The idea partially stemmed from data that showed 30% of Ikea customers were there for the food.

Credit: An IKEA employee serves the new IKEA vegetarian meatballs, during a worldwide launch at IKEA Anderlecht, on April 8, 2015. IKEA, who withdrew its signature Swedish meatballs from its markets and cafeterias after one batch was found to contain traces of horse meat in 2013, launched worldwide it's vegetarian meatball in an effort to reduce carbon footprint from animals used to produce some one billion meatballs per year.AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Ikea, known for its home furnishings and Swedish meatballs, is considering opening a standalone restaurant after finding that its in-store dining establishment has exploded in popularity.

“We’ve always called the meatballs ‘the best sofa-seller,’” Gerd Diewald, who runs food operations in U.S.-based Ikeas, told Fast Company. “Because it’s hard to do business with hungry customers.”

The idea partially stemmed from data that showed 30% of Ikea Food customers weren’t coming to shop at all — they were solely interested in the dining options, according to Fast Company.

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So now, the Swedish furniture giant will look beyond just feeding hungry couples about to break up over an argument about a TV stand. Ikea’s long-overlooked food division might expand into cafés in city centers after raking in about $1.8 billion in worldwide food sales in 2016, according to a Fast Company report.

The company has also updated Ikea eateries throughout the U.S., with new zones in the restaurants that accommodate families and new menu items, like chicken and vegan Swedish meatballs.

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