“The reason people go out to eat has evolved over time so it makes sense that design should evolve too,” says Robert LaPlata, principal consultant and founder of Forefront Hospitality, a consulting firm based in Chicago. He works with restaurant owners on design and renovation projects and says that today’s restaurant owners face a new challenge when designing their dining rooms.
“Convenience used to be a factor but now it has evolved into a three-headed monster of great food, great service, and atmosphere,” he continues. Today’s restaurants have to deliver on the design front in addition to great food and great hospitality. “Creating that sensory stimulation of feel, taste and sight is what it’s really about now.”
This is the perfect time of year for restaurant owners start refreshing or completely renovating their dining rooms, since January through March tends to be a respite from the busy holiday months. Renovating can be a costly endeavor but it’s one of the best ways to keep a restaurant current in today’s dining scene. Here, LaPlata shares a few ways restaurant owners can make sure they get the most out of their renovation or refresh. [Read more…]