Furniture retailer RH had better-than-expected results … by selling food

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RH West Palm’s hospitality offering is outpacing even RH Chicago’s groundbreaking restaurant and café, the company said.

RH, formerly Restoration Hardware, is known for its elaborate furniture galleries, but customers are also showing up these days to get a meal — and even get engaged — at the retailer’s growing chain of restaurants.

RH RH, +22.48% opened RH Chicago in October 2015, featuring a café, a wine vault and tasting room, and an espresso bar. In 2017, that location had the “seventh most Instagrammed café in the country,” and there have been more than 50 marriage proposals there, and weekend openings are greeted with long lines of waiting customers, according to commentary from Chief Executive Gary Friedman provided in the company’s earnings release.

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