The main appeal of any restaurant should be its amazing food. But with more and more people putting stock in a dining establishment’s interior, having a great layout and impressive designs and décor are now also essential if you want to stay on top of the local food scene.
Since customers are now placing more importance on an establishment’s interior, it is crucial to put some thought into your restaurant fit-out. Interior designers from the Interact Group, one of the most reputable fit-out companies in Dubai, say that by following some key design tips, you can have a remarkable dining space – one that will effectively help entice and draw patrons in.
1. Create and use a suitable floor plan.
Having the perfect restaurant fit-out will depend greatly on the layout of your restaurant. The number of tables, chairs, and other furniture you intend to acquire should be able to accommodate your desired capacity every day. However, furniture type, style, quantity, and arrangement should be well-thought-out so that there will be sufficient breathing space between tables.
The floor plan you follow for the fit-out should also consider staff movement and circulation. The last thing you want is to have the serving staff constantly bumping into a customer’s chair or tripping on their legs and creating a ruckus with the broken plates and glasses.
2. Factor in your restaurant’s theme.
If you own a Japanese restaurant, customers should immediately know that they will be walking and eating in one as soon as they enter. Experts from interior fit-out companies say that your interior should showcase your brand. Your furniture, wall decors, lighting fixtures, and other features should tell your story, what your restaurant is all about, and what they should expect. Customers will have an easier time distinguishing your establishment from the competition if your food and interior clearly reflect what your brand is all about.
3. Invest in high-quality furniture.
Although the outlay may be higher, acquiring good quality furniture is important since tables and chairs are vital elements of any restaurant’s interior design and fit-out. If you choose your pieces correctly, you will have ones that you can use for a long time and they won’t show their age quickly.
When selecting your furniture, choose ones that will work with your restaurant’s theme and enhance the atmosphere. Make sure they are hardwearing and durable yet comfortable so that they can draw in customers and encourage them to stay longer (and order more). You won’t go wrong with choosing tables that can be joined and individual seats or chairs since they can be joined quickly and easily to cater to large groups.
4. Utilize the windows.
The restaurant’s windows can do more than let in natural light and air; they can be used to attract customers, too. By placing attractive window displays, you will have a higher chance of catching the attention of and getting new customers: the people who are simply walking by your establishment.
However, don’t go overboard with the window décor. They should still allow your patrons to have an outside view and enable the people outside to get a glimpse of what’s inside your restaurant. A vase of flowers, a lit candle, or some striking decals placed on the corner of each window can catch the attention of passersby.
5. Choose your lighting features carefully.
Your choice of lighting and where you place them will play an important role in the overall ambience of your restaurant. Before selecting any fixtures, consider the type of mood you want your restaurant to have: Is it intimate and romantic or comfortable and casual? A small chandelier hung above each table can boost a romantic atmosphere in the restaurant while bright neutral lights will enable customers to feel more relaxed and comfortable while inside the establishment.
6. Don’t forget the kitchen.
Lastly, great food will come out of a great kitchen. As such, this important area deserves to have the right fit-out, too. Make sure the kitchen fit-out follows a layout that suits efficient food prep and delivery.
Work tables or benches, cabinets, and sinks have to be designed and placed in the right areas where they will fit seamlessly with all the equipment and the people who will use them regularly. The kitchen fit-out should provide all the staff sufficient elbow room and allow for a safe and effective workflow.
Your restaurant’s interior will play an important role in the success of your venture. As such, don’t skimp on your restaurant fit-out – it is a worthwhile investment that will allow you to enjoy various short- and long-term benefits.
CEO at Interact Group LLC
Interact Group is a design-led interior fit out company that aims to set new standards in the UAE interiors market. Driven by their dedication to total customer experience, the company's mission is to bring truly specialized teams to complex design and fit out challenges, utilizing their unmatched ability to deliver spaces efficiently and above expectation.