When designing a restaurant in areas where tourists vacation, consider the following ideas:
- Tourists like to buy stuff. Design retail for display between 2’-5’ above the floor.
- Tourists are typically families, so flexibility for large parties and the ability to put multiple tables together is important.
- When booths are back to back, extend the back a little higher to keep those rambunctious kids from bothering the adjacent table.
- Maintenance-free washable fabric is a must.
- Locals like familiarity, especially when they are surrounded by tourists. Use local materials and if a renovation, relate the design back to its original in a new, fresher way.
- Maximize the location, which is exactly why both tourists and locals visit. If on the beach, make sure the water is always visible when dining. On a mountain, use lots of glass.
There’s nothing like eating in a great restaurant with great food in a great location. What makes it truly special is a great interior and atmosphere.
~Barron Schimberg, AIA, LEED AP