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April 20, 2014
In the United States alone, there are nearly 1 million restaurants, each trying hard to differentiate itself from the next. Not an easy task. In fact, there are so many considerations when it comes to launching a new concept—from...
October 14, 2013
When guests enter your restaurant’s bathroom are they impressed by the room or left wishing they had “held it”? Here are 4 restaurant bathroom designs that make anything short of their beauty seem like a truck stop. Related posts:...
September 26, 2013
With the restaurant industry growing at such a fast pace, sometimes trying to stand out may seem impossible. With just a bit of creativity and a touch of innovative design, a simple blade sign can make your restaurant signage...
June 16, 2013
A restaurant is recognized for how it caters to cravings, eating styles, and wallet size. Sometimes a restaurant chooses to be recognized for going big. In that case, unusual shapes, atypical toppings, bizarre combinations, or truly gargantuan serving sizes...
June 13, 2013
What’s the coolest restaurant trend: cocktails that range from expensive to illicit. And when it comes to an alcoholic concoction, the possibilities are endless. Here are 10 drinks that go to the head of the glass. Related posts: No...
December 16, 2012
Stay warm with these 10 recipes for delicious winter drinks. They were tested by the team at Aaron Allen & Associates especially for you. (And potentially your winter menu design, too.) Related posts: 14 Creative Plate Presentations and Restaurant...
Most common restaurant design mistakes
Too much money on linens
Spending too much money on linens or cleaning services which could be revamped
Systems and controls
Systems and controls for receiving, storing and requisitioning expensive supplies and products.
Interior directional signage and zone merchandizing lacking or absent.
Inefficient use of space
Storage, prep, service stations, POS stations, etc.
Inefficient floor plans
Inefficient floor plans, wait stations, bar setups, and table configurations
Exposed service areas
Buspans or trash overflowing, cluttered and disorganized, etc.
Cluttered host station
Host or greeting station is cluttered.
Clunky, dirty/dusty, or irrelevant decorations that don’t help tell the brand story.
Bathroom doors that push in rather than out (or don’t have trash can nearby exit)
Music or ambient noise too loud or too low.