Design and Decor of Restaurants

At all levels of the hospitality industry and in every type of restaurant, the question of design is a crucial one. Decisions about the style and layout of a restaurant affect both patrons and staff, distinguishing between restaurants that will provide different experiences. For the diner, before any food is tasted, a restaurant’s decor communicates a great deal about the aims and intentions of that restaurant, often providing a sense as to the type, quality, and style of the food. From a kitchen perspective, the design of the space affects the production flow, controlling the preparation of food and its efficient operation. Design in restaurants functions on multiple levels, both psychological and practical. This entry focuses on how choices about design determine the restaurant’s ...

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