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How To Plan Out Your Restaurant Design and Construction

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Offering plenty of walking space between tables is a restaurant design that benefits both customers and waitstaff.

While every restaurant has its individual unique flavors and offerings, let’s be honest: there is a lot of competition. In fact, there are around 600,000 full-service restaurants scattered throughout the United States. This means you’ll have to make a great first impression on your customers as soon as they walk through the doors to keep them coming back as regulars. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is through restaurant design. Psychologically, a customer will automatically appreciate a visually appealing, clean, and updated restaurant more than an outdated and aging one. But every restaurant is unique, and so every restaurant design should be unique. How do you know which restaurant design is right for you? This blog will help you find out. 

Think About the Floor Plan

The floor plan is the overall design of the restaurant, including all tables, bars, and other offerings like drink machines if needed. When it comes to restaurant design, placement is key. There are a few tips one should always keep in mind when it comes to any restaurant. Firstly, space is very important. You do not want the customer to be overwhelmed by cramming in as many tables and chairs as possible. There should be enough distance to allow for them to feel comfortable, usually around six steps of space. The rest of the floor plan is really up to whatever you feel fits the brand of your restaurant the best. Another element to consider for your restaurant design is the entryway or exterior facade. These are usually the very first part of the restaurant the customer will see, even before viewing the interior. Having something that is eyecatching but not visually overwhelming works best for outside parts of your restaurant design. 

Consider the Service Time Goal

An extremely important question to ask for your restaurant design is: How fast do your customers receive their food? Depending on your answer also depends on the restaurant design for a multitude of reasons. For example, if you are a fast-casual restaurant that usually allows customers some time to receive their food but encourages eating inside the restaurant, there should be a natural progression from each stage the restaurant offers, such as from ordering to receiving to sitting down at a table or carrying out. This will be entirely different for a full service restaurant design that should emphasize comfort and visual appeal since customers will be staying seated for much longer. 

The Kitchen is Important to Restaurant Design Too!

Around 30-40% of your allotted restaurant space will be given to kitchen and employee-only areas. Although the visual appeal is not as important in these “backstage” areas, restaurant design is still extremely relevant. For example, you will want to have a kitchen that conserves space as much as possible but still allows employees adequate room to move around for better efficiency. 

Work With Encore Construction

As a premier commercial general contractor, Encore Construction is proud to provide interior and exterior services in Baltimore, Maryland and beyond. We have an impeccable track record, an impressive portfolio, and an experienced team that is ready to tackle your next big project. Our results speak for themselves, and we’re proud of the work we continue to produce for our clients.

Our office is located in Annapolis, MD and we are happy to serve Baltimore, Bowie, Columbia, Rockville, Washington DC, Tysons Corner VA, Northern VA, and surrounding areas. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for news and updates! Do you want to discuss your project with a member of our team? Visit our website, and call us at (410) 573-5050. We look forward to hearing from you!

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