Easy Access Means Easy Money
First and foremost, you need to arrange your furniture so that your customers will actually be able to get to all of the available tables and chairs. If you have, for instance, three chairs in a row up against a wall, the middle chair is simply wasted space. Your customers can’t walk past the outer chairs to get to the middle one, so you’ll actually likely lose customers needlessly when they walk in and can’t find a place to sit.
Since you know you never want to let customers walk away unsatisfied, you want to make sure that you have enough seating. It’s easy to lose site of this aspect of your cafe. After all, you’re the most actively involved in preparing and serving food – trying to make sure you always have food available and that the food on your stoves doesn’t sit there too long and spoil. But none of that careful planning will do you any good if you don’t have tables and chairs available for your customers to sit and eat at.
I for one arrange my tables in “Classroom manner” as you can see in my Facebook profile.