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In this article, you’ll learn how to make the best use of your space when opening a new restaurant and creating your restaurant floor plan.
Examples of Basic Restaurant Floor Plan Elements
1. The Entrance
The entrance is the first and last impression your restaurant makes on guests. It has two main functions; to be inviting and represent the essence of your restaurant. This is the first visual and tactile experience your guests have when entering your restaurant, so ensure your restaurant’s interior design carries through into the other areas of the floor plan.
The entrance also needs to balance between being big enough for guests to gather if there’s a wait while, at the same time, not taking space away from the dining room and bar. It also needs to intuitively direct the flow of traffic into the dining area as smoothly as possible. The entrance should be addressed in the restaurant floor plan only after designating your kitchen and dining spaces.
2. Dining Area Layouts
The dining area is the soul of your restaurant. Guests spend the majority of their time in this area, so your primary goal should be to create a comfortable environment. The dining area should ideally include the waiting area, takeaway counter, seating area and POS terminals. Your interiors in the dining area should be in sync with the concept of your restaurant and create a cohesive flow throughout the entire area.
a) Waiting Area
This area tends to be overlooked in a lot of restaurant floor plans. But doing so means guests end up with a not-so-comfortable experience as they stand packed into a small area by the entrance while waiting for their table. Even if space is really limited, at the very minimum, make sure you leave enough room for a small number of guests to wait.
The waiting area offers you an opportunity to show great hospitality. Elements like implementing a free coat check would help make guests’ experiences more comfortable. You could also have a host standing in the waiting area to keep guests informed and at ease as they wait for their table.
In the example restaurant floor plan below, there is ample room for guests to sit while they wait for their table.