You probably go to IKEA for things like lamps and bed frames, but if you don't hit up the store's food areas for Swedish meatballs -- or at the very least, a couple $0.50 hot dogs -- then you're doing it all wrong. In fact, more and more people are taking a break from browsing $39 boxes full of masochism via allen wrench to eat at IKEA's restaurants, and now, the retailer plans to make its dining experiences even better.
As The Washington Post reports, all of IKEA's 41 US locations will receive dramatic restaurant makeovers over the next year, transforming their typically open eating spaces into three distinct areas designed to cater to different types of hungry customers. Specifically, there will be an area streamlined for getting a quick bite on the go, a family-friendly eatery space with activities for kids, and finally, a third cafe-style area for hanging out and drinking coffee. After all, you might need a pitstop after deliberating over which of the 40 types of dinnerware you're going to buy.
“IKEA food is becoming a core business," said Lars Petersson, the company's US president, per the report. You can look no further than frozen take home packages of the Swedish meatballs for evidence of this. IKEA has also expanded its meatball offerings with the addition of new vegan and chicken varieties, because how can you go wrong with more meatballs? They already know you can't.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and really enjoys double fisting the 50-cent hot dogs. Send news tips to email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.