Entrepreneurs sometimes see a need in the market for a new service due to their personal experiences: WEach Seats Co-Founder Matthew Weaver was inspired to help start his company, which turns underutilized areas of restaurants into coworking spaces because he found himself working from coffee shops and home.
With his concept, the company works with restaurants to serve as coworking spaces on the schedules that they are open.
A restaurant might be open in the morning because they are in a hotel and they have to be, say, available to guests, or a restaurants might open at 11 a.m. for regular lunch.
It’s not uncommon: A lot of restaurants have second floors that are either venue space or just get used at night or on weekends and aren’t much used during the day, after all.
There is an upside for restaurants to becoming part of the platform, too: Weaver pointed out that customers often end up getting lunch or happy hour on a given day because they are already there.
Through the company’s model, it could have locations in the suburbs – or just about anywhere – wherever there are restaurants that can accommodate it.
Beyond WEach Seats, WorkChew allows those who buy a day pass or a subscription to work out of selected restaurants in the Washington, D.C. metro area and Chicago.