The decoration and the healthy atmosphere are not the only components of the ambience of a smart restaurant. It offers an experience of all senses. Such an establishment must work on each facet of its environment to meet its customers’ expectations while promoting the efficiency and well-being of the staff. Discover our 3 secrets to improve the atmosphere of a restaurant.
FIND THE RIGHT COMPROMISE BETWEEN CAPACITY AND RECEPTION ENVIRONMENT
When designing a smart restaurant, one element must focus all the attention: finding the right balance between seating capacity and welcoming atmosphere. The challenge is to be able to receive enough customers for the activity to be profitable, while ensuring that people feel comfortable. As such, improving acoustics may be necessary, as it will allow more cutlery to be installed, without compromising the customer experience.
This compromise will generally be defined according to the DNA of the place: gastronomic establishments will bet on a lower capacity to focus on a small number of customers. At the same time, popular restaurants will favour a warmer atmosphere with a large number of customers. Once this identity is fixed, it is through the layout of the smart restaurant (choice of furniture, location, etc.) that it will be possible to achieve this balance.
DEFINING THE ACOUSTIC ATMOSPHERE OF THE RESTAURANT
The acoustic atmosphere of an establishment is both part of its identity – some are deliberately more agitated than others – and a key to ensuring customer satisfaction. And contrary to what many restaurateurs think, the improvement of the sound quality can be achieved while respecting the atmosphere and the decoration. It is therefore essential that the sound experience is in harmony with the ambience you want for your restaurant and the customers.
Beyond the choice of music broadcast, which is specific to each establishment, it is essential to tackle all possible noise pollution. Depending on the atmosphere of the place (hushed, calm, festive, etc.), several corrective solutions can be provided to offer an excellent acoustic experience to customers and staff: reorganisation of the restaurant, acoustic treatment of interior noises or selection of furniture and specific materials to limit the vibration of sound.
FIND THE LUMINOUS IDENTITY OF YOUR RESTAURANT
Often overlooked, the brightness plays an essential role in the atmosphere of the restaurant. Light is a part of the restaurant’s soul, dimmed in intimate places or accentuated in modern establishments. The challenge is to provide a bright atmosphere that meets customer expectations and makes passers-by want to enter. It must also be adapted to the work of the waiters because buildings can impact their health and well-being.
Keep in mind, however, that there is no perfect light in a smart restaurant, as it must reflect the place’s identity. Depending on the case, it will be advisable to support the lighting in certain zones, to create new light sources, to install mirrors or even to make light games.