Press: Treehugger

Startups now turning upscale restaurants & bars into coworking spaces during the day

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Coworking spaces are a hot trend in the real estate industry. According to the 2017 Global Coworking Survey, there are now over 13,800 coworking spaces worldwide, with an estimated total of 27,000 cropping up by 2020. There is a lot of demand, and not everyone is going to sign up for a membership for a coworking space that can cost hundreds of dollars -- often, people may just head on over to a local café with wifi. However, some cafés are now fighting back against the influx of these space-hogging, laptop-toting coworking armies, by cancelling their wifi altogether.

Instead, remote professionals in a growing number of cities can now choose another kind of membership, one that allows them to work out of a bar or restaurant during those slower business hours during the day, before they revert back to serving diners and bar patrons during the evening.

The same concept is being plied by competitors like WorkEatPlay, where office space is being hosted in high-end restaurants that can offer members delicious food and full service. And it's not just New York: cities like Austin, Sydney, Melbourne and Tel Aviv are now home to similar startups such as Switch CoworkTwoSpace and Pub Hub.

Adapting bars and restaurants into daytime offices offers a new twist to the coworking trend that is honestly quite intriguing, and possible further evidence of the coffe-shopification of everything. For starters, you can't argue with the significantly lower membership fees that would allow remote professionals to still network and be less isolated, while also having access to a collection of high-end spaces with most of the perks of a dedicated coworking space, and without the hassle of waiting for your application to be reviewed. There's also the advantage of working out of a space with a beautiful ambiance that doesn't feel like a cookie-cutter office space. And best of all: being able to turn off the computer and partake right away when happy hour rolls around.

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