The feel and design of your dining room is immensely important to have a successful restaurant.
From the moment your guests walk in the door to the moment they leave, your space is influencing their decisions and creating an atmosphere that is either enjoyable and comforting or unwelcoming and cold.
We have been helping clients to design restaurants for years and have learnt what works and what definitely doesn’t.
Here are 6 of the most common mistakes to avoid when designing your restaurant fitout-
The door to your restaurant should be open and inviting. It should also be easy to find and have a clear line to the host stand or cash register.The front entrance should also be kept free of clutter and there should be ample storage for things like menus, pens and so on. If possible, avoid having tables right in the front of the restaurant too, as this can also create a cluttered look and may feel uncomfortable or distracting for guests.
Placing Tables in High Traffic Areas
When working with a small space it can be tempting to cram in as many tables in as possible, but this is not necessarily the best solution. Having a well thought out floor plan is extremely important not just for the guests but also for the staff.Avoid placing tables in high traffic areas and ensure that there is enough space for wait staff to move in and around the tables.
Exposed Service Areas
No one wants to be seated next to the rubbish bin or dirty dishes. When these things are visible from a table, it creates a negative customer experience and it can also be a health hazard. When designing your restaurant, ensure areas like the trash or dirty dishes are kept towards the back and away from the viewpoint of your customers. While having an open kitchen is sometimes a good idea, exposed dirty dishes and rubbish bins are not.
Adequate Space for Storage
Many restaurants underestimate just how much storage space they are going to need. Having ample storage space especially in the kitchen is so important, as without it, food is more likely to get lost or turn bad. Poor storage also slows down kitchen staff, which can also have a negative effect on your profits.
Depending on the restaurant atmosphere you are trying to create, your lighting needs may be different. One mistake that we consistently see with restaurants looking to create a darker and more romantic atmosphere, is that the restaurant often looks closed to people passing by. To avoid this happening, you can’t have a ‘one size fits all’ approach for your whole restaurant. Instead, you need to adjust the lighting for the areas of your restaurant depending on how the space is being used.
Having a clear sign on the exterior of your business is so important. In fact, research has found that improper signage can cost a business as much as $1 million per year in potential revenue. By having a clear sign that is easy to read and stands out from the crowd, your restaurant is more likely to gain attraction and be easy for guests to find.
With the right planning, avoiding these mistakes is easy and will make a world of difference to having a successful restaurant. There is a very easy solution - get in touch with people who knows how to to a restaurant fit out. Like us. Contact us today for a free, no obligation chat about your project and let us show how we can help.