What’s a restaur-office?
Well, there’s the work office: a traditional office setup where most people go to work.
Then, there’s the home office: a designated working space in your home.
Finally, there’s the restaur-office, where you work from a restaurant or coffee shop.
I made this word up because, well, I like to make up words from time to time. You are free to use it, but please give me a shout-out when you do.
I love a good restaur-office because I love eating and being productive. Some of the best hours of my day are spent at restaur-offices.
There are many different options for a restaur-office, but most of them are subpar for a variety of reasons.
There are two (self-explanatory) elements of a restaur-office:
- Work environment
- Food/beverage offerings
The primary requirement for a restaur-office is free wifi. No wifi, no work. The better the wifi, the more legit the restaur-office. There should also be outlets to plug in phones and laptops.
A restaur-office must serve food. Since I coined the term, I’m going to go ahead and say it must also serve coffee because let’s face it, this is a prerequisite for most working people these days.
Now, lets discuss the ideal elements of a proper restaur-office.
Ideally, the restaur-office will be clean with comfortable seating and plenty of space to work. The more outlets, the better. The quieter, the better. The higher the food quality, the better. Good coffee is a plus.
I believe a restaur-office should never serve alcohol because unless you’re Ernest Hemingway, you probably have no business drinking while you work. If you’re gonna get drunk, you might as well not even pretend you’re working and just go to a real bar.
Now that you’re familiar with the idea of a restaur-office, you can identify the pretenders and contenders.
Any place without wifi: You are not a restaur-office. You are just a restaurant. Sorry, Chipotle. I love you, but nope.
McDonald’s, Burger King: Free wifi and serve coffee, but crap food and usually not very nice working spaces.
Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks: Free wifi and better coffee. Usually a decent working environment, but can get cramped and crowded. Limited food options.
I frequent Dunkin Donuts mainly because of convenience (there’s one right by my house and work office) and because it’s usually less crowded than Starbucks. I like their coffee too.
My Ideal Restaur-office:
Panera Bread: This is my #1 choice right now because it has all the elements of an ideal restaur-office: good free wifi, comfortable seating, plenty of space, a nice clean working environment, and great healthy food options.
As tempting as they are, I try to stay away from the bakery items and pastries and stick to their soups and salads. In my opinion, they have the best soups and salads of any fast casual place.
Another reason I prefer places like Panera, Dunkin, and Starbucks these days is because they have really good mobile apps that let you order and pay for your food on your phone. Little things like the convenience of paying with your phone and not having to wait in line make a big difference in the overall quality of your service experience.
I’m writing this from a Panera as we speak while I’m killing some time before my flight back to Florida.
I spent a couple of hours at Panera yesterday as well. I ate a delicious, healthy meal and got a ton of stuff done. It felt very relaxing, not stressful at all. It was great.
So, next time you want to get some work done and grab a bite, hit up Panera Bread. They are all over the place these days.
What’s your go-to restaur-office? Leave a comment and let me know!