Shoveling snow, wearing multiple layers and driving during winter months can be an annoyance for some Canadians. So, it’s not a complete surprise that each year, many people eagerly await the arrival of summer. From going to concerts and the beach or relaxing at patios, the summer months usually translate into busy times for outdoor business owners.
This summer has proved to be no exception according to Dave Lewis, owner of Adelaide Street Pub in downtown Toronto.
“People feel better in the summer when they are sitting out on a patio, as opposed to in the winter when they are all bundled up,” says Lewis. “Generally, people have a better disposition in the summertime than they do in the winter.”
Patio owners like Lewis aren’t the only ones who feel this way about the summer. Samar Zuberi, a regular of the patio scene in Toronto, agrees.
“People are a lot friendlier in the summer months,” says Zuberi. “I find people are more likely to hold the door open or smile at a stranger. But you just want to limit your interaction in the colder months. I enjoy being out in the sun after almost nine months of winter.”
Restaurant owners say people usually have a tendency to tip based on service, but interestingly enough, Lewis says people tend to tip on how they feel. However, more customers don’t always equal higher tips for servers. Typically, tourists don’t tip as well as locals, says Lewis.
That’s something that his employee, Stacey Birch, agrees with.
“It’s not customary for tourists to tip, especially if they are from Japan or Europe,” says Birch. “That’s because in Europe, servers are paid a higher wage.”
There’s nothing like enjoying a beautiful summer day on an outdoor patio. It’s a more relaxing atmosphere for customers and servers alike.