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Products That Stand up to the Elements

Published: February 2021

Elevate your outdoor space with mixed materials

As winter winds down and spring is almost in sight, your guests are eagerly awaiting the return of outdoor dining, and we know you are, too.  

According to a pre-pandemic study by Simons Advisory Group, patio, curbside or rooftop space can increase your profitability by up to 30% -- and after the chaos of 2020, that additional income could make the difference between staying open or shutting your doors.  

So, are you ready for patio weatherWith a wide selection of tableware in materials built for the unique needs of outdoor dining, Libbey® can help you create a lively, elevated space guests will enjoy all season long. Here are our top product picks:

 

Infinium® Drinkware and Serveware

When it comes to outdoor dining, breakage is a top concern. Infinium® premium plastic drinkware is an upscale glassware substitute that ensures you’ll never sacrifice beauty for durability.  

With a glasslike appearance and dozens of shapes to choose from, Infinium® is BPA-free and practically unbreakable, resistant to cracks, stains and odors. And until you pick it up, you’ll never guess it’s not glass. 

Infinium® Wake™ brings stackable options into the mix, making bussing and storage more efficient. Its distinctive textured design is easy to grip, too, preventing breakage on bustling patios and sidewalks. Coordinate with lightweight Wake™ serveware for an easy-to-carry option. 

Melamine

Melamine is another highly durable, lightweight choice for high-traffic outdoor environments that offers a high-end experience wherever it goes as it easily mimics just about any other material. 

Are bright colors and bold textures your style? With organic shapes, warm earth tones and a soft finishDriftstone complements any outdoor space, while Farmhouse has a rustic, hand-painted that pairs well with farm-to-table dining. Cantina Uncarved boasts bold hues that make every dish sing. These patterns are also available in porcelain, so you can provide seamless service for guests both indoors and out. 

Love the look of wood, slate or marble? Melamine serving trays from World® Tableware are a durable and easy-to-clean alternative that bring an elevated look to appetizers and entrees. Their faux finishes make a statement while making outdoor serving easy on you and your staff. 

Aluminum

For a casual look that still packs a punch in the durability department, choose aluminum. Those hefty platters of ribs, towering nacho platters and your biggest burgers are no match for the strength of World® Tableware aluminum serving trays.  

From a small ramekin size to a quarter-sheet pan, aluminum trays are a versatile way to bring modern, industrial flair to your outdoor spaces – and are easy to maintain, season after season. 

Wood

The patio is a perfect spot for a beer tasting, where guests can kick back with friends and a flight of their favorite brews. With their distinctive grain, Libbey’s wood flight boards are a high-performing and beautiful choice for not only beer, but small servings of wine, cocktails, mimosas and even desserts.  

Flights give your guests the opportunity to customize their experience, while you can command a premium price for smaller pours. For a dishwasher-safe option with that natural wood look, choose a melamine flight board. 

Patios and rooftops will be key to survival in 2021 for bar and restaurant operators. By choosing dependable products that make outdoor dining more enjoyable and add value to the experience, you can be assured that the investment was well worth it.  

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