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Here’s a dream many of us have had in the restaurant business. We’re sitting at a table in our favorite restaurant. Over the shoulder of our companion at the table, a fly buzzes lazily in the sunlight. We reach for our soda glass and absent mindedly shoo away a fruit fly swirling over the glass. You open the napkin covered breadbasket of warm rolls to find a few black specks that don’t look like poppy seeds. At the table next to you, you notice a something crawling up the leg of the empty chair. It’s a cockroach. Just then a woman screams on the other side of the room. You can clearly hear her yell…mouse! As the commotion rises you look more carefully around the room and realize… this is your dining room!
Spiros was a very large influence in restaurant designs starting in the mid 70’s not only in Chicago with the work he did lettuce entertain you and others, but around the country as well. He had a sense of place and purpose in his restaurant designs that not only created a great experience for the guest, but also provided a practical approach to operations as well. Elements that all too often in a lot of restaurants I’ve seen and worked with don’t co-exist as well as they should. Too many designers today are more focused on form than function which may create a beautiful environment for the guest but presents inherent operating difficulties that get in the way of good service.
The prospect of being your own boss and owning your own business is a dream many people from all sort of backgrounds have. It’s one that can frighten you and those close to you, or it can empower you to succeed and those around you to pitch in where they can to first show their love and second to do what they can to help that dream become a reality. When the latter exists, nothing is impossible, or so it seems.
For every restaurant in the planning stage, whether it’s a small mom and pop shop with a zero-based budget or a 15,000 square foot place with 400 seats that’s ready to spend five million dollars or more on construction and FF&E…there’s a design team involved