Grab a Bite to Eat and CoWork too? Restaurants Jump in CoWorking

When you think about it, it makes sense to turn restaurants into CoWorking spaces. The CoWorking model emerged after 2008 when the economy was in freefall and unemployment was in the double digits in many places. Coffee shops became the place to network, start a business, do freelance and contract work – anything to make money when there were no jobs.

Multi-ethnic group of people working together on a project in cafeteria.

Those café entrepreneurs soon began launching businesses to great success. Many who left the traditional workforce have not – and likely will not – come back to the traditional office after finding success working independently. However, WeWork recognized that they also needed a place to work that was affordable and better than a coffee shop.

So WeWork began buying up office space and turning it into shared offices where different companies could lease parts of the building. These buildings though were not your standard cookie cutter cubed offices. WeWork began the work/play model that all companies are trying to replicate now.

Offices these days look more like campus hangouts with game rooms, relaxation rooms, TVs, restaurants, on-site cafes, and atypical seating arrangements for offices and desks. Then just a couple of years ago WEach Seats came up with a brilliant idea – use restaurants that are empty during the day as CoWorking spaces from 9 to 5. That idea is sprouting roots and spreading across the country.

Matthew Weaver