If you own a restaurant, the day is bound to come when you feel your space is not quite as inviting as it was when you first designed it. We know there are four ways you can take a look around and see if it's time to power up your interiors.
1. Suddenly your furniture is tougher to clean. When you first bought your lattice-back wooden chairs with "pleather" upholstered seat cushions, they looked pretty sharp. But after five years of use, the chairs are beginning to look more like flea market finds, and who is going to enjoy their coq au vin on a second-hand chair? Now's the time to thoroughly clean; possibly restain or paint, and reupholster your chairs. Since cooking is your thing, you will probably assistance from an interior designer to decide what to do with the wood and which fabric to use on your chair seats.
2. Your interior has lost its "shine." If you take a critical eye to the interiors of your restaurant, you will probably notice, if your restaurant is several years old, that the paint has faded and collected dust; the lighting is oh, so dated, and your silverware and place settings never look as sparkly as you wish they would. When you decide that you need a professional designer, you can use this moment to refine each of these elements into a cohesive look that will boost your brand recognition.
3. Your online reviews are dropping. Customers are writing things like,"Although the food was fantastic, the surroundings were so dismal we have stopped eating here." This kind of review is, as they say, a bummer. You could be losing customers solely because your place looks bad. You need help, not in the area of cuisine, but in the realm of interior design.
4. Potential customers are going past your restaurant and straight to your main competitor further up the street. Your best patrons, who came to dine on a regular basis, are no longer supping at your eatery. You must immediately pull out your cell phone and get the inside of your restaurant not just improved, but resurrected. And your only hope is to acquire the aid of an interior design firm that knows what it's doing.
In Australia, that company is Lindsay Wilson's Concepts. We have experience in creating spaces that appeal to and attract customers. While you are waiting for an appointment time, you can see what we're talking about by acquiring LindsayWilson's Concepts New Hospitality Interior Book, which is full of ideas, furniture pieces, and inspiration.