There are 2,000 empty restaurants during the day in New York — and this startup is trying to do something about it


Business Insider, Indonesia


It’s seven hours before DBGB Kitchen and Bar officially opens, but there are already people seated in the restaurant’s dining area.

They all have their laptops out, and a pair are holding a meeting at a bar table. It’s because, during the day, the restaurant doubles as a shared workspace.

That’s thanks to Spacious, a startup co-founded by Preston Pesek and Chris Smothers to make use of empty restaurants by offering them up to freelancers and others without an office as an alternative to crowded coffee shops.

“When a place like DBGB is closed until 5 or 6 pm, it basically means an excess capacity that the city at large has. Meanwhile, in every coffee shop that you pass by, people are piling on top of each other with laptops.”

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