A successful restaurant brings many different elements together to deliver a comprehensively enjoyable experience to diners – and one of the most critical of these elements is the design of the space itself. Here are some insights from a commercial architect in NJ on how to make the most of your restaurant design.
- Prioritize your spending: Restaurant design and fitment costs can escalate rapidly and the sky’s the limit. It’s best to first focus your spending on the most critical areas – creating a functional layout for the kitchen and dining space, installing effective task and dining lighting, and investing in robust and comfortable seating that fits the space.
- Settle on your brand and image: After the budget is set for those areas, look for a few striking elements to add personality to your space and advertise your brand. It’s important that these elements are well thought-out and directly align with the restaurant’s overall theme. Here, customization is a great idea – having a bar built by local artisans, or reclaiming old units for upcycling – to create a highly individual space.
- Spatial layout: Poor spatial layout can make a restaurant a headache to work in as well as dine in. Guests need enough space to feel comfortable and private while still feeling connected to the space, while waiters need to be able to comfortably move through the space. How your restaurant operates – if it’s a fast-casual self-service system or a fine dining system – will play an important role here.
- Lighting is essential: Lighting creates ambience, affects appetite and comfort, so it’s essential to get this right. Strong task lighting is ideal for kitchens, but guests need more carefully thought-out lighting to connect with your space. Is it a family-friendly venue? A space ideal for romance? Or a casual daytime café? In each case, the lighting needs will be very different. Also, think of alternative ways of lighting a space – wall features, bars and more can provide interesting and unique lighting opportunities.
- Check out the acoustics: Restaurants are noisy often large spaces, so acoustics are important. Guests need to be able to comfortably hear one another even on a full night, so consider ways of reducing kitchen noise, as well as adding acoustic panels and features to reduce bar noise and echoes in big rooms. Carefully planning the speakers is also important to ensure ambient music is present but not dominant in the space.
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The New Jersey architectural firm of Seth A. Leeb offers full-service solutions for commercial building design projects in the New Jersey area. With 20 years of experience in the commercial architecture industry in restaurant, hospitality, office and dental office design, we can provide the expertise, skills and innovative thinking you need to create a workplace that fits your vision and embodies your brand. For more information on working with us or to find out more about architectural design in NJ, please contact us today or visit our website at https://leeb-architecture.com/