Starting a food business can be truly life-changing. This industry might be full of competition, but if you manage to build a good reputation, you’ll gain loyal customers willing to pay plenty of money for your food and ensure your place is fully booked night after night. However, until you reach that stage, you first need to design your food business space using these tips:
Firstly, it’s necessary to choose a location for your place and equip it with an attractive entrance. Your entrance is what invites people and tickles their fancy. The entrance also gives you a preview of the space you can expect inside, so you can prepare for the unique vibes of the space. Ideally, an entrance should be spacious enough for people to enter comfortably and not bump with people exiting. It should also be designed to awaken curiosity. Entering your establishment should be much more exciting than just going through a door.
This is where your guests will spend the most time (around 98%) so this area deserves extra attention. The primary goal of your dining area is to make people feel comfortable, safe and private so they can enjoy their food in peace. This space includes various parts such as the waiting area, takeaway counter, seating area and payment terminal. All the areas should fit the concept of your restaurant and the theme of the space. Of course, you also need to take into consideration the space you have available and your budget.
The kitchen is where all the magic is happening. This space should be created with consultation with the staff so it’s practical, safe and easy to navigate and clean. It’s also crucial for it to fit with the vibe of the space. For a very chill place, you can consult with custom home builders and take a look at some of their home kitchen solutions. If you come up with a beautiful design, you can even leave your kitchen open, like in a house, and allow guests a peek into the food-preparation process.
Thanks to lighting, staff can work safely and efficiently, and guests can enjoy a comfortable place to wait for their food, chat, eat and relax after a meal. Think carefully about the lighting and how it affects people’s moods. And make sure to include all three of the main categories of lighting: ambient, accent and mood lighting. Ambient lighting is used for general purposes, accent lighting is illuminating a specific area while mood lighting adds to the aesthetic of the space. When you combine the three, you can help people enjoy their time in your establishment more.
In order to enjoy their meal in peace, guests need to be provided with a calming and quiet space free of stress and traffic noise. And it’s well-known that restaurants can be quite noisy at times, due to all the staff moving around, customers getting in and out, traffic sounds from the outside, music, etc. So how do you ensure the right acoustics? The answer is insulation. Traditionally, restaurants are equipped with carpeted floors, soft furniture, fabric-covered chairs, table coverings, curtains and other things that absorb the sounds and make the interior feel more relaxing. If you’re into modern designs with high ceilings, stone, concrete and minimalist décor, it’s necessary to find other ways to drown the noise.
Safety in a restaurant is also very important. Start with the layout and make sure to ensure proper space between tables to ensure easy serving and fast evacuation. Also, the area should be designed to prevent trips and slips, and provide users with secondary rooms for wardrobe, hygiene needs and waiting. Kitchen safety is just common sense, so we’re not going to discuss it here.
With a well-designed space and an even better menu, you can expect to grow your name quickly and become an owner of a very successful food business.