Restaurant, Bar and Hotel Architects

This article is the first of a series of three based on restaurant, bar, and
hotel architecture. First, we will focus on restaurant architecture. Who is
a Restaurant Architect? A Restaurant Architect is a person who is proficient in designing restaurants. In this era of development, when it comes to building and designing an amazing restaurant design, there are various engineers, laborers, designers, advisors, and professionals that you will need to consult.

Restaurant Architectural Design is frequently referred to as designing,  planning, manipulating, and building the framework, space, and ambiance in your restaurant. Having expertise in using these features will help you create an up-to-date, modern and functional restaurant that will set you up for success. A well-trained and skilled team of professional architects, engineers, and interior designers puts it all together to make an outstanding feat of restaurant architecture for you. Restaurant Architectural Design focuses on covering all the characteristics of modern design and architecture from planning to construction,
manipulations, installations, outfitting, and so on. It is one of the most important occupations that can design a perfect restaurant that meets all the building codes and regulations.

What are the considerations for a Restaurant’s Architectural Design?
While designing a restaurant, it is important to consider some of the essential features to design the entire layout.  These notable features are listed below:

 Building Codes
The government-enforced building codes and regulations are mandatory to be considered by an architect. It will save you from any future loss and damage. A restaurant’s floor plan must be designed in such a
manner that can help you to meet the building codes and principles.
 Accessibility
The most important consideration while designing a restaurant is that
the dining areas or the workplace are accessible to all people and
especially those having mobility issues.
 Efficiency
Efficiency is another important consideration to increase the reputation of the restaurant. The flow of the staff including servers, waiters, hosts, and other affiliates must be effective and efficient enough while serving customers. It will help you to boost the demand of the restaurant as well as the revenue.
 Budget
Budget is the most important consideration for a restaurant’s architectural design.  Depending on the budget, you can ponder the limitation of the number of walls and become proficient in the way that you plan the design.

The restaurant industry is more competitive now than ever before, and
every restauranteur is striving to provide the best in terms of food, service, and ambiance. This means that providing fine dining experiences is no longer enough to ensure your restaurant’s success.
While fine food and superior customer service are critical factors in encouraging repeat business, a restaurant’s architecture or design is just as important. Restaurant design typically involves a set of activities that come together to create a space that reigns not only in form but also in function. The space must look visually appealing but relaxing as well.
Savvy restaurant owners understand that developing an appealing,
innovative design plan plays a significant role in attracting and retaining customers, but it is not always easy. That is why they engage a professional architect who can create a harmonious design by coalescing existing aspects of the structure with attention to detail in several key areas.

The restaurant’s design plan is what sets the stage for a customer’s experience. But before you embark upon defining your restaurant design, you should be clear about certain things, most importantly, the kind of clientele you intend to appeal to and the atmosphere you would
like to present. For example, fine dining patrons may look for more space and privacy when having their meals than patrons of more casual diners. Likewise, families with children may incline towards a relaxed setting that appeals to children. Recognizing your customers’ needs will allow you to create a successful design plan for your restaurant.

Now that you have positively identified your target customers, you should foster the right atmosphere by choosing furnishings, colors, lighting, and even the design of the cutlery suited to them. For example, if you own a fine dining restaurant, you may choose soft tones and subdued lighting and furnishings that create a more elegant and intimate atmosphere. If your restaurant caters to families with children, on the other hand, you may pick bright colors and lighting to make for a setting more suited to children.  Great space planning is vital to a restaurant’s success. Form should always follow function. Although it is crucial for a restaurant to be inviting in appearance, you must consider your customer’s comfort and
your staff’s efficiency when planning the layout. An excellent restaurant design should comfortably accommodate the “higher than expected” number of guests while maintaining customer comfort. Customers should be able to move around easily. Similarly, the restaurant kitchen should be able to accommodate all the necessary equipment and all needed kitchen staff. There should be areas for food preparation, storage, and handling as well as areas for handling shipments and washing dishes.  Although interior design is a critical aspect of any restaurant, there is also a myriad of other things to consider. First, you want to consider the

mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems that will be needed. Next, you want to make sure you look at the exterior image of your restaurant design. Does it have the appropriate signage and landscaping? These are all particularly important to your restaurant’s success.
Consider the importance of entry to your space. What types of doors should you use, materials, and graphics. These all play a key role in defining the character of your restaurant to patrons from the first moment they enter. Also, consider the entry and reception area and the space available to those waiting to be seated.
Creating a successful restaurant design takes a lot of time, effort, and financial investment. However, hiring an experienced, professional architect can lead to a high return on investment and years of success. If you want to incorporate the best in design and architecture elements in your restaurant, Scarano Architect, PLLC is here to advise and execute.  We evaluate all the elements that can affect your restaurant’s operations
and we can provide suggestions that will ensure success. Visit our website or give us a call so we can help you with the smooth execution of your restaurant project.

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