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  • A Pizzeria Owner Made Money by Ordering His Own Pizza's Through DoorDash

    With the pandemic still fully gripping much of the world, food delivery has become a staple for many. We may not be able to go sit down at a restaurant and enjoy the hospitality, but we can still enjoy restaurant food at home. DoorDash and other services latch onto restaurants that don't offer their own delivery service, and bridge the gap to customers who want the convenience of delivery. Well, in a strange twist of fate for one restaurant owner, he found he was able to make money by ordering his own pizza's through DoorDash. Continue reading

  • What Will Change About Dining Out After COVID-19?

    It has now been eight weeks since one of the United State’s most populous cities enacted a shelter-in-place mandate in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. California, with the largest economy of any state, has been shut down for nearly as long. While people around the country are just getting used to staying home full time, some locations like Georgia are already looking to reopen restaurants and other businesses. While there are still more questions than answers about what dining out will look like post COVID-19, we can look around the nation and the globe for clues as to how business owners and regulators will handle the increased need for space and sanitation. Today.com asked some experts to weigh in on what restaurants are doing, what regulators are planning, and what we can look forward to in the coming months as we all try to get back to normal.

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  • How COVID-19 Is Affecting Product Availability and Shipping Times

    We know that the current pandemic is affecting many of our customer's businesses and projects, and we want to make sure that we do everything we can to keep our operations uninterrupted so that we can continue to provide the products you need in a timely manner. We are currently working with reduced staff, and shipment carriers are seeing some delays with pickups and deliveries.

    Most of our partner warehouses are currently open and are shipping without delay. That said, even shipments that we get out the door quickly are seeing some delays in transit, as UPS and freight carriers cope with regional shelter-in-place mandates, and unprecedented demand as consumers are ordering more and more products online. Currently, most orders of in stock items are delivering within 1 to 2 weeks of your order date, with some larger orders and custom orders stretching out to 3 week lead times.

    The following series are currently seeing longer than normal shipping times (approximately 2 weeks). This list is subject to change:

    • 2000 Series
    • Argent Series
    • P1T & P1F Chrome Bolt Downs
    • Bondi Series
    • Brasserie Series
    • C Series
    • CR Series
    • D Series
    • I Series
    • J, K & Tango Semi-Gloss Bases
    • L Series Bases (2 and 4 Leg models only)
    • N Series
    • No-Rock Series
    • Patio SEries
    • RSQ Series
    • Savile Series
    • XB Series
    • Most Custom Height Models

    We do have alternatives available for many of these items. Please contact customer service by emailing support@tablebases.com for more information about lead times for a specific product, or to discuss any project deadlines you may have. Our customer service hours are currently 8AM to 5PM PT.

  • Stuck at Home During Quarantine? Take a Virtual Road Trip with Google Maps

    The grass always looks greener on the other side, and never has that felt more true than while we are all stuck in our homes, sheltering in place so we can do our part to flatten the curve. You know where we’d rather be right now? On a road trip, getting some fresh air, spreading our wings and taking in new sights. While that isn’t feasible right now, we can get part way there with the help of technology (with the added bonus of doing so with a much lower carbon footprint). Just like you’ve been visiting with Grandma on Zoom calls, the magic of images and the internet help virtually transport you and your family to another place. You can turn it into a cultural or scientific lesson for young ones, a vista hunting expedition, or to plan out your next expedition (once it’s safe to travel). Using Google Earth or Google Maps, we can explore far away hiking spots and iconic world wonders with 360 degree photos.

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  • Quarantine Crafts: DIY Driftwood Blacket & Towel Rack

    While we are all stuck at home (many of us with children), crafting is less a way to pass the time and more a necessity for keeping sane. Here's a fun project idea that manages to be be simple, inexpensive and chic all at once. All you need are some simple tools, some gathered driftwood, and (optionally) your favorite color paint. You can create a sturdy and trendy towel rack that will add some character to your bathroom or bedroom, make the perfect backdrop for Instagram selfies, and provide you with a few hours of entertainment while you make it! Driftwood comes in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, so you can customize your piece to suit your space and your style. Keep reading for all the details. Continue reading

  • Bay Area Restaurants Pivot to Community Service

    Restaurants country-wide are shuttered as shelter-in-place orders continue throughout many regions. With most customers wisely choosing to stay at home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, restaurant sales have plummeted. To help keep the lights on and keep some employees on payroll, restaurants across the nation are getting creative. While some are moving to a takeout model, others are looking in a different direction. Some businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area are pivoting to non-profit work in order to both do some good for their community and keep their businesses open. They’re feeding “the homeless, the out of work, and the first responders fighting the virus”.

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  • What Are the Different Types of Stainless Steel?

    Stainless steel is an extremely valuable material for furniture makers, as it possesses a unique combination of strength, durability and aesthetic appeal. That is why we recommend many of our stainless steel table base models for outdoor applications, and for supporting heavy table tops in humid environments. Stainless steel has a beautiful silver finish, is easy to clean, and resists corrosion. That last quality is what makes stainless steel table bases so great for outdoor use, they do not rust! While they do require periodic cleaning to stay looking their best, maintenance is relatively easy. There are dozens of types of stainless steels on the market, and just a few different types of stainless steel used for table bases. Keep reading to learn about the differences between these types of metal!

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  • Our Favorite Recipes to Make While Social Distancing

    Social distancing is bound to end up as the buzz word of 2020. With so many people staying home, either alone or with family, now seems like a good time to compile our favorite recipes! If we’re going to be stuck at home, we may as well be eating, right? We asked around the Tablebases.com office to see what our staff is cooking while they are social distancing. Spoiler alert: most of us are making warm, heavy, comfort food dishes. Keep reading to see the recipes that are helping us cope during this very strange time.

    Side note, although we should be minimizing exposure to other people, restaurants are still trying to stay afloat. So in between making these fabulous recipes, make sure you take advantage of your favorite eatery's take-out options if you are able!

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  • Quiet a Noisy Restaurant with Cork Table Toppers

    Cork is a natural material that is great at absorbing and dampening sounds. Cork is commonly used for soundproofing, as well as for aesthetics and of course wine stoppers. Usually cork boards are applied to walls or floors, as those are the largest surfaces in a room. However, restaurants can use cork as a topper for dining tables to help reduce sound reflections and quiet down a noisy dining room, since table tops collectively make up a large surface. You can do this as a permanent or removable solution. Best of all, cork is affordable and sustainable, and it’s durable and recyclable.  Continue reading

  • How Restaurants Can Prepare for (& Survive) Coronavirus

    The Coronavirus that started off in China near the end of 2019 is now breaching country's borders across the world, and people in the U.S. are starting to wonder how to prepare. Coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has spread to nearly 90,000 people and has caused 3,000 deaths worldwide as of the beginning of March, with 100 reported cases in the United States. The news is full of headlines about what consumers can do at home — frequent and proper hand washing, covering your cough, and the usual tactics — but what about restaurants? For hospitality business owners fearing the worst (like the Chipotle scandal a few years ago) now is a good time to call a staff meeting and review proper sanitation etiquette (and laws) with your staff, and find ways to remind your customers about good hygiene.

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