Start to Finish: Taking a new concept from drawing board to opening day

David Hopkins Whole food for the soul — that’s the mantra behind Mary Be Kitchen, where the food is fresh, the dishes are wholesome, and the recipes are good for you. The concept focuses on substance over style, with a menu that allows customers to build their own, healthy meals, selecting from tried-and-true clean proteins like […]

The Design Process: Where do we begin and how will it end?

From the spring 2018 issue of Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News By Chris Hannah In my early days of teaching design, I had to write a quiz for students learning the process for the first time. As it happens, I was sitting in a client’s restaurant composing the test, when he walked by and asked […]

New digs or a new problem? Avoiding the pitfalls of a bad location

By Caileen Kehayas Every neighbourhood has a dead spot, a space where restaurant after restaurant cycles through, each attempting to overcome the curse that did in the last before succumbing to the sea of red ink that’s formed beneath them. It’s both unfortunate and probable: the median lifespan of a restaurant is a scant 4.5 […]

Six things to remember when designing a new menu

By Jordan Knox In the restaurant industry, things are always changing and evolving as new restaurants and new products are constantly becoming available. To keep up, restaurants need to consistently update their menu offerings, but what is the best way to do this? For most restaurateurs, changing a menu can be a daunting task that […]

Good restaurant design stands the test of time

By Judy Henderson As hospitality designers, it’s our job to provide clients with a finished space that looks current. In my view, we also need to create a design that will stand the test of time and provide the client with true value. The photo above is a restaurant project my firm did in 2006. […]

The parallels between food and restaurant design

By Chris Hannah Being a restaurant designer, it’s impossible not to have a passion for food. As I continue my own culinary education, one of the great parallels between food and design is the ever-evolving landscape in which they live. We are constantly bombarded with media that investigates and dissects both food and design on […]

The rules for designing a hotel restaurant

By Judy Henderson When staying at a hotel and on the look out for a good spot to eat, I always check with the concierge. If their reply is “we have a great restaurant”, that’s when I run a mile in the other direction.  Hotel restaurants tend to be buried on an upper level and […]

Beginning construction on your restaurant

By Judy Henderson We’ve already covered starting, planning and designing your restaurant’s renovation. The day will come during that process when the kitchen falls silent (hopefully your chefs are testing a new menu in another working kitchen) and construction starts. As the sledge hammer makes its mark on the walls, you’ll be glad you spent […]