build strategy required modular components that could easily be updated without a complete build overhaul.
To maintain the integrity of the design and quality across multiple shows and events, Choura created custom travel boxes for safe transportation and storage.
Nationally recognized, Amazon enlisted Choura and team to create a unique activation at the famous Comic-Con event. We took the project on, producing a must-see experiential moment introducing fans to acclaimed Amazon shows by recreating iconic scenes through an immersive build.
Choura introduced specialized flooring to weather hundreds of thousands of fans. The structure was thoughtfully created to gain ample exposure while still allowing fans to feel that intimate connection with the brand.
Positioned on the highly trafficked corner across from the convention center, the build was branded to maximize visibility.
The structure housed digital and augmented interactions, including VR activations that allowed fans to step inside their favorite shows.
For over 4 years, Choura has had the privilege to partner with global conglomerate AEG on many of their brand activations. In 2020, we had the opportunity to create an epic experience at the 62nd Annual Recording Academy Grammy Awards. Our team stepped in to produce creative and unique red carpet and afterparty experiences for talent and executives.
Choura delivered a memorable pre-party and afterparty for AEG execs and talent, utilizing our own high-end furniture and decor collection.
We commissioned floral artists and our lead producers to create ornate hanging installations and centerpieces providing that wow factor as guests entered.
Our team was able to create a number of headline moments for the event including, the custom-fabricated bars and an entry piece that inspired guests with AEG values.
For over 17 years, our teams have partnered to deliver the iconic two-week tournament for the largest tennis event in the world. Most recently, we had a new goal put on our team: to attract new audiences and re-engage legacy ticket-holders. To achieve such goals, Choura reimagined key builds with a creative and strategic approach in mind, developing experiential concepts throughout the space.
To maintain the cultural relevance of the event, our team designed cornerstone builds and activations with a consistent theme to tie the 88 acres together and excite new fans.
We looked at every piece individually to inject the goals of Desert Champions in every build – from custom sponsor bars, a reimagined restaurant, and retail village.
The experience required a full team of production specialists from each key division to build from the ground up — including furniture selections, creative design, structures and engineering, event production, and overall marketing strategy.
From its inception in 2019, the BeachLife Festival organizers turned to Choura and their expert teams to help them build a one of a kind festival experience in the South Bay. From creating one of a kind structures, to sponsor activations to the design of a fully functioning layout, we delivered a seamless production for fans and top talent.
An organized project team kicks off the project months in advance to align on event goals and set a plan into motion.
The unique venue required an environmental design that considers safety restrictions, fan traffic flow, and positioning of multiple stages and sponsor activation areas.
Since working with the BeachLife team from the beginning, our team understands its goals on a granular level and have made structure investments and strategies to help the event continue to evolve.
Our team of experts is dedicated year around to ensure the guest experience is like no other. As the trusted production partner for builds, structures, flooring, and decor, we’ve helped the organizers bring to life the largest music festivals in the desert for multiple consecutive years.
As soon as the festival wraps, our team starts planning the next year to navigate the 78-acre venue exploring new layouts and experiential concepts with the festival organizers.
We know festival event production takes a village so from day one, we put a dedicated team in place to participate in sprint production sessions alongside the organizers and their partners.
Trying to be better and more engaging than the last, we consider every year a new evolution of the festival. This allows our creative teams to be actively ideating new solutions for more fans year-round.