Monday Jun 27, 2022

Factors to Consider When Choosing Kitchen Location in a New Restaurant

Kitchen and dining room design is one of the most important things to consider when opening or remodeling a new restaurant. Efficient use of space ensures that the restaurant owner maximizes the use of each square foot rented or purchased. Restaurant design also has an impact on the atmosphere, flow and efficiency of the restaurant. Before getting into the details of where to place the tables, where the restrooms should go, and how to lay out the kitchen equipment, the restaurant owner must first determine where to place the kitchen. The most common location is at the back of the restaurant. The location of the kitchens at the rear of the restaurant allows the bar to be placed at the front and the dining area fills the remaining space. This design has many advantages. By placing the bar in the front, patrons waiting for their tables can reach the bar without having to traverse the dining room, leading to fewer dinner service interruptions and more sales before patrons are seated. This leaves a large open space to lay out the main dining room, allowing for more design options.

Also, placing the kitchen in the rear affects the exterior aesthetics of the building. The building can have more exterior design options on the faces of the building that get more exposure: the front and sides. The restaurant owner may place windows or doors leading to an outside patio on the sides of the building that are exposed to the most traffic.

Another popular place for the kitchen is one of the sides of the restaurant. This also allows for the placement of the bar area at the front, while leaving a nice open space for organizing the dining room. Locating the kitchen to the side of the restaurant, near the front door, is an especially attractive option for restaurant designs that incorporate an open kitchen. By placing an open kitchen on the side of the restaurant near the front door, customers can immediately see, smell and hear the kitchen as soon as they walk through the door. This whets their appetite and can be entertaining for guests on the waiting list. An open kitchen near the front of the restaurant also creates a bit of excitement, even if the restaurant isn’t full. If it’s early evening and the dining room isn’t too crowded, an open kitchen near the front of the restaurant can add just the right amount of noise and excitement to draw in the customer. People usually don’t want to sit in an empty restaurant.

The last option is to place the kitchen somewhere in the middle of the restaurant. While this arrangement can add greatly to the atmosphere of a restaurant, it is the most difficult arrangement for a number of reasons. First of all, kitchens take up a lot of space. It is difficult to create a pleasant atmosphere with a large work space in the middle of the restaurant. One way to alleviate this problem is to have a separate food preparation area in a secluded part of the restaurant. All ingredients needed for evening service can be prepared in the food preparation kitchen and transferred to the display kitchen during dinner service. This allows for a smaller kitchen for the show kitchen, which also reduces start-up costs due to the high-end equipment required in a show kitchen. This layout is popular for Japanese restaurants that often have minimal kitchens to begin with. Restaurant owners may want to consult a restaurant designer to see which option is the most cost-effective and works with the flow and atmosphere of the restaurant.

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